- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A judge has dismissed former University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas and soccer coach Janet Rayfield as defendants in a former player’s lawsuit claiming she was improperly allowed to play after a concussion.

Judge Jeffrey Ford on Wednesday removed Thomas and Rayfield as defendants but allowed Casey Conine’s lawsuit to continue. The remaining defendants are trainers Paul Schmidt and Brittany Scott.

According to The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1T2dLbu ), Ford said the suit did not provide a basis for claims against Thomas or Rayfield.

Conine claims she suffered a concussion in a 2014 game and was improperly cleared to play two weeks later.

She was medically disqualified from playing in December 2014.

Thomas was fired this November after allegations of player mistreatment in other sports, though administrators say he did nothing wrong.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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