A former Clark Atlanta football coach filed a lawsuit against the university claiming he was fired in part because the school wanted a black coach.

Ted Bahhur, who is white, was fired by the school in 2009 after compiling a 20-29 record in five seasons.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Ted Bahhur was fired in 2009 during his fifth season as head coach of the Panther football team because President Carlton Brown wanted a black coach, according to a civil suit filed this month in Fulton County Superior Court.

The lawsuit follows a racial-discrimination complaint filed in 2009 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC investigation found there was reasonable cause to conclude that Bahhur was discriminated against because of his race, which is a violation of the federal Civil Rights Act, according to a determination letter the commission issued last year.

University administrators denied Bahhur’s allegations and maintained that he was fired due to his performance.

The university declined to comment on the case.


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