Duke says Giuliani properly dismissed for boorish behavior

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University says former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's son was properly dismissed from the golf team and was never promised a spot on the squad.

Andrew Giuliani sued Duke in July, claiming he was improperly cut from the team earlier this year and that the coach violated a contract he entered into when he agreed to come to the university and pay $200,000 in tuition and fees.

But Duke said in a court filing Wednesday that the 22-year-old Giuliani was properly suspended after throwing an apple in the face of another player, breaking a golf club during a tournament, injuring a teammate and becoming verbally abusive with a coach.

Giuliani's lawsuit says allegations were fabricated as coach O.D. Vincent III tried to shrink the size of the team.

Last season, when there were 14 players on the Blue Devils men's golf team, Giuliani was among the nine players who competed in only one or two tournaments. The team's top five golfers competed in at least nine tournaments.

Giuliani's best finish was a tie for 36th at the Fighting Illini Invitational in Olympia Fields, Ill. His season competition average was 74.5, good for 12th best on the team.

He finished tied for 60th at 7-over-par (73-77-73--223) at the Coca Cola Duke Golf Classic in Durham on Oct. 7-8, and tied for 36th at 14-over-par (73-75-76--224) at the Fighting Illini Invitational, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.