With increasing regularity, college basketball coaches are losing their jobs over players who bring little—if anything—to their programs.
1. JIM O'BRIEN
Ohio State fired its coach (above) last week after he admitted giving $6,000 to 7'3" signee Aleksandar Radojevic in 1999. Radojevic was declared ineligible by the NCAA before playing a game for the Buckeyes for taking money from a club team in Yugoslavia.
2. JAN VAN BREDA KOLFF
The St. Bonaventure coach lost his job in 2003, and the Bonnies forfeited six wins for playing juco transfer Jamil Terrell, who had earned only a certificate in welding in junior college. Terrell, a center, averaged 6.9 points in 25 games.
3. JIM HARRICK
The Georgia coach was forced to resign in 2003 after point guard Tony Cole accused the program of condoning academic fraud and giving improper benefits to players. In 16 games with Georgia, Cole averaged 5.6 points.
4. DAVE BLISS
The Baylor coach resigned after allegations of NCAA violations arose following the disappearance of player Patrick Dennehy. The man charged with killing Dennehy is ex-Bears forward Carlton Dotson, who averaged 4.6 points in 2002-03. Dotson pleaded not guilty.
5. BILL BAYNO
UNLV fired Bayno early in the 2000-01 season after the school was placed on probation for a variety of offenses, the most serious of which was a payment from a booster to frontcourt recruit Lamar Odom, who never suited up for the Runnin' Rebs.