Rick Neuheisel Fights Back

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Former University of Colorado head football coach Rick Neuheisel is finally getting his day in court.

Actually, he's getting several days, beginning today in King County Superior Court in Kent, Washington.

Neuheisel filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the University of Washington, claiming the Huskies terminated him because of pressure from the NCAA.

But school officials say he was fired for gambling on college basketball, then lying about it.

Neuheisel says he believes he'll be vindicated after the facts are presented.

UW says it was "sad and painful" to dismiss the coach, but warranted because he wasn't fully honest with investigators when asked about his high-stakes gambling.

Opening arguments are set for January 31st.

Neuheisel is seeking unspecified damages for his June 2003 dismissal.

He compiled a 33-and-16 record during four seasons with the Huskies -- after going 33-and-14 with the Colorado Buffaloes from 1995 to 1998.

The NFL's Baltimore Ravens hired Neuheisel as their new quarterbacks coach last week.