Saturday, February 21, 2004

Van Breda Kolff claims wrongful dismissal



The Associated Press

OLEAN, N.Y. - Former St. Bonaventure basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff is seeking the approximately $1 million left on his contract, saying he was wrongfully dismissed by the school.

"Total wrongful termination. They should not have dismissed him as coach," van Breda Kolff's lawyer, Lew Connor, said Friday. "Hopefully, I can convince St. Bonaventure to do the right thing."

School spokesman David Ferguson declined to comment.

Van Breda Kolff had four years left on his contract when he was fired by the university last April as a result of a player eligibility scandal. On Thursday, the NCAA placed the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team on three years' probation for using junior forward Jamil Terrell, who was ruled ineligible last February for failing to meet junior college transfer guidelines. The NCAA ruled that van Breda Kolff committed no violations.

MARQUETTE: Assistant basketball coach Trey Schwab is showing steady improvement in his recovery from a double-lung transplant, Golden Eagles coach Tom Crean said.

The 39-year-old Schwab remains in the intensive care unit at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where he is expected to be sedated for another week.

Schwab was diagnosed in late 2001 with the rare, incurable disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which attacks the air sacks in the lungs and hinders the body's ability to process oxygen. The cause of the disease is not known.




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