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Ex-UB coach Cohane loses again on appeal of suit against NCAA

Former University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Tim Cohane lost yet again in his 11-year fight with UB and the NCAA.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Friday in favor of the NCAA, affirming a U.S. District Court decision of 2013. Cohane's lawsuit accused the NCAA of conspiring with UB and the Mid-American Conference to remove him as head coach. Cohane resigned in late 1999. He maintained he was forced out.

“After over a decade of involvement in this litigation, the NCAA is pleased that the Second Circuit  affirmed the District Court’s decision and provided final resolution to the case,” said Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer. “This affirmation speaks to the fairness of the NCAA’s infractions process – from enforcement staff investigations through decisions made by the Committee on Infractions and the Infractions Appeals Committee.”

In 2004, Cohane sued the NCAA, two NCAA enforcement staff members and the former Chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which concluded that Cohane and the university violated NCAA rules during his tenure as coach. In the lawsuit, Cohane alleged that the Committee's infractions report was based on false information and was defamatory. He also claimed that alleged flaws in the NCAA's investigation undermined the fairness of his infractions hearing.

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