COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The NCAA reversed itself Friday and threw out three violations and part of a fourth that occurred under former Ohio State men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien because the association's enforcement staff missed a deadline for filing the charges.
O'Brien was fired June 8, 2004, six weeks after he revealed to then-athletic director Andy Geiger that he had lent $6,000 to recruit Aleksandar Radojevic in 1999.
A subsequent investigation by Ohio State determined seven NCAA violations had occurred in the program while O'Brien was coach.
But the NCAA appeals committee said Friday its enforcement staff missed the deadline for notifying Ohio State of the charges regarding Radojevic by two days in 2005.
The committee upheld the other violations involving O'Brien, including improper benefits awarded to Boban Savovic, a member of the Buckeyes' Final Four team in 1999.