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A former University of Louisville football player has filed a lawsuit against the school and head coach Charlie Strong, claiming he was coerced into lying about the cause of his injuries after being beaten by two teammates.
The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court on Dec. 21 on behalf of Patrick Grant, alleges that Grant was attacked by two teammates on Oct. 24, 2010 in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and beaten "so badly that he required immediate, urgent care and nearly lost his left eye," according to the suit.
And, the suit claims, on the way to the hospital, the team's trainer told Grant to "lie and cover up the fact that his injuries were at the hands of his teammates.
"Out of fear and desire to play, Patrick lied as instructed, telling the doctor that he was horsing around in the locker room and hit his eye on a locker door."
After sustaining an injury during a practice after the incident, the lawsuit claims a doctor told Grant he should no longer play football but was promised by Strong that his scholarship would remain.
But Grant claims in the lawsuit that Strong canceled his scholarship in a Jan. 4 phone call and "hung up" on him when he protested.
The suit alleges UofL violated NCAA by-laws by canceling the scholarship without a hearing. The suit is requesting a judge order the school to reinstate the scholarship and is also seeking compensatory damages and a jury trial.
Claims made in filing a lawsuit present only one side of the case.
U of L football spokesman Rocco Gasparro said he could not comment on pending litigation.
In July, a grand jury declined to indict former players Jacob and Isaac Geffrad on first-degree assault charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Grant suffered several injuries from the fight, including a fractured left eye socket that would later require two surgeries to save his sight and repair the bone structure.
The Geffrads, from Oakland Park, Fla., were dismissed from the team in November 2010, and no longer are enrolled at UofL.
Jason Riley writes for The Courier-Journal in Louisville.
New York - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith tried to be careful with his words on Wednesday night.
The man at the controls of the vaunted Mountaineers' offense didn't want to provide any bulletin-board material for the Syracuse University team he'll face on Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (3:15 p.m., ESPN).
Smith was asked during a media session if he's thinking about payback against an Orange team that has defeated his WVU team the past two years - including last season's 49-23 thumping in the Carrier Dome.
"I don’t think about payback," said Smith, a Heisman Trophy candidate earlier this season after he led the Mountaineers (7-5) to a 5-0 start. "I think that’s a strong word. It’s just a game. But there’s definitely a respect factor there. Those guys have beaten us twice."
Smith, who is fourth in passing among FBS quarterbacks with 333.7 yards per game and sixth in total offense at 346.6 yards per game, didn't take the bait when another reporter suggested the Mountaineers could possibly score 100 on SU's defense - in light of their 70-33 wrecking of Clemson in last January's Orange Bowl. Smith's MVP performance included 407 yards passing and six touchdowns.
"No. We’re not going to score 100," Smith said. "Syracuse has a great defense. They really get after you. We’re going to expect a hard-fought game. We know we have to just move the chains."
Scott Shafer's SU defense hasn't been kind to Smith the last two years.
The Orange gave up 338 yards and a pair of TD throws to Smith last season, but they also sacked him four times. In a 19-14 win at Morgantown in 2010, SU held Smith, then a sophomore, to 178 yards and one TD and sacked him five times.