Former USM coaches win $1.2 million lawsuit

A Forrest County jury has awarded three former University of Southern Mississippi soccer coaches $1.2 million in their lawsuit against the university.

John Vincent, John Mollaghan and Jed O'Conner claimed they were fired or removed from their positions in 2000 as retaliation for reporting alleged sexual advances toward O'Conner by Women's Administrator Sonya Varnell.

The lawsuit was filed against Varnell, Athletic Director Richard Giannini, and former University President Horace Fleming.

The coaches alleged sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and lack of due process.