Mike Pressler, who was the Duke University men's lacrosse coach in 2006 has filed a lawsuit over disparaging remarks about him in interviews by Duke officials. He claims in a lawsuit this was a violation of the settlement agreement. Newsobserver
Earlier this year when the settlement was announced John Burness, Duke's VP for public affairs, had these remarks.
"Coach Pressler is an excellent coach and did a great job building the Duke men's lacrosse program," John Burness, Duke's vice president for public affairs, told The Associated Press. "Unfortunately last spring it was essential for the team to have a change of leadership in order to move forward.
"We regret the negative consequences this decision had on Coach Pressler. He and Duke reached an amicable, fair financial settlement in which Duke recognized his contributions to the lacrosse program and the circumstances of his departure." Post
The date & content of the settlement was never released. However the verbose John Burness has made many strange remarks over the last six months which include saying there will be no apologies to the indicted lacrosse players.
Burness said there is a segment of the population that has asked him if Duke will apologize to the players if their legal problems disappear. "I said," Burness replied, "for what?"
"One of the things we certainly have come to understand in this case is that the coaches in general in each of our sports are responsible for the behavior of their teams," Burness said. That's why Duke doesn't have the same coach, Mike Pressler. Former Hofstra coach John Danowksi, who took over for Pressler, has added needed transparency. His team is an open book. Nothing is off limits. "Danowski is night and day," Burness said. "As our president (Richard H. Brodhead) said, `This guy's a mench. This guy gets it.' '' Johnsville
One wonders when Duke University will get a new spokesperson?
Hat Tip: Johnsville News for the April 9th Steven Marcus Newsday article