Discrimination case postponed for Reagan funeral

LITTLE ROCK -- Closing arguments in Nolan Richardson's
discrimination case against the University of Arkansas will be held
next week to accommodate a federal observance on Friday declared by
President Bush for the funeral of former President Reagan.

U.S. District Court Clerk James McCormack said Tuesday that
arguments, originally scheduled for Friday, will be held June 16
beginning at 9 a.m. Written arguments in the case were due Tuesday,
but U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson Jr. extended the deadline
until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Arkansas fired Richardson on March 1, 2002, saying the coach had
expressed a lack of faith in the Razorbacks' basketball program by
saying publicly he would leave if the school paid him his money.
Richardson sued, claiming racial discrimination and a violation of
free-speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The trial started May 5 and testimony ended last week. Wilson
heard almost a month of testimony and will decide the case without
a jury.