Former Cougar Legend's Lawsuit Phi Slama Jama Dismissed

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Now the identity of Michael Young's unknown man will never be known.
Michael Young's lawsuit against his former employer, the University of Houston, has been dismissed. The lawsuit, which read like a minor thriller considered and rejected by Elmore Leonard, has been tossed into the trash can of bad ideas where it belongs, alongside all those bad-idea lawsuits that are so often considered but never filed with a court.

That's good news for the Cougar basketball program, which can now put the Michael Young-legend/employee era behind it and move on toward the future. It's not really such great news for Young, the former Phi Slama Jama legend who sullied his reputation in his quest to take down head coach James Dickey and AD Mack Rhoades.

There are still lots of unanswered questions left by this whole fiasco. Like who was the unknown man who mysteriously approached a jogging Young one morning and told him about threats that had been made toward Young's son Joseph, then UH basketball's leading scorer. What were the nature of these threats? And did UH really try to cover up the nature of these threats?

But the biggest question left to be answered is probably the simplest question to ask: Why? Why did Michael Young choose this route? Why sue the school and bring down this level of scrutiny onto a program that has been on the brink of irrelevancy since the late 1980?

The basis of the lawsuit was Lewis being reassigned to a different role with the basketball program after signing his contract. Lewis claimed this new position amounted to nothing more than his being paid to sit around and do nothing. Especially since the school supposedly said he could keep the job for as long as his son remained on the team. Then came the morning jog and the unknown man telling him of the threats made against his son.

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