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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: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:08 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

If Tressel gets fired and than Urban Meyer becomes the next head coach at Ohio State.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:27 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I hate to tell you, but if Tressel gets fired for this he might not coach again in Division I for awhile. This is a very serious offense and the NCAA might slap a ban on him.

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:04 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Why don't we all simmer the f#$k down and wait to see what the NCAA does.  They may ask OSU to fire the coach or suspend him for a year. 

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:16 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Last season, Georgia didn't want a handicap, North Carolina didn't want a handicap, but wanted to play with their full teams. But irregardless of their wants they agreed to abide by the rules of the NCAA. He deliberately broke the rules, not once but trice. He did it at Youngstown so he was aware that their are consequences to actions. Do I want OSU to play without their best, not particulary as I don't have a dog in this fight. I was best man at an OSU grads wedding so nothing here against OSU. The pointing out of the coaches selfish act isn't wishing harm to OSU, just that he should've done his job and lessened the extent of damage to the University and its Atheletic Dept
You must look at the situation as if they were talking about Chicago City College and you are reviewing the facts with no predjudice one way or another, not as a dyed in wool fan. His life is not going to be ruined, maybe a loss of job but he is a fine coach and he'll land on his feet.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:09 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Who cares...all big time NCAA athletics, mens and chicks, are still is all a fraud.  May the best cheater win (and they have won the past couple mens football championships)...

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:42 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Jealousy is the sincerest form of flattery and man can you tell most of the posters here are jealous of the vest and TOSU success. You idiots think the school is going to cut him loose so they can go through what michigans has endured w/ coaches over the last 10 years. Fat chance. They will take the NCAA hit and move on. I would imagine 100 schools at the least would want the vest if he was free. He loves the Buckeyes and Buckeye nation loves him. Pretty much to hell w/ all of you jealous trolls who compete in the toilet bowl year in year out. Except for michgan. Toilet bowl would be a step up compared to the garbage bowls they are eligible for.

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:36 am

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

The underlying question here should be Mr Cicero if you knew of this info back in April why did you wait a year to disclose it? Report it to the NCAA as a concerned citizen. Truth is you were representing the guy named in the Federal Investigation Mr Rife the owner of the Tat parlor. HMMM so rather than self implicate yourself in a federal inquiry you terminate your dealings/representing Mr Rife and send a concerning e-mail to Tressel yet keep a record of it to clear your good name. So how much did Yahoo pay you for this info ALA Wiki Leaks? Interesting you come forward now a year later in good faith Wink Wink...

I do respect Tress and I believe in his coaching ability but I do not believe in the NCAA period. They manipulate laws and such and enforce what they want to enforce and this article mentions the former Jim O'Brien as guilty. He won a $6.2 million dollar lawsuit against tOSU. His bad dealing or his infraction was he gave a kid some money to go to a family funeral. The kid was a prospect and not actually assigned to the team and I don't think ever made it to college. Good job NCAA! If tress leaves it will be on his account since the OSU will not fire him in my opinion...Let's wait and see what happens but easy to cast judgment with just this info. I'm a Buckeye fan and I understand it is a game and just that so if Tress leaves life will go on. I do not wish bad will or cast condesending holier than thou remarks towards Tress and wish him well in whatever he does from this point forward.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:52 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I can't stop laughing!!!  You must be a comedian!  Don't quit your day job!

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:51 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Sometimes I really think CBS should make members take an IQ test before letting them post! Man, I've never read so many idiotic posts since I've been on CBS. The punishment Tressel received was handed down by tOSU. They punished themselves before the NCAA did. The NCAA has the final decision on this matter. You can sound off and whine and scream for Tressels head. But guess what? Your opinion(s) do not matter to the NCAA, tOSU, Jim Tressel, Buckeye fans, and anyone else with common sense. So cry until you're maize and blue in the face because it just doesn't matter. The NCAA has the final say and I could be wrong but I don't think the NCAA has the power to fire a coach. That would be up to the university. At least he's being a man about it and not running away from his mistakes. Pete Carroll come to mind? 

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:26 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I agree with your Bo and Woody stories and beliefs but I also think Tressel loves the game also coming being the son of a coach,as for troubled players your bluemen have some too like eveyrwhere else(just google it)....Tressel might be a farce but he kicks Michigans a** and it will take some time until he is 500 against them if he started losing to the blue ones starting next you remember RR? ...your hire enough said,and big Jim Harbaugh and several other alums and former players wanted nothing to do with Michigan football so you had to SETTLE for your new coach,hopefully he will turn it around so at least the game is interesting to watch...SCEW BLUE !!!!!!You would to love see the Bucks  Tressel fire him so you could hire him !!!Cool

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