DURHAM — Duke University has settled a lawsuit with Mike Pressler, the man at the helm of the men's lacrosse program when a stripper brought false rape accusations against three team members.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
But Duke officials issued a statement praising Pressler for the program he built before being forced out in April 2006 amid a storm of criticism about the behavior of the team.
"Coach Michael Pressler is an excellent coach," Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday. "He did a great job building the Duke men's lacrosse program, while maintaining a 100 percent graduation rate in his sixteen years."
Pressler, who built a national powerhouse lacrosse team at Duke, was forced out in April 2006 shortly after escort service dancer Crystal Gail Mangum accused players of gang-raping her, allegations that turned out to be phony.
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