Ohio State athletics hires new compliance director

Updated: June 13, 2006, 8:29 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State has hired Douglas Archie, Utah's assistant athletic director for compliance, to do the same job for a Buckeyes program that has run afoul of NCAA rules in recent years.

Archie, who spent seven years with the NCAA in enforcement, implemented a compliance education and monitoring program for the Utes, according to a news release Monday from Ohio State.

Archie has a master's degree in physical education from Ohio University and a law degree from Toledo. He was assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of North Dakota before joining the NCAA.

In March, the NCAA placed the Ohio State men's basketball team on three years of probation and ordered the school to erase all references to its 1999 trip to the Final Four for rules violations under former coach Jim O'Brien. Ohio State also was ordered to repay four years of NCAA tournament revenue totaling almost $800,000, and the school received a public reprimand and a reduction in on-campus visits by basketball recruits next year.

The NCAA said Boban Savovic, a swingman on the 1999 Final Four team, received improper benefits, money, lodging and academic help from a team booster. The NCAA also found one violation each in Ohio State women's basketball and football programs.

Athletic director Gene Smith announced a reorganization of the athletic staff in February, reassigning compliance officer Heather Lyke-Catalano to a new position as a full-time sports administrator.

Lyke-Catalano's role in the NCAA violations had been questioned because the compliance office did not follow up on information that Savovic was living off campus with a booster.

O'Brien was fired after he told then-athletic director Andy Geiger that he gave a recruit $6,000 in 1999.

In February, O'Brien won his lawsuit accusing the university of wrongfully firing him. Ohio State may have to pay him as much as $9.5 million.


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