BREAKING NEWS: Former swimming coach files suit against UA

Former University of Albama swimming coach Don Wagner

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Published: Friday, December 19, 2003 at 4:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 19, 2003 at 4:15 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA | Former University of Alabama head swimming coach Don Wagner has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming that UA promised to give him a positive recommendation for his next job after he resigned last summer, but instead told potential employers he'd been fired for sexually harassing female swimmers.

When Wagner announced his resignation in July he said it was because he was burned out.

"I was working 70-hour weeks, and it was affecting me and my family," he said at the time.

But the lawsuit, filed Dec. 16 in federal court in Birmingham, suggests he was let go for other reasons.

In it, he alleges that Marie Robbins, UA's athletic director of women's sports told officials at Oregon State University that he "had been terminated by the University of Alabama as a consequence of his having sexually harassed female swimmers on his team and that she would recommend that he not be hired."

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