White Says Richardson Didn't Want Grad Rate Calculated into Salary Talks

MAY 10, 2004 - Posted at 3:25 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - University of Arkansas Chancellor John A. White told a federal judge today that the university built Nolan Richardson's contract differently than that of other coaches.  White said this was because the basketball coach wanted guaranteed money, not additional income based on incentives such as graduation rates.  White was the first witness to take the stand when the federal trial of Richardson's discrimination lawsuit resumed this morning.

White fired Richardson on March 1, 2002, on the recommendation of athletic director Frank Broyles, who beleived the coach had lost faith in the Razorbacks' program.

Richardson later sued the school and the private Razorback Foundation, an athletic department fund-raising arm, saying he was discriminated against he is black and outspoken.

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