The Advocate reports Minnis, who is black, joined LSU in 1992 and compiled an overall record of 285-135 and a Southeastern Conference mark of 86-144 while leading the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 15 times. LSU finished 11-13 this year, the third straight losing season for the team.
Minnis’ suit alleges he was subjected to “unwelcome race-based harassment and discrimination” throughout his employment at LSU.
The suit contends white coaches were paid up to $30,000 more than Minnis, and that he received “unjust evaluations and false letters of reprimand.”
Minnis repeatedly reported, protested and complained about the alleged illegal discrimination and harassment, to no avail, the suit adds.
He also opposed “inequitable treatment” of women’s athletics at LSU, the suit says.
“Mr. Minnis steadfastly fought for equality in women’s athletics only to discover he also was being subjected to inequity,” his attorney, Jill Craft, said Tuesday. “He, by standing up for his rights, is continuing to stand for vindication of the rights of all.”
Herb Vincent, LSU’s senior associate athletic director, said the university denies the allegations in the lawsuit.
Minnis, who is not working, said Tuesday he has been asked during several job interviews, “What really happened at LSU? This doesn’t make sense.”
Minnis, 47, was replaced by Julia Sell. She came to LSU from the United States Tennis Association, where she served as the national coach of the regional training center in south Florida since August 2011. Prior to that stint, she was an assistant coach at Notre Dame for three years.
Sell, a white female, is being paid “substantially more a year” than Minnis, his suit says.