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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:38 pm | Updated: 2:49 pm, Wed May 8, 2013.

Robb Akey is seeking "a fair and equitable portion" of the $105,000 media compensation payout he would have received had he been allowed to finish the 2012 season as the University of Idaho's football coach, according to paperwork filed at the Nez Perce County Courthouse.

In mid-April, Akey filed a lawsuit against UI and other state of Idaho entities claiming there was a breach of contract. The suit claims the "defendant has failed and refused to pay compensation, including but not limited to supplemental media compensation."

Akey's contract, which is included in the case file, states he was due a media payout of $210,000 between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Half of the payment was due before the first game of the 2012 regular season, and the other half was due within two weeks of the Vandals’ final game. Akey apparently received the first payout but none of the second.

Here's what his contract says: "Coach's right to receive the second half of such payment shall vest on the date of the Team’s last regular season or postseason competition, whichever occurs later, provided Coach has fully participated in media programs and public appearances through that date."

Akey was fired Oct. 21 with four games left in Idaho’s season. According to his lawsuit, his dismissal became official Oct. 31.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Tribune.

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