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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.
Comments

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 4:12 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Bottom line is Tressel lied.  He lied to get his players into their bowl game, he lied to get them to promise to come back this season, and he lied to the NCAA which is more damaging than anything.  The head coach should know better no matter what school he is at!  Tressel should be suspended for the remainder of the year, if not fired by OSU for his conduct!!!




Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 4:08 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

This whole issue is a joke.  These kids sold their own property.  The NCAA, is trying to better their image afther the Cam Newton debacle.  This is a convienent laughable infraction that is getting blown out of proportion.  

The sad fact is that 5 talented seniors who chose to stay and honor their commitment to their team, are being suspended.  Coach Tressel may not be on the sideling, but he'll have an impact.  

Sure is easy to gang up on a successful program.  This kind of thing happens at TCU(sisters of the poor) NO ONE CARES.
buckfan


good post.  i rate you 5 stars



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 4:07 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

tartan
believe me, i am awake. at a big time university, where tuition is averaged at 30,000 a year, there is no way they would have low sense things like those for anybody, athlete or not.  also, you made no sense in the ideas you have stated. regardless of if this is how these athletes are treated, which its not, its still a college education.  an asset valued over 100,000 dollars.  if these things you have stated are true, would an athletic scholarship really be worth this much money? in the end even if the school still gives then low end things like this, its still a college education, in which they are reciving for free. some people would die for the opportunity to reciveve a college education, but cannot because of finacial issues. if you pay young people like this the outcome will likely be: the money is used for alcohol, drugs, or any other things that it should not be used towards. yes, some athletes would not use it in this way, but lets be realistic. at that age, who knows what the money could be spent for. i think you need to open your eyes, and rethink your reasoning, or atleast have it make sense and look like your not the one wishing you could afford a college education
If you pay $30,000 a yr for logic like I read about you need to get your money back lol lol lol lol  Don't pay students because they will buy drugs. Parents give non athethic students money is it for drugs.  I know you want to take that statement back but its toooo late.  lol   You live in a fantasy world.  So what if they spend it on drugs its their money.  You are into controling people lives arent you?   

$30,000 for what? Get your money back and continue your degree in seed planting from a community college.  lol lol lol lol lol lol 



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:52 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

This whole issue is a joke.  These kids sold their own property.  The NCAA, is trying to better their image afther the Cam Newton debacle.  This is a convienent laughable infraction that is getting blown out of proportion. 

The sad fact is that 5 talented seniors who chose to stay and honor their commitment to their team, are being suspended.  Coach Tressel may not be on the sideling, but he'll have an impact. 

Sure is easy to gang up on a successful program.  This kind of thing happens at TCU(sisters of the poor) NO ONE CARES.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:45 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

For once the guilty gets out in front to limit the damage. Usually they lie and cover up until they get  caught.

But that is exactly what happned, until it couldn't be covered up or hidden any longer.  They, or in this case he, did not self-report this.  He did not even investigate this.  He tried to sweep it under the rug until someone else found out.  They he lied about his knowledge of it.  next, a token penalty was imposed and then, finally, a more realisitic suspension was decided upon.  Despite the claims that Tressel asked for this, I don't believe for one minute that the school didn't at least pressure this out of him in an attempt at damage control, in the hopes that the NCAA will decide that enough action has been taken.  But don't give credit to Tressel in this case.  He is the one directly responsible for putting the players, the school, and the fans in the situation that they find themselves in.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:29 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

should be the whole year



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:30 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

whitj,

believe me, i am awake. at a big time university, where tuition is averaged at 30,000 a year, there is no way they would have low sense things like those for anybody, athlete or not.  also, you made no sense in the ideas you have stated. regardless of if this is how these athletes are treated, which its not, its still a college education.  an asset valued over 100,000 dollars.  if these things you have stated are true, would an athletic scholarship really be worth this much money? in the end even if the school still gives then low end things like this, its still a college education, in which they are reciving for free. some people would die for the opportunity to reciveve a college education, but cannot because of finacial issues. if you pay young people like this the outcome will likely be: the money is used for alcohol, drugs, or any other things that it should not be used towards. yes, some athletes would not use it in this way, but lets be realistic. at that age, who knows what the money could be spent for. i think you need to open your eyes, and rethink your reasoning, or atleast have it make sense and look like your not the one wishing you could afford a college education.




Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:22 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

For once the guilty gets out in front to limit the damage. Usually they lie and cover up until they get  caught. I think this means he is trying to make it seem like a harsher punishment to avoid the worst punishment of all.

This thing could get ugly with him volunteering to miss that many games.



Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:13 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I'm certain that Dodd, the self-avowed hater of all things Buckeye, is just tickled pink.

But my ongoing assertion that Dodd is a hack blogger, and not a journalist, is further reinforced by the fact that he doesn't realize that an apostrophe in "it's" is only used for a contraction of "it is," and not for a possessive pronoun.



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:50 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Nope it was not,  Just a quetion to all the fans out there I already know the answear but something for you non Buckeyefans out there.
If ti was your team would you show the same anger? My guess is no, but it is a hypothetical question.  


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