Richardson to take stand

(May 21, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson may take the stand today during trial of his discrimination suit against the university. That's according to Richardson's lawyer, John Walker of Little Rock. Yesterday, the federal judge hearing the case without a jury heard testimony from Pine Bluff lawyer Gene McKissic, a graduate of the university. McKissic said he has had several discussions with athletic director Frank Broyles about a lack of minorities in the athletic department administration. McKissic is a founder of the school's Black Alumni Society. He said Arkansas had hired former white athletes as assistant coaches - but no former Razorbacks who are black. He also noted that the complexion of the Razorback sports teams had changed dramatically since he started school there in 1969. He said that, by the mid-1980s, the football team was 65 percent black and the basketball team was over 90 percent black - but the administration in the athletic department is,"lily-white."