O'Leary recalled telling Plancher after the sprints, "You're better than that." When Yerrid asked O'Leary if he thought sickle cell trait athletes should be addressed with concern and empathy so they feel comfortable removing themselves from workouts, O'Leary responded, "I did not know he was suffering from any ailment when I addressed him." He later added, "If you're asking me how I felt after everything went down that day, awful. I felt awful. I lost a member of the family that day."
Yerrid began his questioning of O'Leary by asking the coach to introduce himself and list his employment status. They reviewed the terms of his 2007 football contract.
O'Leary said he is "CEO of the football program" and he would contact UCF President John Hitt, who is chairman of the UCF Athletics Association, if he needed something outside the program.
He said UCFAA Athletic Director Keith Tribble is his immediate supervisor.
O'Leary said he manages the football program's budget, but Tribble and the UCFAA board of directors make the final decisions.
Yerrid asked O'Leary whether college football players are paid beyond their scholarship, he said no.
When O'Leary was asked whether he was different from the players and was compensated for the team's performance in games, the coach said he was paid to do his job.
Yerrid reviewed O'Leary's contract, citing all compensation and incentives he receives for his work.
UCFAA attorney Kevin Taylor objected, asking the judge to keep the review of the contract to a minimum because it was being used for inflammatory purposes. "We all have jobs that are performance based," Taylor said. The judge overruled the objection.
O'Leary said while his contract states he receives compensation for UCF football camps, but the coach said he "does not take a dime of that money." O'Leary said he gives the money to his assistant coaches.
When he was asked whether winning was important for him because it translated to more financial compensation, O'Leary said "I'm in this game for more than money." He later added, "that's how your retain your job."
O'Leary said his contract is no different than any other college football coach.
He was asked about incentives for higher attendance at football games. O'Leary agreed he would receive financial compensation for higher attendance at games.
Yerrid then showed the jury a section of O'Leary's contract that outlined grounds for termination. O'Leary agreed the list did not include penalties for wins and losses.
Yerrid then highlighted a section that indicated if O'Leary either was terminated or left without cause, there would be a $5 million payout owed to the party that did not initiate the departure.
"It's protection for both sides," O'Leary said.
O'Leary was asked if he told Plancher he had sickle cell trait. The coach responded, "I never told him. Mary did."
Yerrid asked O'Leary not to speak on behalf of other people. He then asked O'Leary whether he thought it was important for Plancher to be told about the trait.
O'Leary said "it was important to the student athlete, not just me. The people who work for me who have a responsibility to counsel and educate them."
Yerrid asked O'Leary if it's important that the athletes have a sense of trust in their coaches.