Ex-coach Mike Lonergan settles with George Washington over his termination

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Mike Lonergan was fired last September following allegations of verbal abuse. USATSI

Almost a year to the day after George Washington fired him, Mike Lonergan and his former school have come to an out-of-court settlement regarding his termination. 

Lonergan was fired on Sept. 16, 2016 after George Washington players leveled multiple claims of verbal abuse. Lonergan, through his attorney, continually denied those allegations. He also filed a suit for wrongful termination. The matter has now been financially resolved to the appeasement of both parties. 

Lonergan's lawyer, Andy Phillips, released this statement. (Via ESPN.com): 

"Shortly after Mr. Lonergan was terminated, he informed the University that he was considering legal action for breach of his employment contract with GW and for defamation because his termination was improper and without just cause and media reports about his termination contained factual errors and misinformation. GW denies Mr. Lonergan's allegations, denies that the University or any of its employees acted wrongly or have any liability, and has no comment on the veracity of the media reports whose accuracy Lonergan disputes. Mr. Lonergan and the University have reached a settlement that will avoid litigation and put this dispute behind them. The terms of the parties' agreement are confidential."

Lonergan's termination was ignited by a report from the Washington Post in the summer of 2016 that detailed current and former George Washington players who alleged inappropriate behavior by Lonergan both to his players and about GW athletic director Patrick Nero. That investigation lasted six weeks and prompted the school to make its move. 

Lonergan went 97-70 in five seasons with the Colonials, including an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and a 2016 NIT title run. 

George Washington promoted one of Lonergan's assistants, Maurice Joseph, to interim head coach last September. He has since been named head coach, and all of the assistants on Lonergan's staff have remained with the program. 

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