UK Men's Basketball

Court rules against coach

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court has thrown out a defamation and breach of contract suit brought by a college basketball coach fired just months after he was hired.

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette had a valid reason to fire Glynn Cyprien, now an assistant at Kentucky, and did not defame him when it accused him of résumé fraud, the high court ruled Wednesday.

The justices ruled unanimously that the facts are so clear that no trial is needed — and Cyprien has no case.

"I am totally focused and committed to the Kentucky basketball program," Cyprien said Wednesday. "We are working hard to achieve our goals. My attorneys will continue their efforts to resolve this case. To that end, I have no further comment."

Louisiana-Lafayette fired Cyprien on July 16, 2004, after The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported that his degrees were from an online school — and he had not graduated from Texas-San Antonio, as a résumé claimed.

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