Lawsuit against Penn State coach going forward

Updated: May 15, 2006, 9:28 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A lawsuit against Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland is moving forward because a court-ordered mediation session didn't yield a settlement.

Former player Jennifer Harris says she isn't gay, but contends that Portland discriminated against her because the coach thought she was gay.

Portland maintains that Harris's departure for the team was purely a matter of athletic and academic performance.

Both sides say they're disappointed that they didn't work something out at today's negotiation session in Harrisburg.

Last month, the university fined Portland $10,000 after concluding that she violated school policies with alleged hostile treatment of Harris. Portland calls the investigation flawed and disputes the conclusion.

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