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LEFTY TAKES CONVERSE TO COURT
Published December 20, 1995
James Madison basketball coach Lefty Driesell has filed a lawsuit for more than $430,000 against Converse for cancelling his promotional contract, according to the HARRISONBURG NEWS- RECORD. Converse voided a three-year deal Driesell and Apex One had signed last year, after the Converse bought Apex and learned Driesell had a separate shoe arrangement with Reebok. Under terms of the Apex contract, the JMU hoops squad was to be provided with uniforms and "related apparel," while Driesell was promised promotional payments and bonuses "triggered by the [Dukes] appearance in post-season tournaments or on national ranking lists." The lawsuit also alleges other coaches including Villanova's Steve Lappas, GW's Mike Jarvis, and Oliver Purnell of Dayton had duel contract situations similar to Driesell (Richard Prior, HARRISONBURG NEWS-RECORD, 12/19).