O'Brien's suit against Ohio State due to start Monday

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State men's basketball coach
Jim O'Brien will try to prove in a trial starting Monday that
the university was wrong to fire him for giving a recruit a
$6,700 loan.

O'Brien is suing Ohio State because he says it owes him at least
$3.5 million in guaranteed salary and
benefits for his 2004 dismissal.
If he wins, damages could amount to millions of dollars more.

O'Brien was fired June 8, 2004. Then-Ohio State athletic
director Andy Geiger said O'Brien was fired after the coach
acknowledged he had loaned $6,700 to to seven-foot-three
Yugoslavian center Aleksandar Radojevic in 1999.

Radojevic never enrolled at Ohio State.