COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State likely will be waiting three to
five weeks to find out whether its athletic program will face more
sanctions over alleged NCAA violations after a hearing Saturday to
determine whether self-imposed punishments were adequate.
Ohio State banned the men's basketball team from postseason play
last year and fired coach Jim O'Brien. The school conceded to
violations including extra benefits for players, such as a booster
giving housing, meals and cash to former basketball player Boban
"Over the next number of weeks, the committee will make
decisions on which of the allegations are infractions and decide on
penalties," NCAA spokesman Kent Barrett said after the two-day
hearing in Chicago.
Athletic director Gene Smith "had been instructed by the NCAA
not to comment on any aspect of the hearing or the case," Ohio
State spokesman Steve Snapp said.
The university has conceded to nine violations, seven in the
men's basketball program and one each for the women's basketball
and football teams. Ohio State argues that it shouldn't be held
liable for some violations because O'Brien made it impossible for
athletic administrators to know about them.
The university also said it would have 11 men's basketball
scholarships this season instead of the maximum 13.
O'Brien was fired after retired athletic director Andy Geiger
said the coach acknowledged giving a recruit $6,700.
O'Brien, who attended the NCAA hearing, is suing the university
for $9.5 million saying he was wrongfully fired. O'Brien says the
loan of his own money to Aleksandar Radojevic, a 7-foot-3 prospect
from Serbia, was not a violation because he knew Radojevic already
had forfeited his amateur status by playing professionally.