San Diego State head coach Beth Burns instructs her team during the first half of the Mountain West Conference tournament championship NCAA college basketball game against Fresno State, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Isaac Brekken
September 29, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) A jury has awarded $3.35 million to Beth Burns, the former women's basketball coach for San Diego State who claimed she was fired for being a whistle-blower.

Burns prevailed Wednesday in a suit that claimed she was wrongfully terminated.

Burns was fired in 2013 after the team had a 27-win season - a school record.

The university said Burns was fired after an investigation concluded she had a history of mistreating underlings, including elbowing an assistant coach.

Burns denied the allegations and said she was fired in retaliation for demanding equal treatment of the women's and men's basketball programs as required under federal Title IX law.

Burns alleged she was a victim of whistle-blower retaliation, although her defense never argued that the university actually violated Title IX.

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