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Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:42 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 2:17 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

With the NCAA investigation into Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel still unresolved, the local media is bound to do some further digging on the topic.  As we saw this past season in the high-profile cases of Auburn and North Carolina, the paper trail can reveal much more about the situation at hand, or in some cases misdirect the focus of violations in the first place.  For Ohio State, this bit of information may raise more questions than it answers.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that when Tressel received the famous emails of warning regarding his players selling memorabilia to a local tattoo parlor, he forwarded them to a man close to star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  Ted Sarniak, 67, is described as "a prominent businessman in Pryor's hometown of Jeanette, Pa."  Sarniak has acted as Pryor's mentor and advisor since high school, and reportedly was the recipient of the warning emails when they were forwarded by Tressel.  

In the news conference to announce the violations against Tressel, the coach nodded when asked if he had forwarded the emails.  He was quickly cut short by athletic director Gene Smith, and has maintained that the reason he kept the information to himself was to protect his players and the confidentiality of the federal investigation against the owner of the tattoo parlor.  Tressel apologized profusely, and has since received a five game suspension as punishment for keeping the information from the university and the NCAA.

But the report also raises questions about Sarniak, and his relationship with Pryor/Tressel/Ohio State.  Of all people involved with the Ohio State football program, why would Tressel choose to inform Pryor's 67-year-old mentor on the issue rather than Pryor's family.  Ohio State has not turned over any email records as of yet, but compliance director Doug Archie was quick to erase any doubts regarding Pryor's relationship with Sarniak.

"Mr. Sarniak and Terrelle Pryor have been friends for a number of years, and their friendship dates back prior to Terrelle's enrollment at Ohio State," Archie said in an email to The Dispatch. "As the friendship developed, Mr. Sarniak is someone who Terrelle has reached out to for advice and guidance throughout his high-school and collegiate career."

When the NCAA investigation concludes, Tressel's five-game suspension and $250,000 fine could be upheld or increased.  A big-name program like Ohio State would prefer that the investigation move quickly, so that the media attention can focus on football rather than independent investigation.  Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the NCAA has a tendency to take their time with these matters.  

Stay tuned to for more on the Ohio State NCAA Investigation


Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:43 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

You people are pathetic. You cant beat  the Buckeyes on the field so you resort to just slinging BS in hopes of being a distraction. Bring it on peons.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:03 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

When winning is everything at THE Ohio State University and the money winning brings in, the question is not "should Tressel go", but does THE Ohio State University' President have the guts to fire him.

We already know the AD is a wimp.  Maybe the NCAA should throw the Death Penalty at the coach.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 6:40 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

The man has no shame, he needs to go, period.

Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 6:08 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

If Tressel gets fired how many 2011 recruits will request a void of their contracts and head back to their #2 school?

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:11 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

It wasn't about the spelling errors , Sportnut 69 ... it was about calling someone else "stupid' , and then ingloriously leaving yourself wide open by doing something so minor as to incorrectly spell simple words. It is no concern of mine...

Oh yeah.... fire Sweatervest.

Since: Mar 27, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:55 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

you sound just like one of the OSU allumni, your more concerned with minor errors than the big picture. though mis-spelled the comments were correct in probative value.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:36 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Listen to Mr. Ninny Lion croacking about weak smack.  "[S]outhern-fried-idiot,""Ohio Suck University," "name the last Ohio Sucks Univeristy QB who went on to any measuer of success in the NFL" ???? Seriously, Queen of Smack  that's what you have?  If you are going to call out someone else at least bring some real smack.  Oh, and 'bout them quarterbacks, in the NFL, OSU's list is short no doubt, but it is equal to PSUs.  Unless PSU's standards are so low that you claim Kerry -perennial head-case and permanent back-up - Collins a success.  Considering you weak excuse for the hoops' team though, your standards are pretty weak -- like your own smack.  But I do love the 2nd grade -- we don't win cause we don't care attitude.  Duh? Why play decent hoops when we've got fencing and men's vollyball. 


Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:26 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Plain and simple.....Tressel knew about it.....Tressel did nothing POSITIVE about it.....OSU gets a black eye......CAN TRESSEL and MOVE ON.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:24 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

100% agree lamroosh...anyone who follows PSU football knows exactly how this would have been handled by JoePa...he would have heard about it...called the players in question into his the facts...and promptly dismissed ALL of them from the football team...then he would have held a news conference and explained that the players had been dismissed for violating team would not matter if they were star players or bench warmers...if every coach were like JoePa many a writer would be looking for another line of work because they can't find a story...JoePa is THE model of how every coach in ALL sports should lead their teams.

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