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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: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:21 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

They are held to a higher level because they were placed there as caretakers of a multi-million dollar program, and coach-leaders of your children.  Your post tells me that the Ohio jails are probably full of your offspring. 

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:21 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

terrible post santaclara, the church and public officials have nothing to do with this. I cant stand when people bring religion and politics into a sports discussion - save that crap for your msnbc site!

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:22 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

*Rough week for O$U. The top-seeded hoops team gets sent packin' in the BIG DANCE and now Tressel is on his way out. I'm guessing Jon Gruden as his replacement. Ohio native who dislikes tats. Perfect choice.........

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:54 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Damn - at the end of the day - who cares.  I still fail to see what he did that was so wrong.  The NCAA is the biggest group of hypocrites since the Catholic church.  In the grand scheme of things, does this really matter ?  Does it really matter if Bruce Pearl had potential recruits at his house for dinner because they were juniors instead of seniors ?  Nauseating.  Politicians, judges, lawyers, businessmen and clergymen lie to the public every day.  Yet football and basketball coaches are held to a much higher standard.  Unreal.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:52 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

You need to check your facts on the violations while Kiffin was at Tennessee.  They were all minor violations, and in aggregate totaled a fraction of the bundle of minor violations that several schools have had their hands slapped for.  Kiffin may be a bit of a jerk, but his violations have hardly been worthy of a bowl ban or lost scholarships, much less the death penalty.  As for the school being out of control, there is clear evidence that the school briefed Kiffin on the rules about the minor violations shortly before they were committed.  The only "serious" minor violation was committed by an intern, not a full member of the staff.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:37 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

The University of Tennesse finally fired Coach Pearl and what ever was the name of their football coach left after making several serious NCAA violations.  The death penalty is DUE for the Vols, there is NO control over what goes on at the school.  Coach Tressel did the wrong thing by FORWARDING the emails to the "mentor" and should resign or be fired, but the VOLS should receive the death penalty.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:34 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

The hatred posts continue on... Day 20+.  How many articles, how many posts.   Just wow.   Public opinion has ruled.    Tressel must go.   If that happens, can we go back to a real site with real articles and a real board posting opinions, insights, information, and (dare I say) real trash talk.  Or is this site forever, destory the school, the coach, the player from the articles.  And why do we want to post on this board with people that just spew hate and no real arguements, or trash talk, or analysis.    This board sucks.  And it is not just because of OSU.   I see it with all negative articles.   

Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:33 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

OSU should look no further than Knoxville! Fire the man and you can keep the "The"!  He too lied about what was taking place under his nose.   He lied and there was a cover-up.  PERIOD!  Bye-bye Jim! 

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:33 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Repeat after me:  It's the coverup.

Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:19 am

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Hey Sparky; the NCAA hasn't said anything YET. all of this drama in still of the school level. Wait and see the hammer fall before blaming the NCAA.

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