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NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 8:46 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The chances that the Ohio State Buckeyes will be contending for a Big Ten title or a national title in 2011 have just taken a hit. The suspensions of the five Ohio State players from TattooGate, the mess that got Ohio State in all this hot water in the first place, have been upheld by the NCAA.
According to this decision, Mike Adams, Daniel Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel, as well as receiving improper benefits in 2009. These student-athletes must also repay money and benefits ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.
“While we are disappointed that our appeal request was denied, we respect the NCAA and accept its ruling,” said Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and athletics director. “The players are sorry for the disappointment they have caused, will learn from their mistakes, and will strive to earn the confidence and support of everyone associated with the university through their future conduct.”
“The university remains steadfast in its commitment to continually improve the compliance education process,” said Dr. John Bruno, faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten and NCAA and Ohio State professor of psychology. “We believe that we do a good job in educating our more than 900 student-athletes, but we strive to do better to help them make good decisions.
There will be no further appeals from this point, and all five players will sit out the first five games of the 2011 season. And guess what?

Jim Tressel will be joining them. For all five games. From the Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio State and football coach Jim Tressel announced tonight that he would accept a five-game suspension for his role in the scandal that brought major NCAA violations to OSU's door.
The announcement came moments after the NCAA denied Ohio State's appeal to reduce the five-game suspensions of five football players for selling memorabilia and accepting discounts on tattoos, a violation of the NCAA extra benefits rule.
Tressel had been suspended for two games and fined $250,000 by the university for his own violations, which came to light last week. A source told The Dispatch that it was his decision to increase his suspension to five games; his fine will remain the same.
The five games that Tressel and his players will miss are against Akron, Toledo, Miami, Colorado and Michigan State. While I wouldn't worry much about Akron and Toledo if I were a Buckeye fan, those games against Miami and Michigan State could pose quite a problem to a team without it's starting quarterback, running back, wide receiver and head coach.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:17 pm

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

The violations in my view is no big deal on what the players did but rules are rules and they knew about give them a slap on the wrist. 5 games maybe a bit much but I see the NCAA making an example. However, what Tressel did was just down right wrong. He should be fired point blank..He was warned and didn't do anything then he had a 2nd chance once the NCAA got wind of this and investigated. So Tressel the weasel he is didn't say anything and acted soooooooooooo shocked that his players would do such a thing..another chance blown by Tressel...Any Highschool player thinking about going to osu better think twice because they are a bunch of lying thugs.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:11 pm

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Tressel got off easy...he should have had to sit the whole season or osu should have been unable to be bowl eligble for 2 years. It just shows you not only does osu's football team has a bunch of thugs on the team..Their coach is no better than them..he's a lying thug! Enough said! GO BLUE!!! osu's time is running out...enjoy it now because Big Blue is coming back..stay heard it first hear!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:08 pm

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

It always easier to own up with the evidence of your wrongdoing is presented to you.   Do you respect his lying, letting his players play even though they would be ineligible?

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:08 pm
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Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:03 pm

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Nobody seems to be mentioning that this information was given to Tressel after being discovered by a federal investigation into the store owner. There has to be some issue with the guy saying anything to Tressel to begin with, then for him to pass it on would have compromised the investigation. I believe he and the players broke rules and deserve punishment, but you must look at the entire situation before passing judgement. I respect him for owning up to the mistake and accepting the punishment.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:57 pm

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

These players sold their own stuff three years ago. AJ Green got four games selling to an agent and then lying about it. OSU players should have gotten no more than four games. Oh well. Jim Tressel got what he deserved for being stupid. A good coach made a dumb mistake.

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