Morris, Clarkson settle out of court
Clarkson head coach Mark Morris reached an out-of-court settlement
with the university Wednesday, bringing to an end an acrimonious
dispute that started following an alleged altercation with a player
nearly nine months ago.
just hard letting go of something that has been a big part of my
life," Morris told Watertown, N.Y.-based WWNY-TV. Terms of
the agreement were not disclosed.
The announcement brought to an end a civil trial in which Morris,
the Golden Knights' bench boss for 15 years, sought $15 million
from the university for defamation and breach of contract in connection
with his dismissal in November. The trial started in a New York
State courtroom Monday (Aug. 4).
Morris, who posted 306-156-42 record with the Golden Knights, was
fired by Clarkson president Denny Brown Nov. 15. The move came 13
days after a team member accused Morris of engaging in a physical
confrontation with him during a Saturday morning skate.
"We're pleased that it's finally resolved and will be behind
us," said university vice president Gary Kelly to WWNY.