White football players suing over scholarship denial

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 7:15 AM
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ATLANTA — The cash Savannah State’s former football coach Robby Wells got as settlement of his reverse-discrimination lawsuit didn’t end the matter.

Still pending is a separate lawsuit filed by four players Wells recruited who say they were denied the scholarships he promised because they are white. The foursome filed suit July 12 in Federal District Court in Atlanta. Monday, their attorney asked for an extension until the end of the month to file a response to the school’s Nov. 14 request for a dismissal.

The four claim the majority-black university withdrew Wells’ verbal scholarship offers because their race. The state also has a policy to systematically keep SSU majority black, according to the foursome’s attorney, Matthew Billips of Atlanta.

“SSU employs recruitment policies and programs which are affirmatively designed to attract black students and faculty and which have contributed to the continued racial identifiability of SSU,” he wrote.

School officials argue that the players didn’t get scholarship offers because of concerns they wouldn’t have passed the academic standards. In the previous two years, 25 of players Wells gave scholarships wound up off the field for academic reasons.

Their home state was also an issue, rather than their race, according to the school.

Three of the four are from out of state. Wells replacement, Julian Dixon, recognized that scholarships for out-of-state students costs twice as much, and the program was already short of funds because Wells overspent 10 percent of the budget the previous year. Granting them all scholarships would have put the program $60,000 into the red this year, according to the school’s legal briefs.

“There is no legal requirement, NCAA requirement or Board of Regents requirement that a new coach must accept verbal offers extended by a former coach,” wrote the school’s attorney, Eddie Snelling Jr. with the Attorney General’s Office.

The two sides have spent months taking sworn testimony from school administrators, Wells and the players. The state has also submitted more than 2,000 documents that Billips requests.

The request for dismissal Snelling is asking Magistrate Gerrilyn G. Brill to review is 1,414 pages. So, when Billips asked for a little more time to prepare a response to the massive filing, Snelling agreed.

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Chillen
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Chillen 12/07/11 - 09:19 am
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About time white folks

About time white folks started standing up for themselves. Reverse discrimination is rampant.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/07/11 - 09:27 am
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I know a big white guy who

I know a big white guy who played tackle at Savannah State on scholarship a few years ago. Interesting stories.

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bdouglas 12/07/11 - 09:36 am
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Gonna be hard to prove unless

Gonna be hard to prove unless there's a good paper trail specfically saying not to sign them because they're white. These kinds of things don't usually work that way. It's a wink and a nudge sort of system when it comes to things like race and the good 'ol boy way of doing things.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/07/11 - 09:38 am
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Remember a few years ago when

Remember a few years ago when they had the black colleges golf national championship and all the players were white? That was hilarious.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/07/11 - 09:41 am
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All college football is

All college football is dominated by black guys these days. Hard to understand why these white guys were even recruited by that small black school. Heck, if there's a white guy on the field in an SEC game, the TV camera makes it a point to do close-ups on him just to prove there's one out there.

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Bruno 12/07/11 - 11:53 pm
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“There is no legal

“There is no legal requirement, NCAA requirement or Board of Regents requirement that a new coach must accept verbal offers extended by a former coach,” wrote the school’s attorney.
While this is true it is also illegal to discriminate based on race. Then again why would you want to go to SSU? It is ranked 33rd in the state of Georgia.

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