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Former TSU coach Johnnie Cole's lawsuit reduced to 1 defendant

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Former Texas Southern football coach Johnnie Cole's defamation lawsuit against three TSU officials has been reduced to one defendant.

Cole filed suit in Harris County District Court in September against TSU president Dr. John Rudley, chairman of the board Glenn Lewis and athletics director Dr. Charles McClelland.

The portion of the lawsuit involving Rudley and McClelland was dismissed.

Cole's lawsuit against Lewis is ongoing.

University spokeswoman Eva Pickens released the following statement about the lawsuit on Tuesday:

"Today we learned that the court has dismissed the president and athletic director from the case. The University, of course, does not comment on pending litigation."

Cole was fired by TSU in 2011 in the midst of an NCAA investigation that eventually found him guilty of violating NCAA rules which put the Tigers football program on probation.

Cole alleged Rudley, Lewis and McClelland released information that kept him from landing a position in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

When reached by FOX 26 Sports McClelland declined comment.

Cole was hired by Texas Southern in 2007 and led the Tigers to their first outright conference championship in 2010.

He is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

Cole declined comment on his lawsuit.

However, he told FOX 26 Sports he is appealing the NCAA findings against him and his hearing is Feb. 16.

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