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Former Miami Quarterback Settles Lawsuit Over Benching

June 24, 1996

MIAMI (AP) _ Bryan Fortay, who sued the University of Miami over what he claims were broken promises to make him the starting quarterback, settled with the school Monday.

The school issued a release saying both sides ``have resolved their differences on terms mutually satisfactory to all parties, and all claims are dismissed.″

Terms were not disclosed, and the university, the Fortays and their attorneys would not elaborate.

Asked if terms of the settlement were confidential, Fortay’s father, Peter, said, ``Yes, so I can’t comment.″

Fortay charged in the $10 million federal lawsuit that coach Dennis Erickson reneged on a promise to make him the starting quarterback. Gino Torretta got the starting position instead and went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1992.

Fortay transferred to Rutgers, where he played in 1992 and 1993.

As part of the lawsuit, Fortay filed transcripts of 16 conversations over a three-year period involving Erickson and other coaches. The university said the material should not be admitted as evidence because they must have been taped in violation of state law.

Transcripts quoted Erickson as telling Peter Fortay in 1990: ``As far as I’m concerned, in all honesty, Bryan Fortay will be the next starter here. In the next two years, he’ll play here and he’ll have the opportunity to win the Heisman.″

Erickson, now coach of the Seattle Seahawks, was dismissed as a defendant earlier and is not part of the settlement.

Fortay played in the arena and world football leagues before attending law school.

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