O'Brien to appeal for more reward

Published September 24, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A week after Ohio State filed an appeal in a bid to overturn a $2.4-million award to Jim O'Brien, the former men's basketball coach says he's planning his own appeal in which he is seeking an additional $1.3-million.

The Ohio Court of Claims ruled last month that Ohio State improperly fired O'Brien in 2004 after learning that he had given $6,000 to a recruit. Judge Joseph Clark said O'Brien broke NCAA bylaws but that the university did not follow the terms of O'Brien's contract in terminating him.

In a statement released by his attorney, O'Brien said he is appealing only because Ohio State did first. He claims he is entitled to the additional money based on what the university promised him in an employment contract.

DUQUESNE: A few minutes before the football team's kickoff against Sacred Heart, players, parents and students observed a moment of reflection for the five basketball players shot on campus last week while walking back from a dance. All Duquesne athletes, including the football players on Saturday, now wear white wristbands with the No. 5 printed in black.

Men's soccer

USF 1, VILLANOVA 0: Rodrigo Hidalgo's second winning goal of the season led USF (5-2-2, 3-0-2 Big East) past the host Wildcats (4-6-1, 0-5) in Pennsylvania. Both squads struggled to generate quality scoring chances because morning rain dampened the field. Hidalgo scored in the 33rd minute after a sequence of touch passes. Sammy Castellanos and Kris Raad worked a give-and-go inside the box before sending the ball to Hidalgo, who blasted a shot past goalkeeper Jason Friel into the lower part of the net.

Bulls goalkeeper Dane Brenner had four saves in his fourth shutout this season.


Tampa 3, Barry 1: Four Spartans reached double digits in kills as UT improved to 16-0, winning 30-19, 27-30, 31-29, 30-23 in Miami Shores. Katelen Dixon had 14 kills, Tarah Marinelli 13, Stephanie Rivera 11 and Alisha Green had 10. Marinelli also had 16 digs in recording a double double for UT, ranked No.1 in the Division II American Volleyball Coaches' Association poll.

LYNN 3, Eckerd 0: The Tritons (9-6, 0-3) fell 33-31, 30-22, 30-25 in a Sunshine State Conference match in Boca Raton.

Women's soccer

SAINt Leo 2, Fla. southern 1: Freshman Hannah Beard's team-leading seventh goal with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation won it for host Saint Leo (7-1-1). The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute when midfielder Jennifer O'Connor converted a penalty kick. Florida Southern (2-7) got the tying goal from Amy Clampitt-Holsenbeck in the 87th minute.

NORTHWOOD 5, Eckerd 1: NAIA Northwood (5-0) won in West Palm Beach as the Tritons fell to 1-7-1. Eckerd's goal came in the 71st minute as senior Amy Lambert punched in a cross from sophomore Sarah Bird.

Women's golf

Florida: The Gators shaved five strokes off their first-round score and shot 12-over 300 in the second round of the Daytona Beach Women's Fall Preview. Florida's 605 total was tied for 11th entering today's final round on the par-72, 6,315-yard LPGA International's Legends Course.

"We had it going in the middle of the round today, and we just couldn't carry it over until the end," Florida coach Jill Briles-Hinton said. "We learn every day on the golf course, and we've just got to keep working at it. We're getting where we need to be, but the season is still early, and we're taking things one step at a time."

Sophomore Mallory Blackwelder led UF at 1-under 71, and she was in an four-way tie for seventh with a two-round 146. Blackwelder began the day with two birdies on the front nine, but she gained back a stroke after her lone bogey on No. 12.

Junior Sandra Gal shot 74 and was one stroke behind Blackwelder.

Georgia (584) and Auburn (588) were atop the leaderboard, ahead of Duke (594).