Time out in Richardson trial

(May 14, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Trial of former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson's discrimination suit against the university takes a break today. Yesterday, Razorback football coach Houston Nutt testified that the athletic department showed favoritism toward Richardson. That's the opposite of what Richardson's lawyer is trying to prove. As an example, Nutt said Richardson's contract offered flexibility his doesn't - an automatic annual one-year rollover and the freedom to leave without financial penalties. Plus, Nutt said Richardson was guaranteed 500-thousand dollars per year if he's fired, far less than the 116-thousand-615 dollars per year in Nutt's own agreement. Richardson was fired in 2002. He claims the university gave him his walking papers. The university says Richardson was fired after the coach publicly called for a buyout of his contract.