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NCAA reduces O'Brien's penalty to two years

Updated: May 9, 2007, 9:43 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NCAA on Wednesday reduced the penalty period against former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien from five years to two, limiting his ability to seek athletic employment at another NCAA school during that time.

The reduction follows the NCAA's decision last month to throw out violations that included accusations O'Brien improperly gave $6,000 to a recruit. The group dismissed three violations and part of a fourth because the NCAA's enforcement staff missed by two ...

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