K-State, Ron Prince headed to trial

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A lawsuit by Kansas State seeking to invalidate a buyout agreement with former football coach Ron Prince will go to trial.

Riley County District Judge David Stutzman issued a ruling Friday rejecting requests by both sides for summary judgment. Stutzman says the case presents questions that should be decided by a jury.

Prince was fired in November 2008, three months after signing a five-year contract extension.

Kansas State filed suit the following year to void an agreement that called for Prince to be paid $3.2 million in deferred compensation between 2015 and 2020.

The university argues the agreement was made in secret between Prince and then-athletic director Bob Krause and without the knowledge of other Kansas State officers.

Kansas State's associate general counsel, Pete Paukstelis, says the university looks forward to presenting its arguments to a jury.