The 3 years of probation doesn't bother me one bit. It's basically a "slap on the wrist". Keep your nose clean (which all school's should be doing), and you have nothing to worry about.
While I agree pretty much with LF's summation/views concerning the NCAA - what bothers me is this - what does the "offender" (O'Brien) get out of all of this? Did I miss something somewhere? Yes, he was simply trying to help a fellow human being; but the bottomline is... his actions
violated NCAA rules that caused the school to take a pro-active course of action (knowing NCAA rules) by firing him, and then imposing a self ban on post-season play last year.
What punishment, if any, does he get out of all of this? Being fired should have been suffice IMO. Here is the perplexing "dilema" for me... the court stated that O'Brien did wrongfully breach his contract by giving a $6,000 loan to a recruit, but stated that the offense alone did not merit termination
. The Judge stated the University based the firing solely on the offense, and O'Brien's coaching performance was not a factor in the decision.
So he breached his contract.... but obviously, according to the court, it wasn't serious enough to warrant termination?
Meanwhile - the NCAA steps in and imposes the current "punishment" on the shool/program, which is based on O'Brien's actions.
So basically - OSU gets something out of this; but O'Brien nothing? Except possibly a nice settlement from the school.
Oh well - from my standpoint - I'm glad O'Brien is gone. I pretty much had quit following OSU basketball under him. I followed Matta while at Xavier, and when OSU hired him I was overjoyed.
I have a hard time anymore with people in charge whose last name is O'Brien.