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The natural reaction would be for school officials to swiftly distance themselves from the coach if...

The natural reaction would be for school officials to swiftly distance themselves from the coach if they believe there’s a possibility the charge will stick. But that reaction can be expensive, as administrators have learned since former Ohio State Coach Jim O’Brien won a wrongful termination suit against the school in 2006. O’Brien revealed to then-Athletic Director Andy Geiger in April 2004 that he made a payment on compassionate grounds to a relative of a signed recruit from Yugoslavia. Without any prior discussion, the school terminated the coach that June before the NCAA launched a formal investigation. O’Brien sued the school and won a settlement of $2.4 million. Ohio State appealed the decision to the Ohio Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Trib's Steve Walentik with an enlightening article on the conundrum facing MIzzou.
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