Ex-coach sues Minnesota's Smith

Updated: June 19, 2009, 2:14 PM ET
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A former assistant coach who said he quit his previous job to work with Minnesota's Tubby Smith, only to be denied the job later, has sued Smith for more than $50,000, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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It is the second lawsuit Jimmy Williams has filed in the case. The other, filed against the University of Minnesota, alleges "negligent misrepresentation" against the school.

Williams, who was coaching at Oklahoma State in 2007, quit with one year left on his contract to join Smith's staff in a $200,000-per-year job, the suit claims. However, Williams' hire was denied by Minnesota athletic director Joe Maturi in April 2007, he claims.

Williams previously coached at Minnesota in the 1970s. During that time frame, the school was accused of committing NCAA violations.

"Between March 30, 2007, and April 2, 2007, Smith did not disclose to Williams that his authority to hire him was anything but complete and final," the lawsuit said, according to the Star Tribune.

The lawsuit claims Smith told Williams that he was the right person for the job. " I think we'd be a great team together," the suit said Smith told Williams. "I am really offering you the job, and I can get you the money that you wanted."

It accuses Smith of "false representations of authority."

Lawyers for Smith and Williams weren't available for comment Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.