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Lawsuit against Penn State coach going forward

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.