Former FSU coach suing school over job

Eric Tucker

January 11, 2010 9:25:42 PM PST
A zero tolerance for profanity costs one basketball coach his job.Eric Tucker coached Fayetteville State's women's basketball team to 299 wins in 17 years.

Tucker says he admits he's used less than desirable language to motivate his Lady Broncos team.

"Yes I curse, I swear," he said. "I'm not proud of that, but you know in this job coaches are very emotional. I've been watching games on TV all year and seeing some of that."

In April, the cursing cost him his job when FSU's new Chancellor Dr. James Anderson said he would have zero tolerance for coaches using profanity at players, staff members or fans.

Tucker says the demand for him to resign or be fired came as a complete surprise.

"Nobody even says anything," Tucker said. "Chancellor didn't say anything. Nobody said anything. Everything was fine. We won the Western Division; we went to NCAA and all a sudden the bottom falls out."

Now Tucker says he is suing the university.

"You know, I want my reputation not to be ? I am the abuser, the verbal abuser of young ladies in this area," he said. "I work too hard for 18 years to do that."

He says he is also seeking pay from the last year of his contract.

Tucker hopes to coach at the collegiate level again and get his 300th win.

But regardless of the outcome in the lawsuit, it's something he'll probably have to do at another university and he adds without the use of profanity.

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