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Women's Basketball

Bill Fennelly dismissed from Nikki Moody lawsuit

The Attorney General’s Office notified Iowa State University on M0nday that women’s basketball Coach Bill Fennelly has been officially dismissed from the lawsuit being brought by former women’s basketball player Nikki Moody. Attorneys representing Moody originally filed a lawsuit on April 15, 2016, against Iowa State University and Fennelly.

“Very happy about what is a very positive development,” Fennelly told Cyclone Fanatic in a text message on Monday. “SO grateful for the AMAZING support I have had!! Love Iowa State in every way.”

Moody, the school’s all-time leader in assists, alleged Fennelly racially discriminated against her and other African-American teammates in the lawsuit.

A Polk County court document provided by Iowa State says Fennelly was dismissed from the suit “without prejudice.”

The Attorney General’s office will continue to work directly with the plaintiff’s attorneys regarding the remaining claims against the University.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.