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O'Brien fired for alleged NCAA violations

Updated: June 10, 2004, 10:44 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State hired Jim O'Brien to clean up a disreputable program.

On Tuesday, the university fired O'Brien because he admitted he gave a recruit $6,000 five years ago -- not long after he ran off several problem players left over from the previous coach.

"I am troubled that a rule was admittedly violated and it took us five years to find out about it," said athletic director Andy Geiger, who frequently championed the honesty of his basketball coach as the Buckeyes ...

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