Adviser Landers gets new USF job, withdraws discrimination claim
TAMPA -- After six hours of mediation Thursday, USF has reached a settlement with academic adviser Myrtice Landers, who has withdrawn a claim of racial discrimination and has been given a new job outside athletics that will allow her to become fully vested toward retirement next summer.
"I'm elated that things are over, and to have a position back at the university," Landers said.
Landers, who two weeks ago alleged that her termination after committing a secondary NCAA violation constituted racial discrimination, had been placed on administrative leave by USF. Before the mediation, she and attorney Wil Florin provided USF with a document showing what she believes are other NCAA violations, detailed with names and dates of violations.
The Times made a public records request for that document Thursday, but spokesman Michael Hoad said it is "not a public document" because it "has to be reviewed" as the university investigates the claims. Once any resulting investigation is completed, the document will be made public, Hoad said.
Landers' new job will be directly under W. Robert Sullins, USF's dean of undergraduate studies, developing manuals for other academic advisers, and will carry the same salary and benefits as her position as an academic adviser in the Academic Enrichment Center in USF's athletic department. Had Landers' employment with USF ended as once scheduled, she would have been eligible for only one half of her full pension she is eligible for once she has accrued 30 years' employment, as she will in June.
Landers, 52, alleged that other white employees and even her superiors in USF's athletic department had committed other NCAA violations but were not reprimanded the way she was. USF now has specific information as to those allegations, and can investigate those claims and, if finding them to be valid, self-report any violations to the NCAA. Landers committed a secondary violation, having mistakenly given $326 in textbooks to a non-scholarship athlete, resulting in the women's basketball player having to repay the $326 to charity; she has also been suspended from the first two games of the upcoming season.