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O'Brien seeks ruling against Ohio St.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O'Brien asked a court Wednesday to rule that the university violated the terms of his contract when it fired him last year and owes him $3.5 million.
"Awarding Coach O'Brien money may not be the popular thing to do in Columbus, but it comports with the law and the deal deliberately struck by the university," O'Brien's lawyer, Joseph F. Murray, said in documents filed with the Ohio Court of Claims. O'Brien is asking the court to rule in his favor without a trial.
O'Brien was fired in June after he acknowledged giving $6,000 to a recruit in 1999. In December, Ohio State imposed a one-year postseason tournament ban on the basketball program.
O'Brien has argued that the contract he signed after taking the Buckeyes to the Final Four in 1999 allowed the university to fire him without pay for only narrow circumstances. In this case, the contract required that Ohio State could not fire him without pay for alleged NCAA violations unless the NCAA started a major infraction investigation and sanctioned the school, the documents said.
O'Brien was fired before the NCAA opened a major infraction investigation, the documents said. Ohio State athletic spokesman Steve Snapp declined to comment Wednesday. When O'Brien sued in November, the university said it "operated well within its authority" in firing O'Brien. O'Brien's firing came with five years left on his annual $864,000 contract.
I think that is a very true statement, I always liked coach O'Brien and respected him, but what he did has put the program in jeapordy and that is something that should not be forgiven in my opinion, regardless of his own moral beliefs and what the intent was.Awarding Coach O'Brien money may not be the popular thing to do in Columbus