O'Brien's suit against Ohio State due to start Monday

Updated: December 12, 2005, 1:37 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien will try to prove in a trial starting Monday that the university was wrong to fire him for giving a recruit a $6,700 loan.

O'Brien is suing Ohio State because he says it owes him at least $3.5 million in guaranteed salary and benefits for his 2004 dismissal. If he wins, damages could amount to millions of dollars more.

O'Brien was fired June 8, 2004. Then-Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said O'Brien was fired after the coach acknowledged he had loaned $6,700 to to seven-foot-three Yugoslavian center Aleksandar Radojevic in 1999.

Radojevic never enrolled at Ohio State.

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