May 5, 1994 |
Bill Shumard can never say he wasn't warned. Three years ago, he sat in a booth at Julie's restaurant across the street from USC, days after accepting the suicide mission of athletic director at Cal State Fullerton, joking about how the men's group at his parish had offered to pray for him. That was a good one, he said. Funny stuff. So the list of headaches awaiting him could wallpaper Titan Gym inside and out. Shumard shrugged. Those headaches were not unique to Fullerton, Shumard insisted.
March 23, 1994 |
The California State University system Tuesday was ordered to pay $300,000 in attorneys fees to representatives of former Cal State Fullerton volleyball Coach Jim Huffman, who in February won a $1.35 million judgment in his wrongful termination suit against the school. Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Bauer also denied a CSU attorney's motions for a new trial and to have the $1.35 million award reduced.
February 10, 1994 |
Lack of a paper trail leading to the decision to fire Jim Huffman, and unconvincing testimony from some defense witnesses proved most costly to Cal State Fullerton, according to jurors who awarded the former Titan volleyball coach $1.35 million in damages Tuesday.
February 9, 1994 |
Jim Huffman's two-year legal battle with Cal State Fullerton paid off Tuesday when an Orange County Superior Court jury awarded $1.35 million to the former Titan women's volleyball coach in his wrongful-termination suit against the university. Huffman's teams were 25-80 during his three years as Fullerton coach in 1989-91, but he improved to 2-0 in lawsuits against the school.
February 9, 1994 |
A jury awarded $1.35 million Tuesday to a former Cal State Fullerton coach who said he was unfairly fired after he fought and blocked the school's effort to kill the women's volleyball program in 1992. The university contended it acted properly when it fired Jim Huffman. But he argued that it was retaliation for his sex-discrimination lawsuit in 1992 that saved women's volleyball, forced changes in the school's athletic policies and embarrassed the school.
February 2, 1994 |
Cal State Fullerton President Milton Gordon testified Tuesday that a recommendation to fire Jim Huffman as women's volleyball coach was made several weeks before Huffman filed a lawsuit that blocked the school's attempt to drop the sport. "I couldn't pinpoint a specific meeting with (Titan Athletic Director) Bill Shumard, but he made the recommendation that the coach not be renewed based on performance," Gordon said during Huffman's wrongful-termination trial in Orange County Superior Court.