MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Stanford University recently agreed to an employment discrimination settlement that would keep Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green's name out of a sexual harassment claim, according to the Star Tribune.

The Star Tribune, in a copyright story published today, cited court documents indicating the woman told Stanford officials she would amend her original complaint to cite the school and an unnamed individual in a sexual harassment case unless the employment discrimination suit was resolved.

The newspaper did not disclose other terms of the settlement.

Green was Stanford's head football coach before moving to Minnesota in January 1992.

The Star Tribune reported that Green was the individual referred to in the court papers, filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland. The newspaper identified the woman only as an employee of the Stanford Athletic Department from 1991 until being laid off in April 1992, when she claimed she was being discriminated against.

Green allegedly offered to protect her job in exchange for sex, the newspaper said. He also was accused of pinning her against a wall, and, while in Honolulu for the 1991 Aloha Bowl, allegedly grabbed her by the arms on a hotel balcony after she refused his advances.

Green, 45, denied the accusations in an interview with the Star Tribune on Thursday night at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

``I have never sexually harassed anyone at Stanford University. I have never sexually harassed anyone. I have never physically assaulted anyone in my entire life,'' he said.

The Star Tribune cited interviews with people familiar with the woman's allegations, but said none of them would be identified because they feared retribution.

Vikings president Roger Headrick, whom the Star Tribune also interviewed in Indianapolis, said he knew nothing about the allegations against Green.

``A lot of people have asked me recently: `Well, did you ever check Dennis Green's background?' Well, hell yes, I did. I checked with people at Stanford, and I got a very positive endorsement. I knew nothing of Denny Green that was negative,'' Headrick said.

Green, along with Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon, also has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior in a September 1993 affidavit made public late last month.

In the affidavit, former Vikings operations director Dan Endy said that a woman whose company did business with the Vikings told him Green ``made her feel that she had to acquiesce to sexually inappropriate communications as a part of doing her job.''