Court overturns $1 million judgment against University of Minnesota

Aug. 13, 2012
University backed out of a job offer to an assistant basketball coach

From The St. Paul Pioneer Press: The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned a $1 million award against the University of Minnesota and men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, ruling that although they treated a prospective assistant coach unfairly, they couldn't be held financially responsible for backing out of a job offer that Smith lacked the authority to make. Jimmy Williams quit as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University in 2007 because he believed Smith had hiring authority when he offered him an assistant coaching position. That fell through after Minnesota's athletics director, Joel Maturi, learned that Williams had been cited for multiple major NCAA rules violations while working as a Golden Gophers assistant coach from 1971 to 1986.

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