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.
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