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Ex-Lady Vols media director sues university, Hart

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings is suing the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart over allegations that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement from the school.

Hart and other athletic officials wanted to remodel the athletic department as a "good ol' boys" club while replacing her with a younger man, Jennings charges in the lawsuit filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Jennings was 57 when she left her job in May as the university consolidated the men's and women's athletic departments.

Tennessee officials didn't respond immediately to messages left by The Associated Press. Hart had issued a statement in May saying Jennings was "insubordinate, disrespectful and fostered an atmosphere of negativity and division."


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