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Remember the Jim O'Brien case? USC should

Updated: May 18, 2009, 4:27 PM ET
By Andy Katz

If USC were to make a quick decision on Tim Floyd's job status based on recent allegations that he paid O.J. Mayo's handler $1,000 in cash, the Trojans would be well-advised not to fall into the same trap as Ohio State did with former coach Jim O'Brien.

The O'Brien case offers a precedent for not only USC and Floyd, but for "termination for cause" contractual issues between a coach and a university over NCAA allegations/violations for years to come.

O'Brien was fired ...

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