Gophers to appeal $1 million judgment

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota plans to appeal a $1 million civil verdict against the university and men's basketball coach Tubby Smith over the hiring of an assistant coach.

University counsel Mark Rotenberg says the regents and university president Eric Kaler have decided that allowing the verdict to stand could hurt the university. They will appeal to the state Supreme Court.

In 2007, Jimmy Williams quit his job as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State because he believed Smith had offered him an assistant coaching job. The offer apparently was withdrawn after the university discovered Williams had NCAA violations in his past.

Williams sued. Last year, a Hennepin County jury found Smith misrepresented his authority by offering Williams the job. The state appeals court upheld the verdict.