Robb Akey suing the University of Idaho

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Idaho head coach Robb Akey coaches from the sidelines in the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Dakota, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Moscow, Idaho.
(KBOI) - When it comes to a great sound bite, nobody's better than Robb Akey at giving you something to make people listen. But speaking with him Tuesday night about his pending lawsuit, Akey was almost tight-lipped.

He said he'd love to tell us more, but his lawyer has advised him to simply confirm he has filed the lawsuit, say he's looking forward to a good resolution, and leave it at that.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Akey's lawsuit is over the media participation portion of his contract.

Akey's contract paid him a base salary of nearly $166,000 in state funds, plus an additional $190,000 in media compensation from private donations.

The fired coach is suing for an unspecified amount to be determined at trial. Akey was dismissed following a 70-28 loss at Louisiana Tech October 20, 2013. Assistant coach Jason Gesser led the program for the final four games of the season and Idaho hired Paul Petrino to take over the program this off-season.

Although he's missed Vandal Football, Akey said the experience has been bitter-sweet. He's been able to spend more time with his family, and even watch his sons play basketball games.

The lawsuit, filed April 16 in Latah County, was first scheduled to be heard October 15, 2013 by Judge John Stegner. Stegner recused himself and according to the Idaho state repository, the case has been reassigned in Nez Perce County to District Judge Carl Kerrick.

Defendants named in the lawsuit include the University of Idaho, the University of Idaho Board of Regents and the Idaho State Board of Education.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.