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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: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:57 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

It's thursday night loser - so go to your local bar and have a few cold ones; then drive home drunk; pull up some porn while your wife or girl friend is asleep in bed; work from home for a half a day on Friday but take a full day's pay; fill out your NCAA bracket on Monday for the office pool; and then overcompensate yourself on your next expense sheet. I bet you'll be the first person to claim you violated nothing lawfully, morally, or ethically. Loser. 

Those who want Tressel fired are the ones who only see the speck in his eye, but don't see the plank in their own. Get a life.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:48 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

We all understand the reasons, but there are all kinds of laws that dont make sense.  You are right is against the rules and should not have been done.  But if you think it is a "good rule" your head is in the sand.  There are all kinds of ways to "give players money".  You know...guys having fake jobs at car lots come to mind!  Bottom line...stupid rule that should not have been broken, but still stupid rule!

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:41 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

This is OSU's 9-11.  They couldn't justify firing Tressel, so they sabotaged him.  Now they have a reason to fire him.  Real classy, OSU.  Good luck getting kids to sign now.  Jim wasn't the greatest, but good luck replacing him and keeping OSU near the top of recruitment.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:40 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Most fans here in Columbus are not satisfied with the so-called suspension and fine. As fans, we are disgusted at the obvious intent to hide this from the NCAA so his players could play. Local radio hosts are also blasting Tressel and are expecting more to be done. I understand that he may be a good man and that he has done much for the community surrounding Columbus, but that does not balance what he has done by lying. He has dragged OSU's name through the mud and as long as he remains coach, it will follow him and OSU until he leaves. He was an athletic director prior to coaching. To say he didn't know where to go is an outright lie. He's also known for covering up issues in Akron. The man needs to resign or OSU needs to fire him. And this is coming from a 100% Buckeye fan. I've heard the radio stations. At least 80% of the fans want him gone for this.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:38 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I am SO stinkin' tired of all of the "what the players did wasn't that big of a deal" crowd yammering on and on.  It WAS a big deal.  Selling uniform pieces, shoes and awards is a BIG deal.  Otherwise, school can start giving footballers expensive gifts for all sorts of achievements and use that as a recruiting tool.

Hey, 5-star running back recruit, did you know that when OU wins the Big XII, which has happened seven times in the last eleven years, all of the players on the team get the usual gold ring but they also get a very nice gold watch and a 50 inch big screen and a...well, you get the picture.  And when you make it very clear that the shoes you use in a game are yours to sell (we will replace up to 25 pairs of shoes per season), the jerseys you wear in a game are yours to sell (we will replace up to 10 a season), well, then the kids start to understand that the school is really offering them a boatload of cash to come to the school. 

Get a grip.  If the rules say it is illegal (and they do, rightfully so) then it is illegal.  

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:12 pm
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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:05 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Tressel is toast.

If he is, he'll probably land butter side down. Why does that always seems to happen?

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:00 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Tressel is toast.

Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:58 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

 Here's a few questions I have not heard or read about. Why would only Tressel be notified of an NCAA investigation? And by e-mail? Doesn't anyone pick up a phone anymore? Whoever sent the e-mail to Tressel, then why would they not send the same to Gene Smith or Gordon Gee? Something just seems a little fishy here.
 It would be up to tOSU to terminate Tressel not the NCAA. The NCAA could give him a longer suspension and/or a bigger fine. I read today that Gene Smith considered suspending Tressel for Spring practices (last year? I could be wrong?), so that goes to show that Smith knew something too. If Smith meant that Tressel would be suspended for this year's spring practices then maybe Smith didn't know, but I find that very hard to believe. I don't see Tressel getting fired but more fines for him and AD Gene Smith and some sanctions against Ohio State. Seems like Smith is letting Tressel get raked over the coles and trying to save his own backside. In my opinion maybe Smith should man-up and take some responsibility here.

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:47 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

that was not the NCAA sanctions. those are yet to be determined. that 2 games and $250K was an OSU self-imposed sanction. It will get worse when the NCAA rules.

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