EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY’S ONGOING INTERNAL AUDIT OF FORMER TENNIS COACH YASER ZAATINI IS NEARING COMPLETION. PRESIDENT DR. BRIAN NOLAND ANNOUNCED TODAY DURING A BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AUDITORS WILL TURN OVER THE MATTER TO THE BOARD FOR REVIEW WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS OR SO. ZAATINI RESIGNED ABRUPTLY IN MARCH, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TENNIS SEASON, WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION, BUT PUBLIC RECORDS REVEALED HE AGREED TO PAY E-T-S-U $31,000 OVER THREE YEARS. IN THOSE DOCUMENTS, THE FORMER TENNIS COACH SAID HIS RESIGNATION WAS “NO ADMISSION OF MALFEASANCE.” (NOLAND 17:47:08) “THERE ARE A LOT OF ASPECTS OF THE REVIEW, I’M NOT IN A PSOITION AT THIS TIME TO COMMENT ON AN AUDIT AT THIS POINT IS NOT COMPLETE.” DR. NOLAND SAID HE EXPECTS STAFF TO PRESENT THE FINISHED AUDIT TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT ITS JUNE NINTH MEETING. ZAATINI’S ATTORNEY PREVIOUSLY TOLD US ANY “CONTRACTUAL DISAGREEMENT” WITH THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN RESOLVED.

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