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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 CBSSports.com for more on the Ohio State NCAA Investigation

Comments

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

I don't know if they are criminals, but they broke NCAA rules. An athlete can't sell stuff they were given for free. Otherwise every school would give new recruits 50 jerseys and say "Sell them for what you can get".



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

I bet a buckeye I work with (3/1 odds) Tressel would not coach another game for tosu.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

And your allegations of who he told and what he said and what she said are based on what information?

FROM A BLOGGER?  FROM A WRITER ON CBS?  FROM A TV SHOW?

DONT THROW A GUILTY JUDGEMENT BASED ON NONESENSE MEDIA HATERED




THE TRUTH IS THAT TRESSEL CARES ABOUT HIS PLAYERS, and you my friend are a HATER!

Keep casting judgement based on an article that blows up the truth in black and white letters.

The reality is the story is a NON-STORY and NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED BY ANYONE

CASE DISMISSED!



Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Hey MrCincy:

I never said their criminals.  I just think the NCAA should take the appropriate action according to their bylaws. 

MikeD5405 has a very good summary (of what is known thus far).  I can't believe these actions don't justify NCAA action.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

I have no dog in the fight either, AFC44. But it seems to me that the Coach had an immediate obligation to report the violations to the compliance department. The mistakes had already been made. <br />The fact that he forwarded the emails to a "mentor" suggests that the players were in need of cash. <br />Sorry. These were lies of omission. And the implication is that the crimes go much deeper than first thought.




Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Please cease running this picture of Coach, at for 7/12ths of next season, Tressel.  It makes him look impotent, isolated, ignorant, inept, and guilty.  Oh...never mind.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

I have no dog in the fight either, AFC44. But it seems to me that the Coach had an immediate obligation to report the violations to the compliance department. The mistakes had already been made. 
The fact that he forwarded the emails to a "mentor" suggests that the players were in need of cash. 
Sorry. These were lies of omission. And the implication is that the crimes go much deeper than first thought.



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Can someone explain to me whey they're all a bunch of criminals?  Am I missing something?   I'm being serious.  Half the people on here are calling them criminals.  What am I missing?  My understanding is they sold jerseys and other items for free tattoos.  The coach kept quiet... I see this whole thing as dumb but where are all these criminal acts I keep hearing about.  If they committed a criminal act, please let me know.  If it wasn't criminal, then quit calling them criminals.... Its ridiculous



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage" style="border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 3px; background-color: #e8ecee; display: block; color: #333333; font-style: italic; border-color: #d8d8d8; border-style: solid; padding: 5px; margin: 10px;">Ohio State should forfeit all games in the 2010 season and forfeit the bowl game and any money from it.  These are all games that these athletes(??) should have been ineligible to play.  Plus Tressel should have also been suspended. at least for the bowl game and not five meaningless games in the next season.  If the NCAA really wants to make a point Tressel and the players should be suspended for 1/2 of the 2011 Big Ten season.  Anyone think that will happen? No, actually I dont think it would or could happen.

IF the criminals involved knew they were going to miss 1/2 the season, there is ZERO chance they return....

The fact that the NCAA decided to sit on this until after last season is criminal in itself. Future discipline does not warrent the crime that was committed LAST season. The NCAA already dropped the ball by looking the other way for the remainder of the 2010 season....but it also doesnt surprise me. OSU is a huge financial draw..........



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Report: Tressel sent emails to Pryor's mentor

Dude just face it....."THE" Ohio State University is a bunch of criminals. They finally were caught, and just like any other program needs to be punished. By the way, why do you guys refer to it as "THE" Ohio State University,

Criminals?  Lol... Dumb perhaps, but I find it funny when idiots like you want this to be such a bigger story than it is that you start referring to them as criminals, thugs and cheaters.  Selling jerseys that they own and the coach keeping quiet doesn't fall into any of those categories, except maybe being dumb...  And yes, we are THE Ohio State.. Deal with it A$$HoIE !!


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