Kent State dismisses lawsuit against Bradley University

By WEEK Producer

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio – Kent State University has dismissed its lawsuit against Bradley University.

In July, an Ohio judge ruled that Bradley University intentionally interfered with Kent State’s contract with former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford.

Kent State had claimed that the university was damaged when Bradley hired Ford as its men’s basketball head coach in March 2011.

They had requested $1.6 million in damages. A trial was set to begin October 7.

However, attorney’s for the Kent State dismissed the pending lawsuit on Wednesday.

“It is not clear why Kent State used taxpayer dollars to pursue this case against Bradley and then withdrew it less than two weeks before trial,” said Bradley University attorney Bill Kohlhase. “In my experience, however, plaintiffs do not dismiss a case if they believe they would receive a damage award by going to trial. As a result of the dismissal, it is as if the case against Bradley never was filed.”

Bradley had consistently maintained that Kent State consented on multiple occasions to Ford interviewing for the Braves head coaching position.

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