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Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:33 am
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith did an interview with the AP this week about the only thing anybody would really want to talk to Gene Smith about these days: the NCAA investigation of Jim Tressel. Smith happily obliged, and while he didn't give a lot of new information, he did put some new information out there. Like the fact that the $250,000 the school fined Tressel isn't even going to cover the investigation currently being held into Tressel.

"It'll probably eat up the whole $250 (thousand)," Smith told the AP. "I'm not sure. We haven't done any projections."

Smith said that if that's indeed the case, the school will likely dip into the money it got from Ohio State's Sugar Bowl victory to foot the rest of the bill. Which is somewhat fitting since that's the game where this whole controversy involving five Ohio State players, including Terrelle Pryor, really took off. The players had all been suspended by the NCAA for selling their gold pants and other items, along with getting some free tattoos, yet were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway.

Of course, since then, things have only gotten worse for Ohio State, as we found out that Tressel sat the information for months, as he found out about his players' deeds in April 2010. 

As for the disasterous press conference Ohio State held regarding Tressel after Yahoo! broke the story, the one in which school president Gordon Gee said he hoped Tressel "doesn't dismiss me," Smith said he wished things could have gone better. He also said he would have done a number of things differently, which anyone who saw the press conference can tell you, is not surprising. 

Smith also said that the cost of the current investigation is not the only thing he isn't sure of just yet as well. As far as when the investigation will be completed, Smith doesn't know when it will be resolved. "It's just hanging."

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Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

In the court of public opinion, anything goes.  That is also a liberty we should not casually cast aside.  It is called freedom of speech.  I will leave your biased political comment alone.
I really hope you never have cause to regret that statement.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Sounds like the school is getting the groundwork laid to announce an end to the investigation and awarding the coach a contract extension.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Why is he not fired yet? Why is this an issue? Does Ohio State need Jim Tressel or does Jim Tressel need Ohio State?

OSU and Tressel want each other.  There are a number of reasons why Tressel has not been fired.  First and foremost is the amount of good Tressel has done for OSU and the community, both on and off the field, still far outweighs the negatives stemming from this issue.


As the funds continue to flow out of the school and the money designated for the students disappear, Gene Smith is proving he has no balls to fire Jim or the the inept governing body is affraid of losing a couple of football games; maybe?

These are incongruous thoughts.  What funds are flowing out of the school?  OSU football is and will continue to be a huge revenue source.  So not only is your allegation faulty, it has nothing to do with Gene Smith (or Gordon Gee) being unwilling to fire Tressel.  My first comment sxplains why.  Personally, I suspect there is another major reason...I believe Tressel is taking all of the heat to protect Smith.  Tressel has always been an up-front, straight shooting guy, so I suspect he reported the issue to his superiors.  So if he is falling on his sword to protect people, the last thing they would do is fire him.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

The fact ia that none of the players should have been in the bowl game.

As a Buckeye, I agree.  The players should have been suspended for the Sugar Bowl.


They should have been sat immediately. the only reason they playes was the money.

Yes, the NCAA did cave to pressure from ESPN, the Sugar Bowl executives, OSU and the Big Ten to let them play.  Money was at the root of it, as ESPN and the Sugar Bowl wanted the TV ratings.  OSU wanted it more for PR reasons.  A lot of OSU fans had already plunked down the cash for tickets and travel packages, and OSU did not want them feeling short changed.


yeah this sit the first 5 games this year ohhhh no  how much money did they make off the bowl game???  vs 5 games this season.

Actually, OSU would have made about the same amount of money whether the Tat-5 played in the Sugar Bowl or not.  Ticket sales and the bowl payout would have been exactly the same either way.  The only variable would have been merchandise sales, but any differences there would have been insignificant.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:20 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Why is he not fired yet? Why is this an issue? Does Ohio State need Jim Tressel or does Jim Tressel need Ohio State? As the funds continue to flow out of the school and the money designated for the students disappear, Gene Smith is proving he has no balls to fire Jim or the the inept governing body is affraid of losing a couple of football games; maybe?

Don't be afraid Buckeye nation. Michigan is in disarray, and Penn State is well, rebuilding again. Tressel needs to go. The school needs to move on.





Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:56 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Trust me he is finished when there threw... I understand the school has no scharship money for recruiting the 2012 season.




Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:51 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

The fact ia that none of the players should have been in the bowl game. They should have been sat immediately. the only reason they playes was the money. yeah this sit the first 5 games this year ohhhh no  how much money did they make off the bowl game???  vs 5 games this season.  For him to know for the months this is the guy who leads the team? yeah right this is the guy who is suppose to be setting the example for thes young men. the ncaa needs to set an example of him



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:35 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

NCAA wants a 500,000 dollar fine imposed on Ohio State for investigation on Jim Tressel as will as Ohio State..This is going to get uglier and uglier!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:09 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

I think Gordon Gee's words speak for themselves.  He is either unwilling or unable to stop the Tressel gravy train and corruption even when the details become very public.

Give me a break, irish-86.  The man made an ill-fated attempt at a joke.  He has a long history of making similarly dumb comments about sports (which I believe are clearly outside of his wheelhouse).  Like when OSU played a heavily favored Michigan team to a tie and he called it "one of the greatest victories, ever".  When a guy is jesting, there is no sense taking his words literally.  You are reading way more into his comment than it deserves.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:54 am
 

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Innocent until proven guilty is only valid in a court of law.  In the court of public opinion, anything goes. 

Try to keep in mind that this case is being tried in neither the court of law nor the court of public opinion.  This is strictly up to the NCAA.  Thank goodness for that, as there is no way OSU gets a fair shake from the media which so heavily influences public opinion.


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