Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2002

Kardinals tweak football schedule

The Kenai Central High School football team has made two changes to its upcoming schedule.

Saturdays scheduled junior varsity game against Glennallen has been canceled. Instead, the junior varsity squad will play at Soldotna Friday at 6 p.m. while the varsity squad travels to Seward for its 6 p.m. game against the Seahawks.

Kenais varsity game against Anchorage Christian Schools, scheduled for Aug. 30, has been moved to Aug. 31 with kickoff at 1 p.m. at Kenai.

Updated schedules for Kenai athletics are available on the schools Web page at

Former UAA hockey coach files lawsuit

ANCHORAGE Dean Talafous, the fired University of Alaska Anchorage hockey coach, has filed a civil suit against the university.

Talafous, who was fired in March 2001 after five consecutive losing seasons, filed the suit in Superior Court to appeal his grievance.

The grievance was denied by UAA Chancellor Lee Gorsuch and UA President Mark Hamilton earlier this summer.

Talafous had two years remaining on a three-year contract when he was fired shortly after the 2000-2001 season. According to court papers, Talafous contended his contract was guaranteed and he was owed two years salary, or about $180,000.

Gorsuch and Hamilton acted after hearing officer Kenneth Jacobus recommended UAA dismiss the grievance. Jacobus found that the original five-year contract Talafous signed in 1996 included the word guaranteed. But Jacobus found that the three-year contract Talafous signed in August 2000 did not include the word guaranteed.

The school contended that under terms of the 2000 contract Talafous was subject to university regulations and regents policy, like most other University of Alaska employees.

In Talafous case, the policy required the school to give him six months notice of nonretention, meaning he would remain on the payroll for six months. Those six months were worth roughly $40,000 in salary.

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