University considers appeal in Williams case

by Derek Wetmore

Jimmy Williams was awarded $1.247 million from the University in the lawsuit filed against head coach Tubby Smith, but now the attorneys for the University have asked for a new trial. The request for a new trial is something Minnesota has considered since the verdict was announced at the beginning of June. At the time, the University of Minnesota released a saying they thought that, "the extraordinary amount awarded is completely unjustified by the facts" and they "will be considering a variety of post-trial options, including an appeal," according to the Star Tribune.

The jury heard an eight-day trial for Williams, who claimed he was promised an assistants job by coach Smith, only to have athletic director Joel Maturi reject the hiring due to NCAA violations with Minnesota in his time there from 1971-86. Williams testified that he quit his job Oklahoma State and put his house on the market under the promise a Minnesota coaching job, a position to which he was never instated. Williams was suing for $1.7 million in lost income.

The judge has said that she will take all this information under advisement, and a decision is coming soon. There have been no known talks of a settlement at this point.