Nine years after she was cut from the University of North Carolina women's team, Melissa Jennings
may finally get her day in court.
Supreme Court paved the way for a jury trial, denying a petition Monday to hear arguments in the sexual harassment case against legendary UNC coach Anson
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
a jury should hear the sexual harassment
lawsuit filed by Jennings against her coach. Jennings accused Dorrance of sexually harassing team members by asking about their sexual activity.
In October 2004, U.S. District Court Judge
N. Carlton Tilley Jr.
had dismissed Jennings' lawsuit. A three-member court of appeals also found again in favor of UNC, Dorrance and company, but a rare
review by the full court overturned Tilley's summary judgment as it related to Jennings' Title IX claim, saying sufficient facts existed for Jennings to have her case heard by a jury.
"The delays are over," Jennings' attorney, Daniel Konicek
of Geneva, Ill., told
AP. "Now she's prepared more than ever to see it through."
Former UNC star Debbie Keller
also sued Dorrance and the university and settled for a reported $70,000 and an agreement that Dorrance would receive sensitivity training.
Dorrance has won
19 national championships in 27 seasons with the Tar Heels.