Fired coach Lon­er­gan plans to seek ‘re­lief’ from GW

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For­mer Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton men’s bas­ket­ball coach Mike Lon­er­gan be­lieves he was wrong­fully ter­mi­nated by the univer­sity in the wake of an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions he ver­bally abused play­ers, and might seek ac­tion against the school. GW an­nounced Lon­er­gan’s fir­ing Satur­day. Lon­er­gan’s at­tor­neys is­sued a state­ment Sun­day, say­ing the coach “will seek ap­pro­pri­ate re­lief ” from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton for breach of con­tract. Lon­er­gan, a for­mer Mary­land as­sis­tant coach, had al­most five years re­main­ing on his con­tract af­ter sign­ing an ex­ten­sion fol­low­ing an NCAA tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance in 2014. “He co­op­er­ated fully with the Ti­tle IX re­view,” Lon­er­gan’s at­tor­neys wrote in the state­ment. “The Univer­sity never iden­ti­fied to the Coach his ac­cuser, much less the de­tails and the sub­stance of the anony­mous ac­cu­sa­tions. He was de­nied ad­min­is­tra­tive due process in the form of a hear­ing as re­quired by his con­tract and the poli­cies of the Univer­sity.” Asked di­rectly whether Lon­er­gan had plans to sue the school, Tompsett de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. A GW spokesman said Sun­day that the school had no com­ment about Lon­er­gan’s be­lief that he was wrong­fully ter­mi­nated.

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