Northwestern, ncaa seek to dismiss basketball player’s lawsuit over transfer rules – cbssports. com

Northwestern and the NCAA on Tuesday filed separate motions asking a federal judge to dismiss the class-action lawsuit by former Northwestern basketball player Johnnie Vassar, who is seeking to end NCAA transfer rules that require a player to sit out one year.

Vassar claimed in November that Northwestern coach Chris Collins and the university used intimidation tactics to force him out of his athletic scholarship. Baseball field vector He also alleged the school falsified records and offered a “cash payment” in attempts to force him off his athletic scholarship so Northwestern could sign another player.

In filings Tuesday with the Northern District Court of Illinois, Northwestern largely avoided addressing the specific allegations at this time. Football games on now Vassar is still at Northwestern with a full scholarship paid for from the university’s general scholarship fund. Spring training arizona schedule He was a reserve player for one year in 2014-15.

The lawsuit argued that Northwestern committed fraud by breaching an obligation to provide Vassar a four-year athletic scholarship, including access to training, athletic facilities, early class registration, tutoring and summer school funding. Softball tryouts near me Northwestern said besides that Vassar remains on a full scholarship, he hasn’t sufficiently shown the university had a contractual obligation to provide any more.

Northwestern said Vassar’s athletic scholarship contract wasn’t even in effect at the time of the alleged breach, the alleged damages weren’t part of a contract between the school and Vassar, and the benefits he seeks would be legally barred under Illinois law because they are not in writing.

Northwestern also asked a federal judge to remove allegations in Vassar’s complaint that “improperly” disclose settlement talks between the parties. Facebook search people The lawsuit alleged that Northwestern offered a “cash payment” to “make Johnnie go away and free-up his scholarship.”

“Thus, Northwestern’s Deputy General Counsel, Priva Harjani, informally inquired into Johnnie’s openness to considering a cash payment equivalent to the remaining value of his athletics scholarship,” Vassar’s lawsuit stated. Softball cheers “However, Johnnie rejected such a notion out of concern that such a payment would violate NCAA rules, end his ability to play NCAA basketball, and result in the loss of other valuable attributes of his athletics scholarship, such as access to academic support services for athletes.”

In Tuesday’s court filing, Northwestern described these and other settlement talks between Vassar’s attorney and Northwestern’s attorneys as “alleged communications.” Northwestern said Vassar’s inclusion of settlement talks tries to “prejudice” the university and “would seriously undermine the longstanding policy of promoting settlement discussions between parties in a dispute.”

Vassar’s dispute became connected to NCAA transfer rules because he said he was stuck by trying to play elsewhere. Landscape pictures According to Vassar, other teams would only take him if he could play immediately but the NCAA told schools he needed to transfer first so the new university could apply for a waiver, which was unlikely to be granted.

Northwestern said Vassar and the coaching staff began talking about whether he should consider transferring after the 2014-15 season. Dripping springs texas hotels Vassar has said Collins told him in February 2015 that he “sucked,” had a bad attitude, and shouldn’t expect to play anymore. Little league pitch count chart Vassar claimed he and his mother received at least 16 phone calls and numerous text messages from coaches in March 2015 urging him to transfer.

Vassar announced on Twitter on March 30, 2015, that he would be transferring to another school. Drip from my walk lyrics Vassar said in November he never chose to transfer since he wanted a Northwestern degree and felt he needed to respond publicly after the school put out a press release saying he elected to leave.

The university said Vassar agreed to a non-participation agreement that he was not continuing as a basketball player and wouldn’t be eligible for additional athletic benefits. Dripping springs high school football Northwestern said Vassar’s only specific allegation of lost benefits is he spent money for gym time and personal trainers and therapists that he would have had as a team member.

To fulfill the non-participation agreement, Northwestern said it assigned Vassar to the athletic facilities department. Home design ideas pictures Vassar said he picked up trash, wiped bleachers, raked leaves and mowed lawns, among other duties.

“Unhappy with his assignment, Plaintiff ‘repeatedly sought assistance’ (i.e., complained) to various individuals at Northwestern, seeking to be reassigned,” Northwestern wrote.

Vassar said Northwestern tried to remove him from the athletic scholarship by claiming he breached his contract by working fewer than the agreed-upon eight hours per week. Baseball online free Vassar claimed Northwestern submitted fraudulent time cards as its evidence. Basketball games He included in the lawsuit time cards with somebody else’s name crossed out on one and Vassar’s first name misspelled on another.