Closing arguments in Richardson case set for Wednesday

(June 14, 2004) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Lawyers are to make closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson's federal discrimination suit against the university. Richardson claims his firing in 2002 was based on biased treatment by university officials. The university claims it let Richardson go after he publicly called for a buyout of his contract. When Richardson sued, he asked for his old job back. In court filings last week, the ex-coach amended that request - saying he didn't want to return to the school. Instead, Richardson asked the judge to award nearly nine million dollars in damages.