O'Brien sees Ohio State's appeal, raises $1.3 million
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A week after Ohio State filed an appeal in a bid to overturn a $2.4 million award to Jim O'Brien, the former men's basketball coach says he's planning his own appeal in which he is seeking an additional $1.3 million.
The Ohio Court of Claims ruled last month that Ohio State improperly fired O'Brien in 2004 after learning that he had given $6,000 to a recruit. Judge Joseph Clark said O'Brien broke NCAA bylaws but that the university did not follow the terms of O'Brien's contract in terminating him.
In a statement released by his attorney on Friday, O'Brien said he is appealing only because Ohio State did first. He claims he is entitled to the additional money based on what Ohio State promised him in an employment contract.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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