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Federal appeals panel upholds dismissal of discrimination suit filed by ex-LSU tennis coach


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former longtime LSU women's tennis coach Tony Minnis against the university after his 2012 firing.

The Advocate reports ( ) a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the decision Monday.

Minnis, who is black, joined LSU in 1992 and was fired in 2012 after compiling an overall record of 285-234 and a Southeastern Conference mark of 86-144. He led the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 15 times.

LSU finished 11-13 in 2012, the third consecutive losing season for the women's tennis team.

Minnis alleged in his suit that he was subjected to "unwelcome race-based harassment and discrimination" throughout his employment at LSU.

LSU denied Minnis' allegations.

Information from: The Advocate,

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