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O'Brien: Player was ineligible when loaned cash

Updated: December 12, 2005, 10:43 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fired Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien testified Monday that he lent $6,000 to a recruit because he knew the player had competed professionally and would never join the Buckeyes.

O'Brien spoke during the opening day of the trial in his wrongful firing lawsuit against Ohio State, which says he knew he was violating NCAA rules by keeping the loan secret for more than five years.

O'Brien, who had been the Buckeyes' coach for seven years, was fired ...

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