Former Savannah State Coach Settles Lawsuit

Dec 2, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Former Savannah State University football coach Robby Wells recently settled a lawsuit with the university.

Savannah State University recently settled a lawsuit filed by its former football coach Robby Wells, who alleged he was released by the historically black college because he is white.

Wells received $240,000 in a settlement with the university to dismiss his federal discrimination lawsuit, and a copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press showed that his legal team was paid $110,000 by the school, as well.

The 12-page settlement document that was signed on November 10 stated that Savannah State University still denies any wrongdoing in the case of Wells being released.

Wells became the school's first white football coach when he was hired in 2007, but resigned suddenly in January 2010 following a one-year contract extension. At the time, he attributed his departure to personal reasons.

Four months after resigning, Wells filed a lawsuit that alleged he was forced to resign at the risk of being fired after administrators supposedly brought up his race as a problem, saying alumni wouldn't support him because he is white.

Wells earned about $90,000 a year and led Savannah State to a 7-15 record while he was the coach. The former coach was also recently considering a run for president of the United States.