O'Brien Out

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 - 05:42 PM
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How ironic that the one coach criticized for not going after the high-profile recruit gets fired for alleged recruiting violations.

Ohio State fired head basketball coach Jim O'Brien Tuesday. Buckeyes athletic director Andy Geiger says the action is the result of $6,000 allegedly given five years ago to former recruit Alex Radejovic by O'Brien.

"We consider these matters to be very severe," Geiger said. "I am troubled that a rule was admittedly violated and it took five years to find [out] about."

O'Brien's attorney, James Zeszutek, said O'Brien sent the financial assistance to Radojevic's mother, who was still dealing with the aftermath of the Serbian war. Radejovic, from Serbia and Montenegro, was later ruled ineligible for being paid to play in Europe.

Geiger said O'Brien admitted in April to giving money to Radojevic and that he knew it was a violation of NCAA rules.

Geiger says a national search will begin immediately. Assistant coach Rick Boyages takes over on an interim basis.

O'Brien reportedly will challenge the firing.

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