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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:26 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Do a little research on Tressel's life and career...the man is all about doing the right thing,

Figures a guy with the name "patfan" would be defending a cheater.
So I did some research and found out that he had some illicit goings - on with a player named Ray Isaac and some local business man resulting in illegal cash, cars and other benefits that were covered up after an "impartial" internal investigation.

Yeah right the sweater nerd is ALLLLL about doing the right thing....gimme a break. 

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:38 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

 what frickin' planet do you live on? I have absolutely no horse in this race but the facts demonstrate a "willful intent" to cover this whole thing up and there's is no getting around that fact. Further... to suggest this is anything other than BLANTANT CHEATING is at best absurd. Jim Tressell flat out lied his butt off to the entire nation and then just for grins continued the preposterous cover-up! If OSU has even an ounce of integrity and actually believes and adheres' to their previously stated position... Tressell has to go. 

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:23 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Got to love the Buckeye haters coming out of their choir boy chairs to point their innocent fingers....Dodds is a true buckeye of the most bias reporters out there...keep it up azzhole!

Do a little research on Tressel's life and career...the man is all about doing the right thing, and take the source of the email...this wasn't something that was iron clad it was a rumor of what a source thought could be an issue....

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:20 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

NEWSFLASH... Ohio State coach Jim Tressel resigns and a news conference has been scheduled for Monday to announce that Nick Saban has accepted the job at Ohio State.  Nick returns to be closer to his roots.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:16 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

You got to be kidding, right?  The kids sold THEIR stuff, coach got informed while the investigation underway.  Coach Tressel should be fired or resign because of ONE thing and ONE thing only... He sent emails to the "mentor"  When BYU comes to the "Motor City Bowl" I am going to buy tickets!

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:16 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Na - na - na - na.. Na - na - na - na.. Hey - hey - hey.. Goooodbye!

This new information will result in either A) A postseason ban for OSU, B) Tressel's "resignation" (firing) or C) Both.  This just makes things even worse than they already were.  Can't say I feel bad after all the snide remarks from Buckeye fans during the Rich Rodriguez stuff..

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:49 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Packerfan9 please brush up on your writing skills before remarking.
What ,you know what went on? Doubt it! Something wrong went down for sure, but I think I will take a wait and see approach. Knew is not spelled new, that was a free tip Packer.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:06 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Really. he clearly was trying to cover up what they did. So they would be able to play in 2010 and go for national title. he new if he reported this to NCAA and school when he first new they suspend the players. Now how can the school or anyone trust someone so willing to cover up violations? He lied as well when it came out right before bowl game. If NCAA and school knew he had know about this before the season players would not have played in the sugar bowl. How clear are his actions all about self interest and hiding the violations. Villations are one thing but NCAA and school cannot tolerate coaches willing to lie and cover them up so players don't get suspended. Other coaches have been fired for coverups or lying so he should be to. Its sad how he shows players lying is okay if helps your self interest. if break rules cover it up is what he is showing players. Make an example and show them its not okay and fire him. As long as he stays coach the program can never be trusted again.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:46 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

What is the big deal?  It seems to me that Tressel was probably forwarding the emails to Sarniak because he knew the guy might have some influence in Pryor's life.  Tressel was probably hopinig that Sarniak would talk to Pryor as well and let him know that he was breaking the rules.  This tool writer is acting like forwarded emails are the smoking gun.  What a joke.  Tressel was trying to protect the kids in his program and did not have the slightest idea of the magnitude of the violation.  To me I don't see the big deal.  Tressel has apologized, received his suspension, and I guarantee he won't make that mistake again.

Besides, the NCAA should let the athlete's sell their memorabilia.  If Pryor wants to sell his own property, why should the NCAA step in and prevent him from doing it.  Oh yeah, because the NCAA is making millions from selling Pryor memorabilia and they don't want anyone cutting into their bottom line.

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:13 pm

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Looks like they are trying to make Pryor the Scapegoat. Do you really believe this 67 year old man is Pryor's mentor? I don't think so, College Football is BIG MONEY, so they have people that protect their interest, so they need to STOP making Pryor the Scapegoat as a KID when this relationship was supposed to have started.

We always blames the Kids that are being used by the system. OSU got millions, and the players got hundreds for things they actually owned. WOW!!!!!!!!

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