ASU's Spears suit vs. Grambling gets trial date

Associated Press - December 9, 2010 7:24 AM ET

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Grambling State University head football coach Melvin Spears Jr.'s wrongful termination lawsuit against the school will go to trial May 2.

Spears' attorney, Wade Shows, told The Advocate Wednesday that state District Judge Wilson Fields set the date for the jury trial during a status conference with lawyers involved in the case.

Spears, who is Alabama State University's offensive coordinator, was fired from Grambling in December 2006. He sued the school in 2007.

Spears contends Grambling owes him for the final three years of a 5-year contract he signed in February 2005. His suit says the contract called for him to receive $156,000 annually. Spears was named Grambling's interim head coach in 2004 after former coach Doug Williams took a front-office job with Tampa Bay.

Information from: The Advocate,

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