Chatman won't owe LSU $400,000 for leaving early

Pokey Chatman, who resigned as coach of the LSU women's basketball team last week, will not have to pay $400,000 in penalties for leaving the school before her contract expired, according to a report in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La.

The newspaper, which cited university officials, reported Wednesday that Chatman's contract required her to pay the school $200,000 in damages for each year remaining on her contract if she left LSU before her deal was up. Chatman's contract was scheduled to run through June 2009.

Herb Vincent, a senior associate athletic director at LSU, told The Advocate the school decided not to enforce that clause in Chatman's contract because she did not immediately take another coaching job. LSU will continue to pay Chatman's salary through the end of April.

Chatman, 37, abruptly stepped down as LSU's coach March 7, saying she wanted to pursue other career opportunities. The next day, reports surfaced that Chapman resigned after school officials learned that she allegedly had inappropriate conduct with a former player while Chatman was an assistant coach.