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Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This morning's latest story on the Jim Tressel brouhaha from the Columbus Dispatch answers a few pressing questions, such as: who was the infamous lawyer whose name was redacted in the publicly-released e-mails that Tressel elected not to forward to Buckeye compliance officials? Christopher T. Cicero , a former Buckeye walk-on who had formerly represented the tattoo parlor owner (Edward Rife) whose memorabilia purchases from (and tattoo discounts for) current Ohio State players kickstarted the entire mess.

The story also quotes an attorney with an NCAA- familiar law firm who answers the "could Tressel get tagged with a much longer suspension?" question with a hearty affirmative ("In those periods when he had an opportunity and a duty to disclose, he failed to do so," he said. "I think the NCAA could also come back and add failure to monitor or failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.") But the most chilling answer for Tressel supporters and Buckeye fans is what the Dispatch found in regards to past violators of NCAA bylaw 10.1, which prohibits coaches from withholding knowledge potential violations from the appropriate authorities (emphasis added):
Since 2006, the NCAA has sanctioned 27 schools for violating bylaw 10.1 ... Of the 12 coaches involved, only one kept his job . The others either resigned or were fired by their schools.

Former men's basketball coach Jim O'Brien , one of his assistant coaches and former football running back Maurice Clarett each faced unethical-conduct charges by the NCAA. It cost all of them their careers at Ohio State.

Of course, most of those coaches didn't have their university presidents joking at press conferences that the coach had the power to fire him, as Gordon Gee did Tuesday. But all joking aside, that so few coaches have crossed the 10.1 line and lived to tell about it (even at OSU) illustrates why Tressel's future in Columbus is no laughing matter.


Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Tressel for President !!!!!2012



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Tressel is fake, fake, fake

TexaBuck, you have no clue of what you speak. People did NOT have to go far to get that Tressel thinks he is "holier than though" (thou) Any person who agrees with him needs to open their eyes.

It's NOT "something you have read into" (his manner? actions?)

It's something they were READING IN HIS BOOKS! The one by him and the one about him. Books about honor and value. Books about leading in more than the sport.

You, sir, should check out a book, perhaps "The Winners Manual: For the Game of life" by Jim Tressel. Or " More than a Coach..." by David Lee Morgan.

Then you will understand how a man who talk sof moral excellence and being a man of character get called out on his lack of these qualities in this case.

Check yourself after you check the books.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:20 am
 

"Too Big to Fail" list for NCAA ?

Being a cynic at heart, it's hard for me not to believe that the SecExchComm and U.S. Treaury (not to mention Congress) have this category  but the NCAA does not . . .
This is America, and no amount of ethics is as important as the next few million$.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:53 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

It is clear that tOSU has no intention of firing Tressel, but I do think the NCAA will add to the suspension and then also add punishment to the school.  A loss of scholarships and bowl games would seem appropriate, but this is the NCAA we are talking about, so who knows.  IF the NCAA decides to take no further action against Tressel or the Buckeyes, then so be it.  The problem for the those involved in this is that Tressel has skated by the NCAA before, when he was at YSU.  So, this is his second major issue, and tOSU did have the Jim O'Brien issue, so I think tOSU is in some trouble.  I suspect Tressel's suspension will be lenghtened and a loss of scholarships and a bowl ban are in order.  Who knows how long a decision will take.  Also keep in mind that the NCAA took a lot of grief for letter the tat-5 play, and now the NCAA will feel that they allowed this under false pretenses as the school should have known about this before the season started.  tOSU may have to vacate all of their victories from last season for using ineligible players.  The funny thing is that they should be allowed to keep the bowl victory because that was the first and only game that the NCAA cleared the players to play in.  Strange days indeed.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:52 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Isn't CBS' web site great?



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:50 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes


Just because a person acts in error or uses poor judgment doesn't necessarily mean you flush him down the toilet. If that was the case, then we (me, you, everyone) would all be swimming around in sewer systems. 

Check yourself.








IF I had a signed contract with my employer stating in clear language that I had to INFORM them of any problem, I would do it. If I CHOSE not to inform them, I would expect to be reprimanded, maybe even dismissed.    Guys, this is NOT an error of judgement, or an honest mistake, READ THE EMAILS, it was an effort by Tressel to cover up what had taken place.    Even if I did buy that he was concerned for his players, why was he STILL denying that he knew in DECEMBER?



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:49 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Just because a person acts in error or uses poor judgment doesn't necessarily mean you flush him down the toilet. If that was the case, then we (me, you, everyone) would all be swimming around in sewer systems. <br /><br />Check yourself.</blockquote>

<br /><br />IF I had a signed contract with my employer stating in clear language that I had to INFORM them of any problem, I would do it. If I CHOSE not to inform them, I would expect to be reprimanded, maybe even dismissed.    Guys, this is NOT an error of judgement, or an honest mistake, READ THE EMAILS, it was an effort by Tressel to cover up what had taken place.    Even if I did buy that he was concerned for his players, why was he STILL denying that he knew in DECEMBER?




Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:40 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Of course, I've cheated.  However, I am not entrusted with developing hundreds of 18 year old boys into men.

If I'm a union pipefitter (no offense to pipefitters), then perhaps my lack of honesty and character is not as important as it would be for someone who's responsibilty it is to develop 18 year old kids.  I mean, if someone lacks honesty/character something bad may happen to these kids that think they know everything, such as:  (1)  They start hanging out with drug dealers and killers and get hurt; or (2) The kids start cheating themselves and lose eligibilty which, in turn, may cost the kids millions of dollars;  or (3)  Something really bad could happen like the kid could turn to the streets and commit armed robberies. 

Perhaps most pipefitters keep their jobs if they are found to be dishonest and lie to their employers.  Perhaps college football coaches should be held to a different standard.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Just because a person acts in error or uses poor judgment doesn't necessarily mean you flush him down the toilet. If that was the case, then we (me, you, everyone) would all be swimming around in sewer systems. 

Check yourself.


IF I had a signed contract with my employer stating in clear language that I had to INFORM them of any problem, I would do it. If I CHOSE not to inform them, I would expect to be reprimanded, maybe even dismissed.    Guys, this is NOT an error of judgement, or an honest mistake, READ THE EMAILS, it was an effort by Tressel to cover up what had taken place.    Even if I did buy that he was concerned for his players, why was he STILL denying that he knew in DECEMBER?



Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:33 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Of course, I've cheated.   However, I am not entrusted with developing hundreds of 18 year old kids into grown men. 

If I'm a union pipefitter (no offense to pipefitters), then my lack of honesty is perhaps not as important as the honesty of someone who has a tremendous amount of contact with 18 year old kids who don't know any better.  I mean, if someone is dishonest and a cheat and has alot of contact with kids, something bad may happen like:  (1) The kids may start hanging out with drug dealers and murderers and get hurt; or (2) They start cheating as lose eligibilty which, in turn, may cost them millions of dollars; or (3) Some of the kids I'm entrusted with may end up in prison for armed robbery. 



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