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KU offensive coordinator facing lawsuit in California

Chuck Long, right, then as the San Diego State head coach, congratulates running back Atiyyah Henderson after Henderson scored a touchdown against Idaho on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego. Long is now the offensive coordinator for the Kansas University football team.

Chuck Long, right, then as the San Diego State head coach, congratulates running back Atiyyah Henderson after Henderson scored a touchdown against Idaho on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego. Long is now the offensive coordinator for the Kansas University football team.

March 11, 2010

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Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long, formerly the head coach at San Diego State, has been accused by a former player of negligent supervision regarding a fight between teammates and is facing a civil lawsuit in the matter, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Former Aztec Nick Sandford, a safety, alleges he was assaulted by teammate Lance Louis at a team meeting in November 2008. The Tribune report indicates that Long informed SDSU staff members “not to report the attack to law enforcement or university officials.”

The newspaper also reported that Sandford suffered a concussion, a ruptured eardrum and facial injuries from the attack. The suit seeks unspecified damages from both Long and the California State University system.

Louis, now an offensive lineman with the Chicago Bears, is facing misdemeanor assault charges.

Long was not available for comment Thursday, but Jim Marchiony, KU associate athletic director for external relations, said: “This is a matter between an individual and the California State University system. We have no comment and plan to let the legal system play out.”

Comments

SpunKey 5 years, 4 months ago

Reality check. Cover-ups happen all the time.

When it doesn't we have riffs like the basketball and fooftball team issue that led to Mangino leaving. This will likely settle out of court at the expense of the university. Which costs a univ more?

The student was an adult and could have pressed charges against the individual at the time of event. Instead he goes after system once he is gone?! This smells like greed to me? I'm curious who paid the medical bills at the time.....

If he had pressed charges at the time, a little PR spash may have helped him and school gain attention of pros.

pfunk81 5 years, 4 months ago

Number 1 Grandma, this is Gill's coach not Mangino's.

thebigspoon 5 years, 4 months ago

He must not have been much of a safety if he couldn't even out run an offensive lineman...

Joe Hyde 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm with Spunkey on this. It's all about greed.

After the alleged assault took place, why did the victim/plaintiff wait 16 months to file a lawsuit against...not his assailant but a coach who was not directly involved?

If the victim thinks he was attacked wrongfully, if his injuries were found to be serious by an examination conducted immediately after the attack, then why not get some payback by personally counter-attacking the assailant through the legal system? Easy to do: just go straight to the police and make a complaint against the guy who beat him up. That was his decision to make, not the school staff's.

Rickyonealku 5 years, 4 months ago

Well lets see Coach Long was fired from San Diego State University and sounds like they tried to keep this IN HOUSE until it became Public Record. What other facts are of public record covering or involving Coach Long???? Being a Head Coach not an easy job just ask Coach Mark Mangion.

bad_dog 5 years, 4 months ago

Keep in mind that Louis now plays in the NFL-not that deep pockets are ever an inducement to sue or anything...

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

So college athletics has become about demonstrating to college athletes that breaking laws is okay......

Jim Williamson 5 years, 4 months ago

"He must not have been much of a safety if he couldn't even out run an offensive lineman..."

No more calls, please. We have a winner.

The big fella could've at least tried to hit the big guy with his purse or something.

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