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Federal Judge Dismisses $40M Lawsuit Against Ole Miss Football Coach Lane Kiffin

Feb 2, 2024

A federal judge dismissed a $40 million lawsuit from Ole Miss football player DeSanto Rollins that listed head football coach Lane Kiffin and the school as defendants.

In his Wednesday decision, U.S. District Court Judge Michael P. Mills laid out the reasons for the dismissal via summary judgment, including that he found Rollins unable to clear sovereign immunity exceptions or prove that his alleged mistreatment by Kiffin was “motivated by gender or racially-based” discrimination.

“Although Kiffin’s conduct in the meetings was certainly offensive and imprudent, it is more akin to immature insults and indignities than to behavior going ‘beyond all possible bounds of decency,’ ” Mills wrote.

Carroll Rhodes, Rollins’s attorney, told Front Office Sports that the decision will be appealed. “This is not the end of the story,” Rhodes said. Ole Miss and the attorneys representing Kiffin and the school did not immediately return messages.

Source: Front Office Sports

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