Judge rules Bradley interfered with Ford's contract with Kent State

By WEEK Producer

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio – An Ohio judge has ruled that Bradley University intentionally interfered with Kent State’s contract with former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford.

A trial has been set for October 7. Court documents show that Kent State had requested $1.6 million in damages from Bradley but that a Portage County jury will determine the actual amount of damages BU caused to Kent State.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled against Ford and ordered him to pay Kent State $1.2 million in damages.

Both lawsuits claimed that Ford breached his coaching contract with Kent State when he accepted his current position with Bradley in 2011. That contract was scheduled to expire in 2015.

In a statement released July 16, an attorney for Bradley University states the school "continues to strongly believe that it's and Coach Ford's actions have been entirely ethical, legal and transparent."