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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: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

People really think that this fiasco is going to carryover to season?  spring game and first two yeah...then its squashed! tressel knows this better than anybody too




Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I'm not saying fire the man, what I am saying it's time for people to stand up and take responsiblity for their actions. I'm tired of the pussyfooting. "I didn't know", "so and so did too". I sure Jim is a fine guy and I know it would be a priviledge to play at Ohio State but let's be honest and step up to the plate and said " I f_____ up and accept a honest punishment.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Man of his word my a**.  You Buckeye fans crack me up, only at Ohio State would he keep his job, once the administration sees the embarassment I highly doubt he coaches another game.  This wasn't Jim protecting players, this was Jim trying to dodge trouble. 



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

To buckeyezane, Tressel is not terribly dangerous and if your sons get to play for him I hope it is not at a major university.  But I disagree that Tressel was protecting his players.  Tressel was taking care of Tressel and all of you OSU faithful.  Good for him.  But he got caught.  And as shocked as he is by that, he is a little like you or me getting stopped by a traffic cop who is giving us a speeding ticket.  Saying, "I didn't know what speed to go" or "other people are speeding too" won't cut it with anyone but the AD and Prez of OSU.  Jim is not an idiot, he is a smart, savvy guy.  So even if he didn't know who do call (which is doubful), he knew he was honor bound to call someone and turn the matter over to the NCAA.  It likely doesn't matter to too many on the OSU campus, but to the rest of us he dishonored your institution.  And that is a tragedy that can be repaired quickly if he falls on his sword or if the powers that be change their tune and dismiss him.  Ohio State is a great school and can be a football and basketball powerhouse without breaking rules.  It looks like the roundballers might just go all the way.  Good luck.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

coolwms...u got it wrong,Tressel said he had heard somethings but didn't reveal his sources because he gave the attorney that informed him  via email his word he wouldn't tell authorities where it came from because of  the ongoing  drug investigation....once again people are being played and misled by the media on this subject,they need to tell the whole story and put everything into perspective...it shows me Coach Tressel is a man of his word.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

coolwms...u got it wrong,Tressel said he had heard somethings but didn't reveal his sources because he gave the attorney that informed him  via email his word he wouldn't tell authorities where it came from because of  the ongoing  drug investigation....once again people are being played and misled by the media on this subject,they need to tell the whole story and put everything into perspective...it shows me Coach Tressel is a man of his word.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

coolwms...u got it wrong,Tressel said he had heard somethings but didn't reveal his sources because he gave the attorney that informed him  via email his word he wouldn't tell authorities where it came from because of  the ongoing  drug investigation....once again people are being played and misled by the media on this subject,they need to tell the whole story and put everything into perspective...it shows me Coach Tressel is a man of his word.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

The NCAA never interviewed Tressel on this.  Gene Smith and the compliance department did and he lied to them.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Hey,coolwms, you are right. And Bryant lied about something that was not illegal, i.e. going to a party/talking with Deion Sanders.  Ohio State believes they can't afford to lose Tressel and they will fight this tooth and nail.  But Jim is a liar and his dirty little lies got bigger and bigger until the public can't swallow them.  Let's see if the NCAA can.




Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Hey md22mdrx, I was going to fire off a clever post but you said it all.  I imagine there are plenty of OSU professors who are embarrassed by President Gee's undermining of the academic priority of the school but can't publically stand up without being run out of town.


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