DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says a lawsuit filed by a former star player against women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly has been settled for $60,000.
Nikki Moody had sued Fennelly, the university and the state of Iowa for racial discrimination and retaliation, saying she was repeatedly called a “thug” and labeled a selfish player despite being the program’s career assists leader. A trial was set for September.
The school said Thursday that the Iowa attorney general’s office had reached a settlement agreement. Moody will receive $35,600, with the rest going to attorneys. The deal includes no admission of guilt by the defendants.
Fennelly had been dismissed from the lawsuit in April, one month after he agreed to a contract extension through 2022. He has been Iowa State’s coach for 22 seasons.