Woman who claims she helped player gets nothing

Updated: May 10, 2005, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that led to the firing of former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien and the ongoing NCAA investigation of the men's basketball program.

Kathleen Salyers claimed in the lawsuit that her former employers violated an oral agreement to pay her for caring for a former Ohio State basketball player for four years.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Alan C. Travis threw out the lawsuit Monday, saying state law requires any contract that extends beyond one year to be in writing.

Former Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger fired O'Brien last June 8 after the coach admitted giving $6,000 to Aleksandar Radojevic, a recruit who never played for the Buckeyes. The payment, an NCAA violation, came to light in Salyers' lawsuit.

Salyers said in the suit that former Ohio State boosters Dan and Kim Roslovic agreed to pay her $1,000 a month plus expenses for letting former Buckeyes guard Boban Savovic live with her.

The now-divorced Roslovics, who employed Salyers as a housekeeper and baby sitter, had denied there was ever an agreement for her to take in and care for Savovic. He came to the United States from war torn Yugoslavia and played on Ohio State's 1998-99 Final Four team.

O'Brien is seeking $3.5 million from Ohio State in a breach-of-contract lawsuit. He says the university improperly fired him before the completion of the NCAA investigation.


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