Lawsuit Against Bradley Dismissed By Kent State

September 25, 2013

Bradley University’s hiring process of head coach Geno Ford is no longer being disputed by Kent State University as KSU’s attorneys dismissed the pending lawsuit today.  

The trial, scheduled to begin Oct. 7 in Portage County, Ohio, would have examined Kent State’s claim that it was damaged when Bradley hired Ford as its men’s basketball head coach in March 2011.  Bradley has consistently maintained that Kent State consented on multiple occasions to Ford interviewing for the Braves head coaching position.

“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.”

“Our actions during the hiring of Coach Ford, just like the hiring of all our staff members, were ethical, legal and transparent,” added Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross.  “President (Joanne) Glasser and all of us associated with the issue have always been confident that the hiring of Coach Ford was completely appropriate.  We are very pleased that Bradley University's position is effectively supported by this dismissal.”