MAY 10, 2004 - Posted at 11:49 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - University of Arkansas Chancellor John A. White took the stand this morning in the federal trial of a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by fired basketball coach Nolan Richardson. Richardson's lawyer questioned White about whether the coach's contract included language that would have let the chancellor fire him.
White said that when he fired Richardson on March 1, 2002, he was exercising a right that was included in a pact Richardson signed in 2000. Richardson lawyer John Walker questioned whether the document gave White that authority.
The lawsuit against the university is being heard by U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson, Jr. without a jury. Richardson is seeking monetary damages and his former job.