* 1994-95 school year -- Geiger presided over the July 1994 press conference where it was announced that the OSU men's basketball program would face one year of probation for infractions committed in the recruitment of Cincinnati prep star Damon Flint. Randy Ayers' gutted program then endured a school-worst 6-22 season … Plans were announced for a $70 million on-campus basketball arena … In football, John Cooper enjoyed his first win over Michigan in seven tries as the OSU coach. He was rewarded with a five-year contract extension … Hockey coach Jerry Welsh resigned late in a ninth straight losing season, leaving assistant John Markell in charge.
* 1995-96 -- The football tied the school record for wins (11), including a momentous win over Notre Dame. But losses to Michigan and Tennessee (Citrus Bowl) left OSU at 11-2. Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy and Bobby Hoying brought home the Vincent dePaul Draddy Award … The men's gymnastics team won the NCAA title … Ground was broken on the Schottenstein Center and Bill Davis Stadium.
* 1996-97 -- The football team won a share of the Big Ten title and went on to defeat Arizona State in a thrilling Rose Bowl to finish 11-1 and No. 2 nationally. Orlando Pace won the Lombardi, Outland and Big Ten MVP awards … On the same day (March 10), Geiger, in an unprecedented move, fired both basketball coaches, Ayers and Nancy Darsch. A month later, he announced the hirings of Boston College's Jim O'Brien and San Diego State's Beth Burns … OSU President Gordon Gee left for Brown … The baseball team moves into Bill Davis Stadium.
* 1997-98 -- St. John Arena's run as the home of OSU basketball came to an end after 42 seasons … Geiger was reunited with Maryland President Brit Kirwan, tapped to replace Gee … Plans were announced for a $150 million renovation project at Ohio Stadium … The hockey team reached the Frozen Four in its first-ever NCAA appearance.
* 1998-99 -- The football team went 11-1 with only a stunning home loss to 28-point underdog Michigan State denying OSU a shot at a national title. Joe Germaine was the Big Ten MVP and Antoine Winfield won the Thorpe Award … Coming off an 8-22 season, O'Brien's second men's basketball team shocked the world. Led by BC transfer Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd, the Buckeyes went 27-9 and advanced to the Final Four. The rise to prominence coincided with the opening of the $110 million Schottenstein Center to rave reviews … The baseball team advanced to the Super Regional before falling to Cal State Fullerton … Work begins in earnest on the Ohio Stadium project, but the Buckeyes never miss a home date in the three years construction was under way.
* 1999-2000 -- The football team stumbled to 6-6, missing postseason play for the first time since Cooper's first year in 1988. He shook up his staff at season's end, firing offensive coordinator Mike Jacobs … O'Brien got a contract extension through 2007, then saw Penn, Redd and the rest of his bunch claim a Big Ten title and finish 23-7 … OSU opened the 8,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for soccer and track and field.
* 2000-01 -- Geiger cited a "deteriorating climate" in announcing Cooper's firing following an embarrassing Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina. The school paid Cooper a $1.8 million buyout. The AD took three weeks before hiring Youngstown State's Jim Tressel over Minnesota's Glen Mason, a former OSU assistant and player … The Ohio Stadium project neared its final stages, but the price tag had skyrocketed as high as $200 million … The men's gymnastics team claims another NCAA title.
* 2001-02 -- A new era dawned as the renovated Ohio Stadium is home to Tressel's first team, which finished 7-5 … The men's basketball team won a piece of the Big Ten title and went on to win the conference tournament title as well … Geiger fired Burns at the end of her five-year contract and replaced her with Vanderbilt's Jim Foster … Kirwan left OSU to return to Maryland. OSU hired Georgia provost Karen Holbrook to replace him … Ten months after the Sept. 11 tragedy, President Bush spoke at commencement at Ohio Stadium.
* 2002-03 -- Tressel's Buckeyes, led by QB Craig Krenzel, safety Mike Doss and freshman RB Maurice Clarett, went a perfect 14-0 and, after defeating top-ranked Miami (Fla.) 31-24 in double overtime, claimed the school's first national championship since 1968 … Foster's first OSU women's basketball team reached the NCAA … OSU enjoyed its best Directors' Cup finish ever (third) … The athletic department converted an old industrial building into a new training facility for wrestling and gymnastics on Steelwood Road on west campus.
* 2003-04 -- The football team ended up 11-2 after a Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State … Geiger found himself at the eye of the storm as Clarett was suspended due to taking extra benefits from a high school booster. Plus, the school launched a probe into its academic practices after an expose, featuring Clarett, in The New York Times … The athletic department contributed $20 million toward the new $100 million campus rec center, where the aquatic programs will be housed.
* 2004-05 -- Geiger is forced to fire O'Brien in June after he admits to providing one-time recruit Aleksandar Radojevic more than $6,000 in humanitarian aid for his family in Serbia … After a monthlong search, Geiger hired Xavier's Thad Matta to replace O'Brien. During the course of the search, Geiger was criticized for not interviewing former OSU player and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight. When the search was complete, Geiger, 65, revealed that he probably would not stay through the end of his contract in July 2006 … Geiger announces OSU would self-impose a one-year ban on postseason play for men's basketball in anticipation of NCAA sanctions … An ESPN expose in November has comments from Clarett and others saying they received illegal extra benefits. Geiger portrays those quoted in the article as "colossal failures," among other things. But weeks later, OSU was forced to suspend starting quarterback Troy Smith for taking extra benefits from an OSU booster … The heat is turned up as ESPN lambastes Geiger and Tressel during its coverage of the Alamo Bowl. Geiger tells reporters in San Antonio he does not feel he is being forced out … But a week later, Geiger announces his retirement, effective June 30.