MAY 5, 2004 - Posted at 11:35 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A lawyer for the University of Arkansas says former basketball coach Nolan Richardson's discrimination lawsuit is about money and hatred.
In opening statements this morning, university attorney Phil Kaplan said Richardson's suit is based on the former coach's hatred of athletic director Frank Broyles and about being paid.
Richardson lawyer John Walker deferred his opening statement.
Richardson gave a hint as to how contentious his court fight against the university might be when school officials asked him to resign the day before firing the basketball coach in 2002. According to notes that Athletic Director Frank Broyles made after a February 28, 2002, meeting, Richardson told him, "I will destroy you. You will have no legacy. I know enough on you that you will have no legacy when I get through. I will have a better legacy than you will."
Chancellor John White's notes closely mirror Broyles' recollection.