A Travis County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas offensive line coach Joe Wickline against his former employer Oklahoma State as the two sides haggle over whether he should pay almost $600,000.
Judge Amy Clark Meachum notified attorneys for both Wickline and Oklahoma State of her decision on Thursday. OSU officials had argued that since Wickline signed the contract as an Oklahoma State employee, any arguments would be litigated in Payne County, as outlined in the contract agreement.
“The contract needs to be honored, and we hope UT and the UT athletic director calls it to be honored in Oklahoma, where this case is going,” said Sean Breen, an Austin attorney representing OSU.
Wickline worked for OSU before coming to Texas. To be fully released from his OSU obligations, Wickline had to be named offensive coordinator “with play-calling duties.” OSU believes that UT quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson is the Longhorns’ play-caller. The school sued Wickline in Oklahoma, which triggered Wickline’s countersuit to be brought in Travis County.
Oklahoma State officials are seeking $593,478 in damages, as outlined by Wickline’s OSU contract.