TCU AD Jeremiah Donati Responds to Bill Montigel’s Lawsuit


Last week, the age discrimination lawsuit filed by former TCU golf coach Bill Montigel caught many Fort Worth residents by surprise.

Montigel made numerous allegations in the lawsuit, including that his contract was not renewed because he was 68 years old. Other allegations in the lawsuit include allegations that TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati retaliated against Montigel and encouraged an “‘Animal House’ atmosphere.” The lawsuit alleged that Donati’s department “does not care about discrimination or sexual harassment.”

On Tuesday, during Big 12 media days at Allegiant Stadium, Donati told the Star-Telegram that he could not comment on the matter while it was under active litigation.

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Another notable allegation in the lawsuit was an incident that occurred during the program’s trip to Denver for the 2023 NCAA tournament:

“During the March 2023 NCAA basketball tournament in Denver, a Frog Club fundraiser was accused of raping a coworker who woke up in her hotel bed with no idea how she got there. She reported the incident to Colorado police. Both Donati and (TCU associate athletic director for special projects) Michael Levy were present at the tournament in Denver when the inappropriate sexual harassment occurred.”

It is unclear how long it will take TCU and Montigel to resolve the lawsuit. A trial date has not been announced.