Kent State University has dismissed its claims against Bradley University for alleged contract interference involving former men's basketball coach Geno Ford, who left the Golden Flashes in 2011 to coach at Bradley.
Kent State earlier won a $1.2 million judgment against Ford. The lawsuit claimed Ford didn't have permission to terminate his Kent State contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2015.
Bradley says its actions and Ford's actions in the interview process were legal and transparent.
A Kent State spokeswoman says dismissing the claims against the Illinois university still allows the Ohio school to pursue litigation against Bradley if Ford doesn't fulfill the earlier judgment.
"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."
Ford's Kent State teams compiled a 68-37 record in three seasons. After going 18-17 a year ago, his Braves are now 25-42 in two seasons.
-- Associated Press