Ohio State pays O'Brien $2.74 million for improper firing

Updated: May 1, 2008, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State paid former men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien $2.74 million for improperly firing him for violating NCAA rules.

O'Brien's attorney, Joseph Murray, on Thursday confirmed the payment of $2.74 million. That amount represents the award, plus interest, he won in a lawsuit against the university in August 2006.

The Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the university's appeal in February.

O'Brien was Ohio State's coach from 1998 to 2004. He was fired by then-athletic Andy Geiger for giving a Serbian recruit $6,000.


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