Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

O’Brien sues Ohio State

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Jim O’Brien, the former head men’s basketball
coach at Ohio State University, has sued the school saying he is owed at least
$3.4 million.

O’Brien was fired in June after he admitted paying a recruit $6,000. The
university termed that a violation of his contract, while he contends the

According to O’Brien’s lawyer, Joseph F. Murray, had the violation resulted in
the NCAA launching an infraction investigation and sanctioned the school it
would have violated the contract. However the incident did not result in
either, and O’Brien and his lawyer say the school owes him the money.

O’Brien had five years left on his contract that would have paid him $864,000
per year.

During his seven-year tenure with Ohio State, O’Brien compiled a 133-88
record, including leading his club to a share of the Big 10 regular season
title in 1999-2000 and 2001-02. Last season the Buckeyes were just 14-16
overall and 6-10 in conference play.