Kristi E. Swartz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 14, 2010
Four students who have accused Savannah State University of pulling their football scholarships because they are white are now suing the school’s president and interim athletic director for admittance.
The 19-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, accuses Savannah State, a historically black university, of acting “unlawfully, specifically with regard to the decision to deny them admission and athletic scholarships on account of their race, white.”
The allegations come two months after Savannah State’s former football coach, Robert Wells, filed suit against the school, saying he was forced to resign because his fiancee is black.
Wells, who is white, resigned Jan. 28, one month after he had accepted a one-year contract extension. In his complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta in May, Wells also claims the school is trying to hurt his reputation as a football coach by saying he violated recruiting rules.
According to the lawsuit filed by the four students, they were scheduled to visit the university on Jan. 30 and 31 “to sign their letters of intent to enroll at and play football for SSU.”
The students’ scholarships were pulled after Wells’ departure, the lawsuit states.