Evans has filed suit against the university and athletic director Ed Lehotak. He alleges a breech of contract, defamation and his reputation has been put in a false light.
Last season the Bruins were highly ranked in NAIA but had to forfeit most of their games due to a transcript problem with a player who had transferred in from Texas.
The lawsuit alleges a university administrator was responsible for monitoring those records, but Evans lost his job over it. “Until I clear my name and the truth comes out," said Evans, "its probably impossible to get a job.” He claims he’s been turned down for 60 college coaching jobs.
His attorney Brian Jorde said, "There’s a huge cloud over Mr. Evans right now. He’s one of the most well known coaches in the metro area and this is hanging over his head until we can get it resolved.”
The suit was filed in Sarpy County last Friday. The law firm representing Bellevue University had not received a copy yet. Public Affairs Director Jim Maxwell said that makes it difficult to provide comment without review of the lawsuit.
Evans said the lawsuit is also intended to set the record straight with his former players. “I was not responsible for one thing that happened which cost them their season.”
Evans seeks potential lost earnings from the coaching job that paid him $75,000 a year.