The settlement agreement provides for a payment to Neuheisel of $3.0 million, of which $2.5 million will be paid by the NCAA and $500,000 by the University. The University also agreed not to seek repayment of a $1.5 million loan made by the University to Neuheisel in 2002 as part of his compensation package. The University¹s portion of the settlement will be paid out of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics operating reserve fund.
After six weeks of trial in King County Superior Court, the presentation of
evidence by all parties was completed on Wednesday. Closing arguments had
been scheduled to begin this morning.
"In June 2003, the University made the decision to terminate its head
football coach in accordance with the terms of his contract," according to
the University's lead counsel in the case, Lou Peterson. "The University
presented the grounds for that decision in court and is confident of its
position. However, during the final days of trial, events outside the
University¹s control raised the serious threat of a mistrial or reversal.
The University is pleased that the NCAA assumed responsibility to help
resolve the difficult situation that had developed around changes in its
"The University expresses its appreciation to the jurors, who have devoted
their time and attention to hearing this case," said Peterson. "They are a
critical component of our system of justice."
Settlement reached in Neuheisel case
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