Last week, West Virginia’s former Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and West Virginia University agreed to part ways. Lyons had served in his role since 2015.
“We’ve seen from the portal, to name, image, and likeness, to another round of conference realignment,” interim Director of Athletics Rob Alsop said. “President Gee in thinking about this, decided that with this ever-changing landscape, that it would be a good opportunity to find a fresh perspective for the program.”
Now a week following the announcement, the details of the money Lyons is getting paid as part of his departure have been revealed.
Hoppy Kercheval of WV Metro News, reported Lyons’ buyout exceeds $2 million, and it will come close to $2.5 million following incentives.
“Buyout for Shane Lyons is $2.1 million, plus $312,000 for incentives he has earned this year,” Kercheval said in a tweet. “Lyons will stay in payroll through Jan. 5, 2023 as “special assistant to the president.” But doubt he will have any responsibilities.”
Lyons leaves West Virginia after giving a contract extension to current head coach Neal Brown, who in four seasons is 21-25. Alsop said, West Virginia University hopes to have a new Director of Athletics in the coming weeks, before letting them make a final decision on the future of Brown.