College Board rejects settling suit with fired JSU coach

Denise Taylor Travis
Denise Taylor Travis
Denise Taylor Travis

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s College Board has rejected a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson State University by a former women’s basketball coach.

The Clarion-Ledger ( reports the board rejected the agreement with Denise Taylor Travis Thursday while meeting in Purvis.

The move could renew legal action in the case. JSU and Travis had agreed to end the dispute, pending approval by the College Board, which governs Mississippi’s eight public universities.

Travis, who used the last name Taylor while at JSU, coached from 2001 to 2011 and led the program to the 2008 SWAC Tournament title. The university fired Taylor in June 2011.

Taylor sued, alleging wrongful termination, sexual discrimination, invasion of privacy and breach of contract, winning $382,000.

JSU filed motions seeking a new trial or a reduction in damages.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.