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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: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:19 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I don't know where you got the idea that he thinks he is "holier than though"...that is something you have read into. Tressel will be the first to admit he makes mistakes, as do all of us. I do. You do. He does - At work; at home; in life.

As for once a cheater, always a cheater. Have you ever cheated? If you answered no, then you are a liar too.

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.




Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:32 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Wow, if that e-mail is authentic (it looks ot be) Tressel is in a world of shit. This ain't goin' away Buckeye fans and it's waaaaaay worse than "practice gate" in Ann Arbor.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:15 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

As to the confidentiality mentioned in the SECOND email, it means not to tell the press.  If he read into it that he could not tell his superiors then he has been given too much credit for intelligence.    He tried to cover it up, and got caught, plain and simple, and the NCAA WILL spank him.  OSU is trying now to say they self reported this, hogwash, they got outed by Yahoo sports and are now trying to save face, and Gee made it that much worse by sticking his foot in his mouth for a second time in the last few months.



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:00 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Yes all OSU fans are ignorant.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:58 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Yes.  FU.



Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:45 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Wow...Could care less about the Big Ten and any schools in it, but to stand up for Sweater-Vest the way you do is a joke. I guess you've bought all his "holier than though" attitude and after this recent revelation it makes your program look just as corrupt as any other that has cheated.  Obviously, if he had reported when he should have, the players would not have been on the field this past season and that is all he cared about. Just check his past also. Youngstown State comes to mind...Once a cheater, always a cheater.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:23 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

"2 game suspension against cupcakes was just that, a cupcake move by the NCAA."




Cupcake move by The Ohio State University.


Either way the rules need to be updated to match the times. I would rather read the works of Mark Twain then the NCAA rulebook, it's a shorter read.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:20 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes





Buckeyezane, here is the FIRST email sent to Tressel on the matter,  it is YOU who should read and get the facts. A former player sent him an email giving specific times and names. There is NO mention of confidentiality, no asking to keep anything quiet.  Tressel is in deep, and is still lying about his motives for keeping it hushed and lying in Sept and Dec when asked point blank by the NCAA if he had prior knowledge of the tattoogate incidents.

I am all for ANY school or coach being punished for breaking the rules, I am for WVU being punished for the extra practice time that was instituted under Fraudriguez, and would hope that OSU fans would put their homerism aside and look objectively at the current state of affairs at OSU and come to the right conclussion, for the integrity of the game.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:43 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

OSU fans are ignorant. You'd think they'd never lost a BCS game. At least they finally backed it up for once against Arkansas. 2 game suspension against cupcakes was just that, a cupcake move by the NCAA. I sure has hell hope they drop the hammer on this. Their messages never get across, but at least he's getting what is coming to him for breaking the rules.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:16 am
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Are all OSU fans ignorant?



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