State agrees to help UK in its fight with former coach

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky says it needs
lawyers who can practice in Texas in its fight with former men's
basketball coach Billy Gillispie, and a state legislative panel has
agreed to spend up to $100,000 to help with the bill.
The Government Contract Review Committee approved the expense
Tuesday without debate. The contract still needs the approval of
the Finance and Administration Department.
The university's contract with the law firm of Fisher & Phillips
says the school needs lawyers licensed to practice law in Texas.
The contract is not to exceed $100,000 from June 23 to June 30,
Gillispie sued the university in federal court in Texas,
alleging that the school's athletics department owes him $6 million
for firing him two years into a seven-year agreement. The
university says he never signed a formal contract and the school
doesn't owe the money.

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