Sparks Case to be Heard by Indiana Court Of Appeals
The civil case of former Vincennes University coach Dan Sparks versus the university will now be heard by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
The Court will hear oral arguments on the case on March 28th at Valparaiso University.
Last year, a Knox Superior Court One jury awarded Sparks 230-thousand dollars following his breach of contract lawsuit against Vincennes University.
Following the verdict, the University filed an appeal with the three-judge State appellate court.
University officials argue the trial court should have granted it a summary judgment, and that insufficient evidence existed to support the verdict.
The case itself dates back to Sparks' contract non-renewal in 2004.
Sparks contends he was under a "zero tolerance" policy that he claims he had followed since it was put in place in 2003.
Sparks claims since he followed the policy, the University did not have cause not to renew his contract.
The University placed Sparks under the zero tolerance policy, and relieved him of his tenure and Athletic Director duties, following his role in falsifying a recruit's university application.