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Court rejects appeal by fired college basketball coach

August 18, 1997

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A federal appeals court Monday rejected an appeal by a basketball coach fired after being accused of making derogatory comments about a student of Polish descent.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling against Horace Ludwig, who sued after Ferris State decided in 1995 first to suspend him, then to fire him, effective in May 1996.

Ludwig was accused of making derogatory comments about a student who tried to win a spot on the basketball team.

The student filed a complaint with officials of the school. University officials said Ludwig continued making derogatory remarks about the student’s nationality and ultimately cut him from the team, despite warnings from athletic director Larry Marfise.

Marfise told Ludwig to stop making the remarks and not to retaliate against the student for making the complaint, university officials said.

U.S. District Judge Wendell Miles ruled for the school in July 1996. Appeals Judges Cornelia Kennedy, Leroy Contie Jr. and R. Guy Cole Jr. upheld that ruling Monday.

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