June 17, 2004

The OSU - Savovic Caper

If you're interested in the gory details of the scandal that got Jim O'Brien fired as head basketball coach at Ohio State, this Plain Dealer article spells it out. It does seem as though assistant coach Paul Biancardi was responsible for Savovic's paid living arrangements, which were clumsily arranged via a prominent Buckeye booster. O'Brien's name has not been directly connected with any of the goings on relative to Boban Savovic. O'Brien has admitted to being aware of, if not solely responsible for a $6000 payment to the family of Alexander Radojevic, which is enough by itself to justify his termination. I do hope someone gives OB a shot to coach again in D1. If it turns out that all he's guilty of is helping out an impoverished family in the middle of a civil war, NCAA regulations or no NCAA regulations, it would be a shame to end his coaching career for that reason alone.

Posted by dan at June 17, 2004 1:12 PM