A Portage County Common Pleas judge has awarded Kent State University $1.2 million in damages after former men's basketball coach Geno Ford breached his contract by taking a coaching position at Bradley University in Illinois in March 2011.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Kent State announced Judge John Enlow's decision just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. The decision was handed down Friday, July 12.
"Ohio's public colleges and universities have a duty to students and taxpayers to be wise stewards of tuition and taxpayer moneys," DeWine said. "When coaches and high-profile employees leave public universities in breach of their contracts, the state of Ohio has an obligation to seek the compensation to which it is entitled. I am pleased that the court has awarded the damages due to Kent State."
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