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ISU COACH FIGHTS SUSPENSION

A state judge will decide today or Thursday whether Idaho State basketball coach Herb Williams will be on the sideline for the Bengals' opening game in the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Williams, Big Sky commissioner Ron Stephenson and 6th District Judge Peter McDermott are expected to participate in a conference call to determine the fate of the Idaho State coach.Stephenson on Monday suspended Williams for one game for his role in a melee during the Idaho State-Weber State game Saturday night.

Williams responded Tuesday by filing a lawsuit asking for a restraining order, which McDermott granted. That order allows Williams to coach in the first-round game on Thursday night in Missoula, Mont.

Idaho State faces Weber State in the opener.