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Old 01-05-2005, 01:58 PM   #1
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Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger is retiring after two years of turmoil that included allegations of improper benefits by football star Maurice Clarett.

Geiger and school president Karen Holbrook planned to attend a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday.

From the time Clarett led the Buckeyes to the national championship in 2002, the school's athletic department has been beset by NCAA investigations of its football and men's basketball programs.

After leading Ohio State to the national title as a freshman, Clarett was suspended for lying to investigators during an NCAA probe of allegations that he received improper benefits from a family friend.

Geiger, 65, has been athletic director since 1994.

He fired basketball coach Jim O'Brien and football coach John Cooper and dealt with the recent embarrassments, but also oversaw an unprecedented building spree on campus that included the expansion of 83-year-old Ohio Stadium and the construction of Value City Arena and Bill Davis Stadium.
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