Jim Harrick, who confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune that he has talked informally with Brigham Young University about coaching the Cougar basketball team, will actively seek a job, even if the financial terms of his dismissal from UCLA remain unresolved, Harrick’s attorney said.
“He wants to work right now,” said Robert Tanenbaum, Harrick’s attorney. “This is a person who has worked all this life, always had a job to go to. Then, all of a sudden, the rug was pulled out from under him.”
BYU fired its coach, Roger Reid, earlier this season. Harrick’s name also has been mentioned at Louisiana State, whose coach, Dale Brown, has announced that he will quit at the end of the season.
Tanenbaum said that although Harrick has a general understanding with UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young to settle the issue, as of last week there was no agreement with the school about a financial settlement for the four left years left on Harrick’s contract.
If it becomes clear that no settlement is forthcoming, Tanenbaum said that Harrick may sue UCLA.