Fired LSU band director Roy King to have suit handled in federal court _lowres

Photo by RACHEL SALTZBERG -- LSU Tiger Marching Band Director Roy King spends a moment with band members before halftime during the 2014 football season.

After a contentious exit from LSU, former Tigers band director Roy King has accepted a position as the band leader for Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida. 

King, who was named national band director of the year in 2014, was announced as the choice to lead Tate's "Showband of the South" on Thursday. He led LSU's band from 2010-'16. He had most recently worked at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola.

King, who was in Tiger Band as a student and had worked at LSU since 1998, claimed he was fired in violation of his First Amendment rights and his due process rights. He also accused the university of defamation, libel and slander.

King's termination letter accused him of, among other things, circumventing management directives by awarding scholarships to members of the Golden Girls dance team and flag girls of the color guard without proper approval.

King filed a lawsuit against the school, which was settled in June. Both King and the university said in statements that they were pleased with the outcome of lawsuit.

Without any admission of fault or liability, LSU paid $110,000 to settle the suit.

LSU agreed to pay the former Golden Band from Tigerland director $10,000 for lost wages and $63,333 for personal and bodily injuries.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said the settlement represents a year's salary that King was entitled to pursuant to university policy.

The school paid another $36,666 to King's lawyer, Jill Craft, for attorney's fees.