Football Coach

An appeals court in Louisiana upheld the dismissal of a former college football coach’s racial discrimination claim against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s board and director of athletics, finding that he was fired because of his losing record and declining attendance at games. The plaintiff, Jerry Lee Baldwin, was the university’s first black head football coach.

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Football Coaching

A high school football coach’s conduct may have been “distasteful” and offensive but did not amount to sex-based discrimination, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The players claim the coach referred to them with the term “pussy,” portraying them as “‘feminine’ and thus seemingly less valuable teammates in the ‘masculine’ setting” of football.

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Newtown Football Title Eases a Painful Anniversary

Newtown, Connecticut, observed the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community’s high school football team — with a shooting victim’s brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thriller.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Sets Limit on Fair-Report Privilege

What began with a youth football league’s fundraiser gone bad led to the Tennessee Supreme Court deciding on Thursday the fair report privilege – the privilege protecting journalists reporting on what is said during official government proceedings from defamation claims – doesn’t extend to journalists reporting on what officials tell them in one-on-one interviews.

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High School Football

A South Carolina appeals court ruled in favor of Charleston’s City Paper in a defamation dispute brought by high school football players and their head coach. The paper published an opinion piece criticizing the team’s post-game ritual in which they threw watermelons they had drawn faces on while making “monkey-like” sounds. 

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