Judge to hear evidentiary motions Thursday

KENT, Wash. -- A King County Superior Court jury was seated
Wednesday to hear former Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel's
lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.

Judge Michael Spearman planned to hear motions Thursday that
will determine what evidence is presented to the jury when
testimony begins next week.

Opening statements were scheduled for Monday.

Neuheisel believes the university wrongfully terminated his
contract, and that the NCAA improperly influenced his employment by
encouraging Washington administrators to fire him.

The university maintains he signed a contract that allowed for
his firing for acts of dishonesty. School officials have said
Neuheisel was fired for gambling on NCAA basketball and failing to
be forthright with NCAA investigators.