Court upholds ruling vs. Geno Ford

KENT, Ohio -- An Ohio appeals court has upheld a $1.2 million judgment against former Kent State men's basketball coach Geno Ford over his 2011 departure to become coach at Bradley.

The ruling issued earlier this week sided with Kent State after it sued its former coach over breach of contract. The school's lawsuit claimed Ford didn't have permission to end his Kent State contract that was scheduled to expire this year.

Ford's teams won two consecutive Mid-American Conference regular-season titles during his three years at Kent State.

He's had losing records in two of his first three seasons at Bradley.

Ford's attorney declined to comment.