Fired football coach Rick Neuheisel will receive at least $4.5 million in a settlement yesterday of his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University of Washington.
The deal was announced by Judge Michael Spearman just before closing arguments were to begin in the five-week trial in Kent, Wash.
Former University of Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel greets his family, including son Jerry, 12, after it was announced all parties had reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the school and NCAA.
(Ted S. Warren -- AP)
Neuheisel will receive cash payments of $2.5 million from the NCAA and $500,000 from the university. Additionally, the university agreed not to seek repayment of a $1.5 million loan.
Neuheisel's attorneys also included $200,000 in interest on the loan in announcing their settlement figure of $4.7 million. University officials disputed that figure, saying no loan interest was included in the settlement.
"I feel fully vindicated," Neuheisel said outside the courtroom. "Obviously they're going to have their stories, too, but I feel like this is the best scenario. Nobody's nose gets bloodied."
"The legal system works," he added. "The players got together and found an amicable resolution. I'm thrilled to be moving on."
Neuheisel, now the quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens, had accused the university of wrongfully terminating his contract and the NCAA of encouraging Washington administrators to fire him.
The university had argued that he had signed a contract that allowed for his firing for acts of dishonesty. School officials have said Neuheisel was fired for gambling on an NCAA basketball pool and failing to be forthright about it with NCAA investigators.
Last week, Spearman left open the possibility of declaring a mistrial because the NCAA had failed to provide Neuheisel's legal team with an updated version of its bylaws during discovery. In a statement yesterday, the university said it agreed to settle because a mistrial could be declared.
-- From News Services