OSU announces self-imposed sanctions for basketball program

Ohio State says it will not let its men’s basketball team to play in the NCAA or NIT tournaments this season.

The university’s president and athletic director say the self-imposed sanction is because of $6,000 that they say former coach Jim O’Brien paid to a recruit in violation of NCAA rules.

Geiger says the penalty is line with what other programs faced for similar violations. Geiger says it was inevitable that the program would be prohibited from post-season play. He says the university decided to impose the penalty now so coaches can move forward with their recruiting and other activities.

Ohio State also says it will give current coach Thad Matta a one-year contract extension to make up for the lost opportunity for post-season play.

Athletic director Andy Geiger says the school and the NCAA will continue to investigate the situation and that further sanctions are likely.

The violations occured well before current coach Thad Matta arrived. He says while he supports the decision he feels for his players who were not even in college when the violations happened.

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