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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Will Bob Knight Make His Way Back to the Big 10?

The big story in college basketball is that Ohio State fired head coach Jim O'Brien yesterday, primarily because of payments made to a Serbian player five years ago. Ohio State AD Andy Geiger, who has been AD at many schools, including Penn, Maryland and Stanford, acted with dispatch in his investigation.

Speculation is that among the candidates to succeed O'Brien (who led the Buckeyes to the Final Four with Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd about 4 years ago) are Xavier's Thad Matta (who led his team to the Elite 8 last season) and NC State's Herb Sendek. Of course, Bob Knight is an Ohio State alumnus, and it will be interesting to see if his name surfaces as well.

Bob Knight back in the Big 10? Now that would be something. Imagine the buzz the first time the Buckeyes would visit Bloomington, Indiana.