Fired gay VCU coach has new job in mind: His old one

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December 20, 2012

James Finley says he has options. He won't reveal names out of fairness to each administration's decision-making process, but four universities, including two from major conferences, have expressed interest in him being their women's volleyball coach. He's flattered, aware he probably won't be out of work long after his contract as Virginia Commonwealth University's coach expires Dec. 31. But he'd rather keep his old job. He says this despite being fired Nov. 19, a dismissal that he alleges was because he is gay, according a complaint filed with the university's office for institutional equity. University spokeswoman Pamela Lepley confirmed Wednesday that an investigation is underway and results will be distributed only to Finley and VCU President Michael Rao. Finley said if he's not reinstated, litigation is possible. In 2012, Finley, 52, had the best season of his eight-year run in Richmond, leading the Rams to a 25-6 record, best in the program's history. Overall, Finley is 151-116.