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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: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

If I was a player coach Tressel would be my man,he stands for his players and cares for them,he was looking out for them because of the drug investigation ongoing,it's my knowledge that he had a player murdered at Youngstown State that was involed with some drug selling slimeballs and i believe Tressel was fearful something like this may happen again.He is taking the heat for protecting his players,I would send either one of my sons to play for this man and be proud of it.Coach Tressel is a good man regardless of what the press is trying to do to him,they aren't telling all the facts just the juicy ones that make him look bad.As for the rules he broke they are comparable by rule to the ones that RR got at that school up north(look it up),and to my knowledge Michigan didn't impose any suspensions or penalties,the NCAA had to step in.These reporters need to tell the whole story not just pieces and it is not as bad as it sounds when you hear  everthing but OSU has a bulls eye on it's back because of it's sucess.



Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

If I remember right  when questioned by the NCAA Tressels  said he knew nothing about these players actions. Quess what he knew all along. Last year the NCAA suspended Dez Bryant for the entire year for lying to the NCAA investagtions committee. But Tressels gets to coach his team in the spring and the fall and only has to set ourt two games againt nobodies. Kind of inconsistence her HUH.



Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

If I remember right when questioned by the NCAA Tressels said he knew nothing about the action of these players . Quess what he knew all along. The NCAA suspended Dez Bryant for the entire season last year for lying to the NCAA investagations committee. But Tressels get to coach his team for spring ball and through the fall and only has to sit out two games . Not very consistant is it.



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

For rules violations, fines are nothing and suspensions are nothing and vacating games for the record are nothing.  If the NCAA is serious the only punishment that works is disallowing a significant number of scholarships for athletes for a significant number of years.  What we have now in the NCAA, is another program to monitor reported activities to death.  Stop talking and start acting......



Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I think the big picture is being missed here. Looked at what happened when the NCAA found out after the fact. If Tressels had reported this info, before the season, none of these players would have been playing last season.Tressels has been around long enough to know what he did was wrong and hid the facts so as not to lose a chance at the Big 10 crown. What he did was at least as wrong if not more so than the players themselves. They are just kids , Tressels is not. I don't know whether it warrants him being fired, that's not for me to say. i do know others have lost their jobs for a lot less.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

No.  I wouldn't take this fraud in a sweater vest.  Sorry.  He's a liar and a cheat and he's FINALLY been caught.  There have been reports of this for years .... it's about time someone slipped and we find out how the REAL Tres operates.



Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

TRSSEL SHOULD BE FIRED!!!  He knows  the rules.  I understand he wants to cover for his players, but he also need to resolve the issues before it gets out of hand.  He knows about it but did NOTHING.  OSU cares more about winning than doing what is right.  Basically what OSU says is that if you can win games for us you can get away with anything.  You will get punished so everyone can see.  As for the five players that got suspended, well they should be kicked off of the team.  



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I am an OSU alum and I certainly do not agree with everything about Jim Tressell.  What I do agree with is how he handles his football program and his players.  I also agree with coach Tressell for not bothering to play "tattle tell" for the NCAA on his players.  What the players did had no effect on fair play, what the the players did if anything was disrespect a certain tradition at Ohio State by selling their "gold pants".  I can accept all of the suspensions, the players deserved them, Tressell did not, but being the "Senator" and a good politician Tressell can play the NCAA politics game because there are things more important than 5 games next year and that is the Ohio State football tradition which Jim Tressell represents better than anyone not named Wayne Woodrow Hayes who passed away in 1987.  Anymore Bull Sh*t from the NCAA and it will be time for the University to start retaining attorneys to fight these slimeballs. 



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

GO BUCKS !!!!!



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Please stop using the word illegal. Nothing that the players or coach Tressel did was illegal. Did they commit NCAA violations?...Absolutely. Will the NCAA hammer come down on them?...Already has with the players and will certainly add to the sanctions already put in place by the university. But please, let us all stop with this "illegal" and "criminal" rhetoric. I am a huge Buckeye fan, and I am completely diappointed with the actions of both the players and the coach. They were aware of the rules, and will rightfully be punished for breaking them. It may even cost Tressel his job in the long run.


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