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.