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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: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:21 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

He acts one way but when it counts he turned his head! He should pay the same price as the others who got caught. He should be fired. He knew it was going on. The players knew he did and that he would not/did not say anything. How can he not be fired? The reason....he wins championships, always contends and he brings the school huge amounts of money! The NCAA is the most crocked run organization in this county. They are underhanded and make up the rules as they go!

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

If you are in your fifties, then you might recall that Bo and Woody went more than the extra mile to look after and stay in touch with their current and former players. The coaches of their era knew the player and their families. Tressel may have learned that lesson from those 'old school' coaches, but he sure does these things for different reasons. Bo and Woody were not in college coaching for money, they were in it for their love of the game and their boys.
Tressel and most of the coaches these days are only in it for $$$$, most of them are horrible game coaches, Les Miles leads the way in that category.
Tressel puts on a big act, but we all know he is a farce.
Let's face it, Ohio State has been able to win some football games of late, but anyone notice the type of characters and poor citizens produced in Columbus ... Art "Let's Bet" Schlister, Maurice"Got Guns" Clarett, Terry "I slap my wife" Glenn, Sanantonio "Smoking Dope" Holmes, Terrell "Sold my ring for crack" Pryor ...the list goes on and on.
Add "I see nothing, I know nothing, I am a farce TRESSEL to the list. 
The Jig is up, the good times in Columbus are over  

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:51 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

He should be fired-no question about it! He is a cheater!!!!!!

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:58 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes make some good points that make OSU look really good,you are correct that they did report these violations,all 375 and to their credit they turned them in,point being most schools hide these infractions,don't for one second think big time athletic programs don't have have as many or more.Tressel didn't give the QB money a booster did and Tressel was never accused of any wrong doing with that incident.Tressel also never gave money to Clarett or Smith and he suspended them didn't he? He also took Smith (a troubled kid) and put him under his wing,straightened him out,he won a hiesman,plays in the NFL,has makes good money and thus far has turned out to be a good citizen.Clarett is out of prison and Tressel once has taken him under his wing and trying to help turn his troubled life around,Tressel is a good man,not just a good coach,not all coaches would do these things for their players and and especially their troubled ex players.It is legal for students to have loan a cars,u had better look at your favorite university and see what your studs are driving,u might be shocked,no rules broken there.Know what your talking about before u talk....and by the way I'm in my fifties

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:51 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Ok, I'm not an Ohio State fan, however I also have not had any reason to root against them.  Until NOW.  Fact is they cheated, got caught, and now are attempting to keep the entire ship from sinking.  The punishment should fit the crime no matter who you are, or who your frients are.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:46 pm


This is hypocrisy that is shocking to the conscience.  The NCAA punished Ohio State as if they fully disclosed everything.  If you read Tressel's contract (which you can online) it says in bold print that he must report ANY information to the school that could bring ill repute.  What a complete joke.  

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:30 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

All of u people that followed and commented on my post make some valid points but all I'm asking u to do is know the whole story,yes it is factual that he knew something was going on as informed by a former player(I believe Tressel was the receivers caoach at the time he played).Tressel has admitted he mistake but I'm teliing u if you know of the whole story it's not like the media is portraying it,there are some unmentioned things that were on going with the law  as to why he had to wait,he gave his word and a man is as good as his word....right?

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:19 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Although the NCAA is so inconsistent with their rulings it is hard to say what they will get.  Cam Newton's dad tries to sell his sons football abilities to the highest bidder and Cam gets no punishment.  Another player from another school knew nothing about his mom taking out two loans while the player was in high school (loans were repaid) and he gets 2-6 games. The NCAA should get put on probation for their playing favorites that is the only way I can see why they dont hand out punishment equally for similar offenses. 

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:18 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Inasmuch as the greatest portion of posters on this board are aged twelve to eighteen, it's doubtful that any of them are old enough to recall Tressel's record with the NCAA at Youngstown. Perhaps they should familiarize themselves with Tressel's past before blindly defending him because he is working at Ohio State. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State had reported 375 NCAA violations from 2000-09, the most of 69 schools surveyed by the newspaper. Tressel's program at Youngstown State was penalized as a result of violations under his watch. Tressel's QB quarterback was paid in excess of $10,000 by a member of the school's board of trustees. Don't forget the Maurice Clarett fiasco or Troy Smith having to sit out two games after taking $500 from a booster. And what vehicle is Pryor driving this week? The vest is as slimy as they come, and in many respects worse, because he tries so hard to project an image of purity. You knew what you were getting with Tarkanian, and Pearl is what he is. Tressel's smugness and hypocrisy makes him much worse.  

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:13 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

To all you Buckeye fans who say Tressell heard the rumor....No he read an e-mail from a Buckeye alum and did NOTHING. He did not suspend the players which he should have and he tried to cover it up and tried to appear shocked when it all came to light in December.  I think he will get more than a 2 game suspension

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