Former Houston receiver Patrick Edwards has settled his lawsuit over breaking his leg when he ran into a metal cart during a 2008 game at Marshall.
His attorney, S. Scott West, on Monday told KRIV-TV in Houston that details of the settlement are confidential. At Marshall, president's chief of staff Matt Turner said the university's share has yet to be determined because the settlement is not yet final.
Edwards in 2010 sued Marshall, Conference USA and a referee in a negligence lawsuit filed in West Virginia.
Edwards suffered a compound fracture and had to have a rod inserted in his lower right leg. He alleged the playing field was unsafe when he ran into a metal service cart parked just beyond the end zone.
Marshall defeated the Cougars 37-23 on Oct. 29, 2008, a Tuesday night game aired on ESPN. It was the best game of the season for the Thundering Herd, but the Edwards incident marred the effort.
In the third quarter, Edwards went toward the end zone on a long pass route against MU cornerback DeQuan Bembry, but Case Keenum overthrew him. Their momentum carried them past the end zone, where Bembry hurdled the cart but Edwards collided. Replays drew pained groaning in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium press box.
The south end zone at Edwards Stadium is close to the hillside sloping down from the bleachers, so close that a dotted line 12 feet from the field on all sides cannot be drawn. No outside objects or unauthorized personnel are allowed inside that restraining line - and therefore between the south end zone and hillside.
Game officials have broad authority to stop the game to enforce that and other safety rules. Referee Gil Gelbke led the Conference USA-assigned crew.
The cart that was left behind the end zone belonged to Marshall's Marching Thunder band. Then-athletic director Bob Marcum said carts had been parked near the field in similar fashion for two years without incident, but made sure the carts were relocated well off an adjacent sideline.