Judge sides with O’Brien against Ohio State

A judge ruled that Ohio State improperly fired head basketball coach Jim O’Brien, despite ruling that O’Brien violated his contract when he gave $6,000 of his own money to a foreign player.

Clark wrote in the ruling that the possible NCAA sanctions and damage to Ohio State’s reputation from the loan would have been relatively minor, while O’Brien’s loss of salary and benefits was substantial.

This ruling shows how ridiculous the whole system has become. Despite the judge’s opinion on how the NCAA would have ruled, Ohio State simply did not have the luxury of taking any chances.

Let’s hope the NCAA doesn’t go any further next week when a final ruling on penalties is expected so the Buckeyes can play in the NCAA tournament this year and welcome their awesome recruiting class in the fall.

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