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OSU Athletic Director Andy Geiger to retire June 30th
After more than a decade of leading the Ohio State University athletics department, Andy Geiger Wednesday announced his retirement. The decision comes as the OSU football and men’s basketball programs face questions from NCAA investigators. But Geiger insists he is not being forced out.
Geiger’s departure comes as the football, and men’s basketball program cope with off the field and court problems. But Geiger maintained he is not stepping down under fire, saying it was his decision. He said he was weary and the job was no longer fun.
Geiger made it clear what has drained his enthusiasm for the job is the off-field events of the past year: the Maurice Clarett suspension and subsequent allegations of OSU football players receiving improper benefits; the firing of men’s basketball coach Jim O’Brien for giving a recruit money, and most recently the suspension of quarterback troy smith for accepting gifts from a booster.
Even though he will leave one year before the end of his contract. Geiger said he is not hiding or running from the problems.
Geiger began as OSU a-d in 1994. In that time he oversaw a major expansion of the university’s sports facilities: the construction of the Schottenstein center, the bill Davis baseball stadium and the Jesse Owens track as well as the 200 million dollar renovation of Ohio stadium.
While he was here, the 1999 men’s basketball team went to the final four, and the 2002 football team went undefeated and won the BCS national championship.
He leaves a post that oversees 36 teams and 1000 student athletes. He said he is proud of all the programs.
The toughest part of the job, he said was the intense attention cast upon OSU athletics.
OSU president Holbrook praised Geiger’s term as being filled with remarkable accomplishments.
She announced in his last six months Geiger will help develop ways to strengthen OSU athletics rules compliance program and institute a new booster education program.
The university has formed a search committee to look for Geiger’s replacement. It’s headed by Fisher College of business dean Joe Alluto. Geiger said he’ll stay in Columbus for a year after he leaves office. He’ll wait for his son to graduate high school. He’s offered to help the university raise money. After that he said he and his wife will move to western Washington state, far western Washington state.