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BREAKING NEWS: Former Mississippi State coach files lawsuit against NCAA

The Associated Press
December 15, 2004

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STARKVILLE, Miss. | Former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and two of its investigators, claiming the defendants caused him to lose his job and drove him out of college football by making false allegations.

In October, the NCAA placed Mississippi State’s football program on four years probation, stripped it of four scholarships during each of the next two seasons and banned the Bulldogs from postseason play this year.

The NCAA’s infractions committee reported it had found that two former Mississippi State assistants and several boosters committed recruiting violations between 1998-2002. Allegations of unethical conduct against Sherrill were dismissed.

The Starkville Daily News reported Wednesday that Sherrill filed the lawsuit Dec. 2 in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court, seeking several million dollars in damages. The lawsuit names the NCAA, investigators Richard Johanningmeier and Mark P. Jones, and Ridgeland businesswoman Julie Gibert as defendants, both jointly and separately.

Sherrill, who announced his retirement in October 2003, claims Johanningmeier, Jones, and Gibert fabricated charges against him during the NCAA probe and defamed him by releasing the charges to the media.

The publication of allegations made by Johanningmeier, Jones, and Gibert were intended to permanently damage Sherrill’s personal and professional reputation and career, the suit claims.

Sherrill could not immediately be contacted for comment.

In a 2003 interview with The Associated Press, Sherrill said he believed “there is a group of people that went after Mississippi State. The investigator didn’t want to know the truth when he was given information.
12-15-2004 07:33 PM
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