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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: May 18, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:21 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Isn't a coach supposed to set an example?  All organizations rise and fall with leadership. Tressel's track record is nothing to brag about(including Youngstown State). I think Tressel's suspension should be permanent.

Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:21 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

The NCAA is so mad at Ohio State they put North Dakota State on probation for 5 years. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:15 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I hope Akron and Toledo beat them..Real big man of you Tressel to add games to your own pathetis suspension by your corrupt AD. $&#% the &%$#eyes. It,s just a matter of time before the NCAA throws the hammer down on football and basketball. Their AD is shady and I have know Idea how he ended up the chairman of the NCAA tourney. Colorado and V-Tech look no further than who headed it up.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:56 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Gene Smith needs to apologize for his pathetic attempt at making it a 2 game suspension for Tressel, and for his embarrassing job of heading up the NCAA tourney selections.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:45 am

Buck Fans .... Which is it

First - They Yahoo story was a "non-story". There's nothing to it.

Then OSU was classy by suspending Tressel. Everyone outside of OSU is jealous of THE Ohio State University. Nothing more will come of this. He lied but it's ok because he was protecting his players. No big deal. Everyone just wants to pile on OSU.

Now Jim Tressel is noble because he recommended that he take a 5 game suspension like his players.

This won't be the final sentence on Tressel. The NCAA is going to hammer him. And public perception is that OSU did something FAR WORSE than Rich Rod in Michigan. That's gotta hurt........

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:42 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Tressel announcing that he will "accept" a five-game for his suspension is laughable.  How noble of him!  Bryant should have told everyone he was willing to "accept" a five-game suspension, too; then maybe the NCAA wouldn't have suspended him for the whole season!  NCAA enforcement is a joke!  If this happened at a small-time school, the players and coach would all be made an example and be out for the year.  But they can't let that happen at OSU, or any of their other big programs, because that would cost them too much money! 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:38 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

He should sit out the entire year if not be fired. He lied to all involved. What he did is a breach of his contract. He is only sitting out 2 games against tough football schools. Tressel should be mighty happy he isn't gone --oh yea--he wins a ton of games--so he is above being canned.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:35 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

OK, Let's get it right.  Dez Bryant had "contact with an agent".  Deion's agent was also present during the "lunch" involving Dez Bryant.  Not the same.  Reggie Bush's and Cam Newton's situations involved 6 figure deals not a coulple of tattos.  Not the same.  Oklahoma car dealers paying Sooner players as employees even though they never worked.  Not the same.  The Point?  Each situation is different and the NCAA has no consistancy.  While they should be penalized let's not compare apples to oranges. 

As a Buckeye fan in Oklahoma, I am greatly dissapointed in Coach Tressel's failure to report the infraction and it should probably carry at least a full season suspension.  I also thought the tattooed 5 should not have played in the Sugar Bowl as well as serving a suspension.  Of course, that would have been like only suspending them for the Sugar Bowl as they all would have probably entered the NFL draft even though O-Lineman Mike Adams was the only player even close to ready.  They still shouldn't have played.  

They knew what they were doing was wrong and so did Coach Tressel and I for one am not buying the BS excuses and veiled apologies.  Let the NCAA hand the penalties down and let's move on.  Go Bucks!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:33 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Pearl was suspended by the SEC NOT the NCAA.  The NCAA has yet to sanction Pearl or Tennessee, they are going to announce the penalties for Pearl and Tenn in June.  If you don't know the facts its best to keep you pie hole shut.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:28 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

The college baskeball season is roughly 32 games...8 games is 25% of the season for Pearl.  5 games of a 12 game OSU football schedule is almost 42% of the season...who got off light?

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