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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: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:44 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

tOSU slappies...I love 'em. Winning! Duh.

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:36 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Let me preface this by saying I in NO way like USC. BUT if this had been the University of Spoiled Children the NCAA would have thrown the book at them. Because it's the VEST and the NCAA needs to for whatever reason have them in the BCS picture every season their sweeping this under the rug. 2 games and $250,000 aka slap on the wrist. What does Tressel make in a year? They just gave him a fat tax write off. NCAA is a joke. I love the sports but can't stand the bueracray of it all. oh yeah ... in the words of Lindale White .... " OHIO STATE still SUCKS!!" ... have a nice day everyone!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:26 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

"jeez Vegas, get a life, what did tressel ever do to you? you sound like a an angry lynch mob. remember where this all stems from...20year old kids selling trophies and autographs for around $2k. do yourself a favor, takea chill pill, or get a life or something"

get a life?  I live in vegas where I have a great life!!  where do you live?  yeah, that's what I thought chump.  Also, I am simply ranting about why this coach gets a slap on the wrist where it is clearly stated that if he did what he did (and he did) then those are grounds for termination.  Who's to say other coaches won't see this and do the same thing?  I don't care what the 20 year olds did, the fact is this coach who is supposed to be upholding his status as a big time coach, failed in his responsibilities and duties to report what he found out.  All for what?  To win now and accept responsibility later? 

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:59 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Tressel knows the drill and he will exercise it to its fullest.  Deny, deny and deny some more.  When faced with facts, continue to deny, wear out the NCAA and you will be exonerated as a victim of the NCAA's alleged strong arm tactics.  Tressel will be viewed as a hero to those who face adversity at every step in the path of life.  Coach Tressel hung in there, took the NCAA's best shot and Tressel stuck to his principles that he was trying to protect his players.  Remember this is professional college football and the goal is to raise cash have students complete their NFL draft standing education and promote the values of the OSU.  Winning Education is the most important value in college sports.  All Tressel did was protect his players from the NCAA so that could be successful in a BCS Bowl game .  The NCAA enforcement committee will believe this story and the NCAA will actually uphold Jim Tressel as a leader and a promoter of winning football at all costs the well being of students athletes.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Yes, guilty.  Fry him.  After all, his offense was worse than the Boston Strangler.  I mean he actually failed to report a complicated email.  And of course he has not been penalized.  The two games and the $250,000 -- why, that was nothing.  Yes, let's hang Tressel before he gets away.  What nonsense!  Some of you experts should have your heads donated to the Smithsonian Insitute.  As true relics.  And that includes most of the ESPN and CBS pontificates.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:34 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Monkeymanace, you cannot possibly be serious about Tressel not knowing the kids selling their stuff was illegal. If that's the case, then the athletic program undoubtedly has manifested an environment of non-compliance considering their coaches don't even know the rules. And the issue at hand has nothing to do with the seriousness, or lackthereof, of the players' violations. It's that Tressel willfully withheld that information from OSU and NCAA. OSU doesn't seem to care or think it's a big deal that one of their head coaches essentially lied to them for 9 months and only came clean after their own investigation which came after the said violations were publicly released, which boggles my mind. It'll be interesting to see how the NCAA views it. It hasn't been blown way out of proportion...the response from OSU was actually underwhelming and made light of something that is a clear major violation of NCAA rules. I have a feeling the OSU blinders will be coming off when the NCAA is able to wrap its arms around this entirely.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:24 pm
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Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:58 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

The email he received was complete hearsay, selling items was not a violation until 1/14/08 under NCAA bylaw Preferential Treatment, Beneifts, or Services, so he may not have been fully aware of how it applied, the overall scope of the player violations are extremely minor (think having a yard sale and selling something you received as a gift for your birthday) because it was not an enducement for any particular action. This is being blown way out of proportion simply because there is very little football news right now. March Madness cannot start soon enough.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:35 pm

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Good point.

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