The lawyer for former New Mexico State basketball coach Neil McCarthy denied Friday that McCarthy was demanding $3 million to settle his lawsuit against the school.

A statement released by university president William B. Conroy earlier Friday said a brief filed by McCarthy's lawyers Jan. 26 included an affidavit from a Las Cruces businessman saying McCarthy demanded that amount to settle the case.Not true, said Joleen Youngers, the lawyer representing McCarthy.

"The affidavit of the local businessman does not confirm that McCarthy demanded approximately $3 million," Youngers said. "Instead, there is a letter attached from regent (Larry) Sheffield which alleges that McCarthy has asked for an amount in excess of $3 million."

Youngers said the $3 million amount was mentioned in a letter in December from Sheffield to Stan Hanssen, a Las Cruces businessman and supporter of the ousted coach.