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Former basketball coach Scott Cross reaches settlement with UTA

The University of Texas-Arlington fired head basketball coach Scott Cross on March 26.
The University of Texas-Arlington fired head basketball coach Scott Cross on March 26. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

The University of Texas at Arlington and former men's basketball head coach Scott Cross have reached a settlement.

On Monday, March 26, UTA athletic director Jim Baker announced the firing of Cross and his staff. But because he was reassigned, he technically remained an employee of the university.

Cross's attorney, Joey McCutchen of the law firm McCutchen & Sexton, said Cross will be paid $400,000 of the $762,000 left on the remaining two years of his contract. The settlement amount will not be reduced if he is hired by another school.

In 2016, he was given a contract extension that was supposed to run through the 2019-20 season. In the 2016-17 season, Cross led UTA to a school-record 27 wins. But the program still cost the university more than $1 million, according to an analysis of financial reports obtained by the Star-Telegram through the state’s Open Records Act.

In the last three seasons at UTA, Cross has a combined record of 72-33. Because of Cross's recent success, McCutchen said a number of universities are interested in his client, though he gave no further information.

UT Arlington announced Texas Tech assistant Chis Ogden as its next men's basketball coach Friday.

UTA coach Scott cross says the team's NIT run shows the school has what it takes to be a consistent mid-major power. Video by Jimmy Burch

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