It appears Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk has business to address related to his time at San Diego State.
In a report by Mark Zeigler of The San Diego Union-Tribune, it’s revealed Sterk is expected to testify as part of Beth Burns’ wrongful termination suit against the university. Burns is the Aztecs’ former women’s basketball coach who announced her retirement in April 2013. She filed a civil complaint against the school in February 2014 and argued that expressing her opinion about the department’s Title IX compliance led to her termination.
Here’s more from the report:
The gist of the case is whether SDSU unlawfully fired its all-time winningest women’s basketball coach, just weeks after the Aztecs won a school-record 27 games and after one year of a five-year contract extension that paid her $220,000 annually before bonuses. Claiming breach of contract and retaliation for complaining about Title IX compliance, Burns, 57, is seeking $1.5 million for breach of contract and an additional $3 million for whistleblower retaliation, plus punitive damages.
The trial is scheduled to start Monday in San Diego Superior Court, and it’s expected to last 12 days. In addition to Sterk, the school’s men’s basketball coach, Steve Fisher, also could testify.
Sterk was introduced as Missouri’s athletic director on Aug. 11.