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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.


Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:24 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Michigan fans are really sorry that we make young men work too hard.  OSU fans are really sorry that their coach let genuine compassion for a young man's welfare affect his tenacious adherance to the NCAA rule book.  Yes, both were violations of the rules, but neither one affect the outcome of any game.  May the NCAA find these sorts of problems in the Big Ten schools more often, because it just doesn't make me feel real bad that some football players felt pressured to work extra hard - its the Midwest- we all work extra hard, or should. I won't limit an OSU man's compassion when the outcome of the game is not at stake. OSU's response was appropriate; it shouldn't be swept under the rug.  Brady Hoke is right- Tressel is a good man and we want him to stay in the Big Ten.  (They should have kept Steve Fisher too.)

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:24 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

jeez Vegas, get a life, what did tressel ever do to you? you sound like a an angry lynch mob. remember where this all stems from...20year old kids selling trophies and autographs for around $2k. do yourself a favor, takea chill pill, or get a life or something

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:18 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

So even though I do not have a dog in this fight, I will be the first on this thread to say he will not last past the next couple weeks. Either he steps down himself or those clowns that supposedly run OSU will either terminate his contract or get an ultimatum for the OSU Board of Regets to let him go. Even tOSU will have a difficult time with this unless something drastic is done. The OSU leadership has made a mockery of this whole situation to the point the NCAA will hammer them and the university. If hindsight was 20/20, it would have better off for your Pres and AD to stay the hell away from the press conf. They themselves just made tings 10 times worse for all invovled. I would not be surprised if something happens to them as well. Will be interesting to see what comes of this mess. Good Luck! What does everyone think? 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I can't believe OSU has not fired this guy.  It clearly states in its bylaws that such an infraction of witholding information from the university is (and it is underline) means for termination.  Yet, they give him a 2 game suspension (he'll still be coaching and you know he's devising ways to signal in plays, perhaps via texts or skyping on the sidelines)???  FIRE this lying POS!

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