Penn State fencing coach files lawsuit over firing

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2014 4:14 AM
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(State College) -- Penn State's fired fencing coach has sued the university and two administrators, saying he was wrongly accused of retaliating against an administrative assistant who mistakenly reported that one of his players possessed marijuana. 

Emmanuil Kaidanov says he didn't retaliate against the assistant coach, but merely told her she should have reported the incident to him first, and let him report it to university administrators. 

The school fired Kaidanov in August, saying his actions violated a school policy that bans "any adverse action'' against a university staffer who reports possible misconduct.

Kaidanov's lawsuit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, seeks reinstatement to the job he held for 30 years, plus unspecified monetary damages. 

He has led the men's and women's fencing teams to 12 NCAA team championships.

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