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Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Oregon State president Ed Ray is in something of a unique position when it comes to the Jim Tressel brouhaha at Ohio State. As a former vice president and provost in Columbus, Ray was one of the Buckeye officials who hired Tressel away from Youngstown State and knows Tressel personally. But as the current president of the NCAA's Executive Committee (the committee which oversees changes to NCAA's byzantine rulebook and bylaws), he's also heavily invested in seeing the NCAA's standards and rules upheld.

So it carries more than the usual weight when Ray opens both barrels on Tressel in an interview today with the Oregonian:
"I just thought the world of him ... " Ray said. "I would assume he's certainly been a very positive influence on many of the players that he had. But this whole episode to me is beyond the pale. It's totally unacceptable ..."

The NCAA has not yet ruled on Tressel's transgression, and Ray emphasized that he was speaking for himself only. But on how NCAA enforcement officials might view Tressel's case, Ray said, "If I were in their position, I'd be a hanging judge."

He continued: "I think there are lines you don't cross in your own life.... I'm not a big mercy guy. I'm not a big understander of extenuating circumstances. We all sort of engage in thinking about situational ethics. But I'm kinda old-school. And I think you're either ethical or you're not ethical."
As Ray himself points out, his opinion is not necessarily an opinion shared by the NCAA colleagues who will ultimately decide Tressel's punishment fate. And Ray's personal disappointment with a man he clearly respected a great deal is also likely coloring his remarks.

With that said, Ray also remains representative of the type of academically-focused officials who populate the NCAA and will be on the committee reviewing the Tressel case. If his response to Tressel's transgressions are even remotely similar to those shared across the NCAA, that five-game suspension could be the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Comments

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

tressel should be fired by ohio state, ncaa should not have to make that call. what he did underminds everything about being in college athletics, honesty and teaching value's. that oregon state dude, better watch what you say, no doubt people are trying to find dirt on him now. and what the he double toothpicks (thats a clean version of hell) does "beyond the pale" mean. never heard that before. tressel should resign and stay out of football for this year.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

What is this knucklehead writer from the Oregonian newspaper think he is doing!!  Doesn't he know that only Dodd and Doyel can write about this, and the only reason they do it is because they hate tOSU and the Big Ten.  I guess the Oregonian did not get the memo. 



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

Spank the Outlaw State University and spank them hard!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

 "And I think you're either ethical or you're not ethical"

I'm assuming Ed Ray must be Jesus Christ with a statement like that.  I'm sure he's never done anything that he later regretted.  What a moronic, pompous statement.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

An undivided south says, 'let him hang.'



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

Dez Bryant went to dinner with Deion Sanders, so that could of been seen as accepting gifts. Tressel failing to report those emails to the NCAA is comparing apple an oranges. Now if you had said the Buckeye 5 need to been suspended for a year, that would hold more water than saying Tressel should be.

 

An another note, we're pretty far away from the '01-'02 season




Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

Just see what happened to Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.
Personally, I don't think Tressel will be employed at Ohio State after all is said and done.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

Good for Ed Ray!



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Oregon St. president: Tressel 'beyond the pale'

A couple years ago, Dez Bryant lost a YEAR of eligiblity for lying to the NCAA. That's precedence. Tressel, as head coach, together with his insitution lied to the NCAA. Tressel should be banned for a year from the football program. Period. This needs to happen before the start of the 01-02 season. Get your ass in gear, NCAA.


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