Fired coach Lonergan plans to seek ‘relief’ from GW
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.