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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: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

"selling your property is not a crime in the U.S"

tell that to AJ Green -- sold one of his named jerseys -- suspended first 4 games of 2010 season...  OSU players guilty -- they'll play the Sugar Bowl and take their suspension next season... 




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Jim Tressel is no different than guys like Kelvin Sampson.  They do the crap, and then lie about it until they get caught.  Honestly, I have to wonder now if Maurice Clarett was indeed the one telling the truth.  Is Jim Tressel a good football coach?  Yes he is.  But we now know he lied and got caught.  Who knows how many times he hasn't been caught?  I do find it amazing the Ohio State fans defending this guy right now.  But in Ohio, you kind of have to given the state of your professional teams.  This makes Thad Matta look incredible right now.

The reds whipped the cubs a$$, hows that for "state of your professional teams". Cool



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Exactly. The messier you are, the more likely you'll be caught. I'm an unhappy, disappointed Buckeye fan. As this continues further, Tressel is looking more and more likely heading out the door. Sad to say, sad to see, but those are the consequences. If you can't do the right thing, you end up paying for it. We all do in society. No matter how big you are, the harder you fall. It's true.



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Tressel did what most coaches would do. Duck and take the money. tOSU raked in some big money in 2010. It was more than if they would have had four or five losses. And it was much more since they went to a prestigious bowl game.

The thing is, the way the Big 10 works, they probably would have raked in the same amount of money even with 4-5 losses.  Assuming everything else was the same, Michigan State (head to head win over Wisky) would have gone to the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin would have probably gotten an at large bid to the Sugar Bowl and OSU would have maybe been in the Texas Bowl.  All of the Big 10's bowl slots would have still been filled and the Big 10 teams would have made the same money anyway.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

I agree, the successful major programs pretty much are all dirty these days in their own way.  Being a Notre Dame fan, we've tried to run a clean program and have to recruit a different kind of scholar athlete.  Hence, the struggle to even be a bowl eligible team year after year in the modern era. 



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

His explainationtrells me all i wan't to know about his character .  His father , the other coach tESSAL WOULD BE APPALLED .



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Good to see Ohio State taken down a peg.

But, I think just about every successful major program is dirty to some degree: it's just a matter of who's been caught yet.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

moodysbike,

How do you really feel? Seems to me that you're just tired of the Buckeyes whipping scUM's asses every year? Relax this has no affect on your life. I'd like an example of ''criminals'' that Tressel has recruited. Sure you'll bring up Maurice Clarett but ......... Clarett did not have a criminal background before he got to tOSU. He got stupid and big-headed after he had one successful year. What he did after being kicked off the team was his own doing. Still, I do not expect you to understand since I am using complete sentences.
 As far as your statement about the basketball team, seems like more jealousy to me. UM has been irrelevent in basketball since the Fab5. And everyone knows how crooked that team was!

Birdseed,

While I do not agree that Tressel should be fired but whether he is or not, I'm sure the university will be heavily fined. As far as tOSU giving money back that they raked in from the football team, Ohio State sells out every game every year. So that would not have any influence on any fines and or sanctions. 

I don't remember and don't really care to look back to see who wrote the comment about these five players from the Buckeyes being ''Thugs''. It was a case of players selling what they thought was their property. They were Freshmen at the time and may not have known the rules? But to call them thugs just shows your racism. Not one of the five have a criminal record. Tatoos are not just part of the African American culture. There are plenty of Caucasions with tatoos. If it had been five white guys, would you still be calling them thugs? Just some food for thought.... 



Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Really? I mean really? How ignorant are you? Don't answer, we all know.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Tressel in trouble? Bylaw history says yes

Jim Tressel is no different than guys like Kelvin Sampson.  They do the crap, and then lie about it until they get caught.  Honestly, I have to wonder now if Maurice Clarett was indeed the one telling the truth.  Is Jim Tressel a good football coach?  Yes he is.  But we now know he lied and got caught.  Who knows how many times he hasn't been caught?  I do find it amazing the Ohio State fans defending this guy right now.  But in Ohio, you kind of have to given the state of your professional teams.  This makes Thad Matta look incredible right now. 


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