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Clarkson, Fired Hockey Coach Settle Suit

August 6, 2003

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Clarkson University reached a settlement Wednesday with its former men’s hockey coach, who was fired last November for an on-ice altercation with a player and was in the process of suing the school.

Terms of the settlement with former coach Mark Morris would remain confidential, the school said. Morris’ attorney, John Piasecki, was not immediately available for comment.

``The university is satisfied that this situation is now behind us and grateful that we can all move forward. Clarkson wishes Mr. Morris the best in the future,″ the university said in a release.

Morris was fired Nov. 15 for an altercation Nov. 2 involving Zachary Schwan, a junior reserve forward. Morris responded with a $15 million breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Over 14 seasons he had coached the team to one of the best records in Division I hockey.

A six-person jury was seated Monday to hear the case. In testimony Tuesday, Morris said the university took advantage of the incident to fire him as a way to reduce costs for the hockey program.

Morris said he declined to participate in the university’s follow-up investigation after deciding it was a witch hunt and that university officials already had decided to fire him.

Morris coached for 14 seasons at Clarkson, located in Potsdam, 126 miles north of Syracuse. He signed a six-year contract in February 2000.

He compiled a record of 306-153-42, and Clarkson made nine appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a Frozen Four berth in 1991. Morris was the ECAC coach of the year in 1991 and 2001 and a finalist for national coach of the year in 1999.

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