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Ex-official's trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD

The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports.

The trial in a lawsuit brought by Jane Meyer is expected to litigate whether Athletic Director Gary Barta's personnel decisions were necessary judgment calls or tainted by discrimination.

Several Hawkeye coaches, including football's Kirk Ferentz, are expected to testify at the trial, scheduled for up to three weeks in Des Moines. Lawyers told a judge Thursday a last-minute settlement wasn't likely.

Jurors will determine whether Meyer...

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