Ole Miss coach settles defamation suit

CINCINNATI — University of Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy has settled a defamation lawsuit with a cab driver and a valet.

Details of the settlement are confidential.

The cab driver apologized to Kennedy Tuesday and said he’s ready to move on with his life.

Kennedy had filed a civil suit after he was arrested in Cincinnati in 2008 over an altercation with the cabbie. A valet had witnessed the incident.

He denied punching and taunting the driver, but later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

During the criminal case, Kennedy had apologized to the cab driver and valet. The coach didn’t drop his civil suit against them and they countersued.

Kennedy has been coach at Ole Miss since March 2006.

The Associated Press

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