Former coach sues San Jose State

Updated: June 29, 2013, 4:19 AM ET
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Former San Jose State track and cross country coach Ron Davis filed a $2.25 wrongful termination suit Friday, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News.

Davis, who is African-American, alleged discrimination and retaliation in the 16-page suit, claiming racial bias in his contract being terminated by the school after one year, according to the Mercury News. A member of the Spartan Sports Hall of Fame, the 72-year-old Davis also said a campaign for his termination led by athletic director Gene Bleymaier caused emotional distress that required him to have heart tests in January, the report said.

According to the Mercury News, a statement by a school spokesman said, "this is a personnel matter that we cannot discuss publicly other than to say the university has strict policies against discrimination and retaliation, and the university denies in the strongest terms any allegations that it discriminated or retaliated against Ron Davis in any way and for any reason. The terms of Mr. Davis' contract were honored and fulfilled. His one-year appointment expired and was not renewed."

The cross country team placed last at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championships, according to the report.