Lawsuit filed by ex-UofL player against Charlie Strong gets tossed


An off-field hassle for Texas head coach Charlie Strong stemming from his days at Louisville may be coming to an end.  Maybe.

Way back in January of 2011, a pair of UofL Cardinal football players, twins Jacob and Isaac Geffrad, were charged with the first-degree assault the previous October of teammate and defensive lineman Patrick Grant. In a lawsuit filed nearly two years later, Grant, among other things, accused the then-Cardinals head coach of wrongly cancelling his scholarship in January of 2012 because of the incident.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, a judge has thrown out the lawsuit that not only named Strong as a defendant but the university as well. As the Courier-Journal explained, “Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz Gibson dismissed the suit… saying the university and Strong were protected by sovereign immunity, which shields the state from liability except in some circumstances.”

Strong had testified in a deposition that the combination of Grant graduating in December of 2011 and him not playing football anymore — Grant, for his part, claimed his playing career was essentially ended by the locker-room attack — ended the university’s obligation to the former player. Grant further claimed that the scholarship was taken away a month after his graduation so that it could be given to another player.

Why Patrick couldn’t have stayed on scholarship via a medical waiver, and not counted against the 85-man limit, is unclear.

That question, and others, could’ve been answered earlier this year as the case had been scheduled to go to trial in January, but was continued until May

May 13, Judge Gibson dismissed the lawsuit. Grant’s attorney has stated that he will be appealing the decision to toss the suit.