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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: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:24 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Why are you confused? Tressel told Gene Smith he would extend his own suspension to five games. It's really not that hard. Was it to head off stronger NCAA punishment? Maybe/probably. He made the suspended kids come back and take their medicine, he told a crowd recently he would sit with them.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:23 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Who are you to decide which games they sit? These are all seniors missing the first 5 games of the last season they will ever play in College...EVER for some of them....what they did was wrong no denying that. I just don't understand why most people think that they have to be put in the worst possible position for the suspension to be's not like they are repeat offenders. 

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:23 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

You're an idiot comparing a basketball penalty to a football penalty.  Tressel's suspension will amount to almost half the season.  Pearl's suspension was for about a 1/4 of the season or less. 

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:20 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

I've been a little confused by some of the recent reporting on this. Some of the media reports make it sound like Jim Tressel took it upon himself to increase the suspension, like he realizes he did wrong and wants to do the right thing. Was he going to get hammered by the NCAA if he didn't increase it or is Tressel contrite as some have painted him?

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:19 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Top team because they CHEAT.   

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:17 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

What an idiotic comment BYU. Eight games of a 32 game schedule is equivalent to three games of a 12-game football season. Five games in football is equivalent to 14 games in basketball. Tell me you can't be that stupid to see that?

Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:14 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

Tennessee's Pearl gets 8 games. OSU gets 5 games for basically the same infaction. Yes, OSU is the darling and was treated as such. I would be embarrassed.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:52 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

If this would have happened at another OSU,,,,lets say Oklahoma State University, the NCAA would have canceled the whole football season.  Lets face it, Dez Bryant didnt take any money only spent a day watching video and working out and then lied about it before coming clean and he got booted for the whole year at the other OSU school.  That doesnt make what he did right it just tells everyone that Ohio State is an NCAA Darling.  You would have a hard time convincing me that the Ohio State players didnt initially lie about the situation with the money and we know that Tressell knew things and wasnt talking about them.  Some people act one way when the cameras are on and in reality are comletely opposite when no ones looking,,,, I wouldnt send my kid to play for Tressel if he offered him a free ride, and the NCAA should be ashamed.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:49 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

And yet still, it is for the first 5 games, 3 of which would be cake even for OSU backups. Really, they don't have to play against Akron, Toledo, and Colorado? Miami (FL) and MSU, ok. I'll go for those. But really, they are benching these guys for 3 home games that they could win by 14 with the 2nd string in. Make it Big 10 games. All suspensions should always be for conference games for things like this. They are the games that matter because if OSU runs the table in the conference, you are still rewarding the cheatin bastards with a BCS game.

This is a suspension: out for the first 5 conference games which include vs. MSU, @ Nebraska, @ Illinois, vs. Wisconsin, vs. Indiana. Now that would do damage. Buckeyes could still be 4-1, maybe 5-0 even with the current suspensions depending on if MSU falls off the map again. If it was the way it should be, they'd be 2-3 in the conference, 3-2 if they were lucky. They'd be done.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:38 am

NCAA upholds OSU suspensions, Tressel to sit too

People are not hating on the Buckeyes. They are hating on the fact that the NCAA gives a slap on the wrist to a big program. We saw the same with Auburn. Tressel knew he should have reported it but decided to cover it up. That is a major offense and they should be losing scholarships over it. I think it's worse than what Reggie Bush did and USC lost scholarships over that.

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