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Judge: Ohio State improperly fired ex-coach O'Brien

Updated: February 15, 2006, 7:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State, awaiting a decision on possible penalties for NCAA rules violations under former basketball coach Jim O'Brien, could have to pay him millions of dollars for firing him under a judge's ruling Wednesday.

O'Brien claimed the university improperly fired him in June 2004 for loaning $6,000 of his own money to a recruit.

Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark ruled O'Brien broke his contract by giving the loan and failing to inform university officials, ...

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