Hoops Nugs: OB's Wallet On Swole Edition

By Chris Lauderback on May 6, 2008 at 12:00a
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The scene in O'Brien's driveway

Former head basketball coach Jim O'Brien was seen outside a National Check Cashers branch in Whitehall late Monday night armed with a check for $2.74 million thanks to Andy Geiger's botched firing of the man with the $6,000 handshake.

Though I'm still red-assed over the whole saga, I'm pleased it's finally over and done with.


Former O'Brien assistant coach and recruiting coordinator David Spiller also made the news taking over as head basketball coach at Berne Union High School. Spiller had been out of hoops altogether, working for John Deere and UPS, but the coaching itch returned.

I'm doubting the line of candidates for the post was overwhelming but it probably didn't hurt that Spiller interviewed armed with references from Michael Redd and Clark Kellogg. Good luck to Spills in his new role.


In one other bit of news, it was recently announced Thad Matta's Buckeyes have agreed to a home and home series with John Calipari's Memphis Tigers. The first game will be in The Pyramid next season with a return game in The Schott the following season.

Besides the Tigers, other known non-conference games next season include Butler and at Miami as part of the Big Ten / ACC Mismatch, er...Challenge.

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