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COURT AWARDS $2.1 MILLION TO EX-USC OFFICIAL

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A jury on Monday awarded $2.1 million to a former University of Southern California assistant athletic director who claimed the school breached his contract and discriminated against him.

Marvin Cobb claimed his salary was reduced and his responsibilities were cut after he complained that black student-athletes were not getting the education the school promised them.A Superior Court jury awarded Cobb $1.1 million in economic damages and $1 million for emotional injury. It deadlocked 8-4 on his discrimination claim, and Judge William Drake declared a mistrial on that allegation, said attorney Carl Douglas, who represented USC.

The university planned to appeal the verdict and award, Douglas said.