Last month, as my colleague Doug Smock on the sports desk reported, Marshall University reached a settlement with former compliance director David Ridpath. Ridpath, you may recall, sued the university, former football coach Bob Pruett and other officials, maintaining they turned him into the scapegoat for major NCAA violations within the athletic department.
Roger Forman, Ridpath’s lawyer, told the Gazette that Marshall had agreed to write a letter to the NCAA clearing Ridpath of responsibility for the violations that landed the school on probation. Oh, and there was an undisclosed cash settlement.
U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers signed an order on Feb. 2, giving the parties 30 days to iron out the details and submit an agreed order of dismissal for his approval. Barring that, Chambers is free to dismiss the Ridpath case without prejudice, meaning the parties would have to refile to get the case reinstated on Chambers’ docket.
That was 32 days ago.