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Judge: OSU erred in firing hoops coach O'Brien

Business First of Columbus - 2:09 PM EST Wednesday

 

Former Ohio State University men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien won round one in his fight over being fired by the university nearly two years ago.  Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph Clark ruled Wednesday that O'Brien didn't commit a breach of trust sufficient enough to justify his dismissal in June 2004.  The court will hold a hearing to determine the damages O'Brien is entitled to collect from OSU.  No date has been set for that hearing.  O'Brien filed a $9.5 million lawsuit against Ohio State in November 2004, claiming his dismissal was illegal under terms of his coaching contract.

 

Former OSU Athletics Director Andy Geiger dismissed O'Brien, claiming he violated his contract by giving a $6,000 loan in 1998 to the family of Buckeyes basketball recruit Aleksander Radojevic.  Geiger acted after being informed of the loan in spring 2004.  Clark ruled O'Brien breached his OSU contract by making the loan, but that wasn't enough on its own to warrant his firing.  The judge said Geiger failed or refused to work with O'Brien on resolving the issue and he didn't give the coach an chance to discuss the issue with his attorney before he was fired.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/02/13/daily18.html 

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Judge: Ohio State improperly fired ex-coach O'Brien

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State, awaiting a decision on possible penalties for NCAA rules violations under former basketball coach Jim O'Brien, could have to pay him millions of dollars for firing him under a judge's ruling Wednesday.  O'Brien claimed the university improperly fired him in June 2004 for loaning $6,000 of his own money to a recruit.  Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark ruled O'Brien broke his contract by giving the loan and failing to inform university officials, but the error was not serious enough to warrant firing.  The university violated the contract by firing him without compensation, the ruling said.

 

The 55-year-old O'Brien sued for $3.5 million in lost wages and benefits. The award, which could reach nearly $9.5 million with interest and other damages, will be determined after another hearing.  The NCAA is expected to decide within the next few weeks whether to penalize the school for violations committed during O'Brien's tenure, including gifts of cash, housing and other benefits to players.

 

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O’Brien awarded $2.25 million

By Kevin Mayhood

The Columbus Dispatch

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

 

Former Ohio State men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien will receive up to $2.25 million in damages from Ohio State University, according to a judge's ruling this morning. Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark said O'Brien is entitled to damages as part of his breach-of-contract suit against OSU.

 

http://dispatch.com/bball/bball.php?story=202776

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Good for O'Brien.  I felt the school had not treated him properly when he was fired.  Thankfully, the Andy Geiger era is over, and hopefully so is this type of press... for at least a while.

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Oh please.  He cheated and he should be fired! 

 

In fact, he's not debating over whether or not he should have been fired.  This trial only addresses that his contract states that he cannot be fired *without pay* for cheating.  The only thing Andy Geiger did wrong is give him that rediculous contract in the first place.

 

I love that he's saying things like, "I'm doing this to clear my name".  You didn't clear your name!  You still cheated!  Now you are just going to get paid for the remainder of that extremely lucrative contract you signed.

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Have you any idea how much of this stuff goes on in college sports?  The only reason they did this to O'Brien is because the team wasn't doing well and they wanted a cheap way to eliminate him. 

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So did Geiger turn him in to the NCAA?  That seems strange that they would set the program back at least 4 years just to get rid of a coach with 2 years left on his contract.

 

Aren't they banned from the big dance this year because of this mess?  How do you think that looks to high school recruits.

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OSU put a self-imposed penalty on itself for what had happened.  They opted out of the tourney for 1 year.  I don't believe the NCAA is imposing any additional sanctions.  I think that was viewed as worth it to OSU in exchange for getting rid of O'Brien for free.

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College Basketball: Week 4 ESPN/USA Today Poll

 

1. Ohio State (11) 6-0 740

2. UCLA (13) 4-0 734

3. Pittsburgh (5) 6-0 708

4. Florida (2) 6-1 690

5. Kansas 5-1 572

6. North Carolina 4-1 571

7. Alabama 5-0 566

8. Texas A&M 5-0 532

9. Marquette 6-0 450

10. Duke 5-1 424

11. Washington 5-0 393

12. LSU 2-1 379

13. Wisconsin 5-1 373

14. Syracuse 6-0 325

15. Connecticut 5-0 308

16. Arizona 3-1 298

17. Memphis 3-1 263

18. Butler 7-0 232

19. Maryland 7-0 209

20. Nevada 5-0 205

21. Gonzaga 6-1 201

22. Wichita State 4-0 187

23. Georgetown 3-1 179

24. Georgia Tech 5-1 175

25. Texas 4-1 69

 

College Football: BCS Standings

1. Ohio State

2. USC

3. Michigan

4. Florida

5. LSU

6. Louisville

7. Wisconsin

8. Boise State

9. Arkansas

10. Notre Dame

11. Auburn

12. Oklahoma

13. Rutgers

14. Virginia Tech

15. West Virginia

16. Tennessee

17. Wake Forest

18. California

19. Texas

20. Nebraska

21. Brigham Young

22. Georgia Tech

23. Texas A&M

24. Oregon State

25. Hawaii


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YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wright State defeated Butler, to become the first ohio team to be in the NCAA tournament this year! Best of luck to them....make Dayton proud!!!!  :-D

 

Oh how the folks at UD must be stewing. . .hopefully UD will play nice now and bring back the Gem City Jam

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Oh how the folks at UD must be stewing

Nope, I can't say that they are.  Good luck to the Raiders.

 

hopefully UD will play nice now and bring back the Gem City Jam

But what does UD stand to gain from bringing back the Gem City Jam?

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GO RAIDERS! (?)


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BUFFALO, N.Y. – No first-round exit this time for Pittsburgh.

The Panthers, ousted in the first round seven times in 18 previous appearances in the NCAA tournament, used their long-range marksmanship instead of their considerable brawn, hitting 10 of 21 3-pointers, and beat Wright State 79-58 on Thursday night.

 

Ronald Ramon hit four 3s and finished with 14 points, and Sam Young had 13 to lead the Panthers, who led the entire game. Pittsburgh (28-7), the third seed in the West Regional, will meet 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (28-6) in the second round on Saturday. VCU upset Duke 79-77 just moments before the Panthers and Raiders took the floor at HSBC Arena.

Pittsburgh built 13-point leads three times in the first half against Wright State (23-10), hitting seven of 12 3-pointers and forging a 43-30 at the break. And when the Panthers began the second half with an 11-3 spurt, the Raiders couldn't recover.

 

more below

 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/college_basketball/20070315-2115-bkc-ncaa-wrightstate-pittsburgh.html


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... and Wright State is out...

 

 

muhahahahahahahaha

 

 

It'd be saying something if Pittsburgh, the best athletic school in Pennsylvania, lost to one of Ohio's "least desireable" public schools.  Now you will be battling THE Virginia Commonwealth till death!

 

Go Rams!

 

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I love Ohio State, but I think Florida is going to win.  They just seem unbeatable in the post-season.  I hope I'm wrong though!

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If Oden can just stay out of foul trouble, I think that OSU can win.

 

The refs have really called some ticky-tack fouls on him.

 

 

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Honestly, I think it will be Florida-Georgetown.  One of the semi final games will go to OT.  But to be honest, this is one of the best final fours in a long time.

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Well Georgetown has been my pick from the beginning, and they still look good.  I don't think that Oden will be able to control the game as much against a team that is as big/powerful as Georgetown.  The Hoyas present a lot of problems for the Buckeyes...it will be an interesting game to watch.

 

My championship matchup:

 

Florida v. Georgetown

 

Florida is playing very spirited basketball right now...they look very tough for UCLA to handle.

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Matta second in coach of the year voting

March 30, 2007 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

PHOTO: Thad Matta celebrates after cutting down the net following Ohio State's win against Memphis in the NCAA South Regional final in San Antonio Saturday.

Associated Press

 

ATLANTA - Tony Bennett, who led Washington State to its best season in 60 years, was selected The Associated Press' college basketball coach of the year Friday. The 37-year-old Bennett, who succeeded his father, Dick, this season at Washington State, is the second coach to win the award after his first season as a head coach, joining Bill Hodges of Indiana State in 1979.

 

Read more at http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/SPT/70330003/1077/COL02

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^Well I was wrong...and I admit it.  The Buckeyes surprised me and I hope that they bring the championship home to Columbus.  I have never been considered a Buckeyes fan before, but I will certainly cheer them on over the likes of Florida.

 

Go Bucks!

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I still want to say GO BUCKS, even if we lost to Florida.  We played a hell of a seasons, I'm proud of the basketball team, I think Thad is an excellent coach (though I can see why Xavier fans would hate him), and I think we have nothing but a bright future ahead.  You gotta break some eggs to make an omelette, well, let's just make it only one this time ;).


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Hopefully this makes Conley and Oden hungry enough to come back for 1 more year.  That would be a nice silver lining.  I'm getting really tired of Florida!!!  :x

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