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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: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:31 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I'm sure you earned a degree in English.




Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:27 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

By now we all know Dodd's game.
He takes the most controversial position possible in order to draw as many responses as possible.
He attacks Ohio State in particular because they have large and outspoken fan base.
The purpose of all this controversy is increase his own stature as a "journalist".
In the end all he is interested in is controversy.
He could care less about the final result.



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

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

yes I graduated from a college in columbus but not Ohio State & im not defending what tressel & the players did wrong is wrong  so yes he should be fired but a lot of us fans did not give the punisment  & the player should not have played in the Sugar Bowl but that was not the fans decision so yes there are fans who will defend the school & its actions but there are some of us fans who would have like to see more accountability so great your a Illinois fan but your anger should be at the NCAA & Gene Smith, thats where some of us fans are angry with, & just Like our favorite buckeye ( Chris Spielman ) said Tressel should have been more pasionate  about his so called punishment or resign



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:01 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

"yep college football town & a bunch of crooks huh just wondering who is your favorite team?
or are a fan of Team who can't play for a National title"

My favorite team is Illinois, and no, they can't play for a title because they aren't a bunch of crooks.  Are you actually a graduate of the crookled university you root for?  That such logic would fly over your head is no surprise.

A suspension for the players is appropriate, since it wasn't a major violation, but Any coach of any NCAA team who gets caught violating the rules more than once, or who gets caught coverinjg up violations should be banned for life.  tressel, in this case, and Pearl in another, are supposed to be leaders setting the example.  Gee completely whiffed on his "zero tolerance" policy and it would be nice to see some Buckeye fans just admit that this whole affair is an embarrassment and that the school should have canned Tressel and given him an "I told you so" in reference to Gee's speech about doing things the right way.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:01 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Sorry, but this is not a good point, nor is it reasonable.  A coach of a major program is held to a higher standard than the players.  There is no argueing that.  This coach knew about the illegal activity and did nothing.  To make matters worse, he lied about it.  If you want to talk about reasonable and fair, Dez Bryant lied to the NCAA about a lunch he had with Deon Sanders.  He got suspended for basically a season.  If they want to be reasonable and fair, Tressell shold at least get a season suspension.  Lets not also forget that this is the second time he has done this, having lied before at Youngstown state.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:54 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Think in military terms.
Tressel did not sell out his players.
My god....Military terms?   Military is you do the right thing each and every time and when you do something wrong you be a man and own up to it.  Tressell lead the cover up.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:41 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I believe this was a good move on the part of Tressel and tOSU.  Now that the NCAA has ruled that the players get five games, it seems right to me that the coach that knew gets the same.  That being said, I think the five games for the players is too much.  Actually, I thought Green got to many games at four, so this seems even worse to me.
lsusmc


I rate you 5 stars :)  good post.  Reasonable and fair. Some people want tressel and the entire program to implode like the destruciton a old football stadium.  :)   



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I believe this was a good move on the part of Tressel and tOSU.  Now that the NCAA has ruled that the players get five games, it seems right to me that the coach that knew gets the same.  That being said, I think the five games for the players is too much.  Actually, I thought Green got to many games at four, so this seems even worse to me. 



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:31 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

yep college football town & a bunch of crooks huh just wondering who is your favorite team?
or are a fan of Team who can't play for a National title



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:27 pm
 

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I forgot to mention the fact that Derek David was arrested for sexually assaulting a 16 yo girl. In the mean time, Bama, USC, Oklahoma, and Buck Eye coaches are lining up on his front porch trying to recruit the kid.


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