Coach Mark Bernardino signed non-disparagement clause in return for two-year full salary

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In a letter sent by Athletic Director Craig Littlepage on June 27 and signed by Bernardino on June 30, one day before he abruptly announced he would be retiring after 35 years leading the Virginia swimming and diving program, Bernardino was instructed not to speak negatively about the university or the athletic department in exchange for certain benefits from the school.

Bernardino will continue to be paid his annual base salary of approximately $104,000 and receive university benefits through March 31, 2015, even if he takes a new job elsewhere. He and his wife also still have access to university fitness facilities and his family will keep their season tickets to all Virginia sports.

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