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Legal Remedies

Below is the fact pattern for the remedies law essay I need to have written. It is for law school. Most of all I need the relevant issues identified and stated clearly. The school states that I should spend between 1 – 2 hours in writing this essay, but that is considering that it is a midterm and I am expected to be a bit slow. Other than that the only direction that the school gives for answering this essay is:
“Please answer the following question in essay form. This is an open book exam. There is no time limit.”

The Question:

X University, having lost the league championships to Y University for past three years,
discharged its head basketball coach and entered into negotiations with Smith, a
basketball coach of national reputation. In the course of these negotiations, authorized
representatives of the University assured Smith that a minimum sum of $10,000 would be
available for basketball scholarships during his first year as coach. On January 7, Smith
and the University entered into a written contract under which Smith promised to serve as
coach for one year beginning September 1, and the University promised to pay Smith a
salary of $14,500. No reference was made in the contract to the question of basketball
On April 2, Smith learned that less than $1,000 would be available for basketball
scholarships during the coming school year. He brought an action to cancel the contract
on the grounds of fraud. The trial court refused to cancel the contract, and the decision
was affirmed on appeal.
Following that decision the head coach at Y University died. Smith informed X University
that he would not fulfill his obligations under the contract, and he sought employment as
coach at Y University. Before Smith signed a contract with Y University, X University filed
an action seeking (1) specific performance of Smith’s contract with X University and (2) an
injunction preventing Smith from serving as basketball coach at any other college or
What relief, if any, should be granted to X University? Discuss.

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