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Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:33 am

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."


Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:50 am

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Funny you should say that Buckeyein FL.  I had made a post on the Michael Floyd article that was critical of ND on many issues.  The real question on letting him stay in school and participate after those alcohol related issues is whether a regular member of the student body would be treated the same and I certainly have my doubts.  That decision is in the hands of the administration and office of student life and not influenced by the athletic department.  Maybe it could be argued that Coach Kelly should suspend or punish him anyway and time will tell if that happens.  I can tell you though that any of the coaches back through the years do not have the final say on admissions, discipline etc. no matter who they are.  And when ND was about to play the biggest game of the year against USC in 1988 (#1 vs 2 matchup), Lou Holtz suspended 2 star running backs due to some team rule issue.  Say what you want about hypocrite, blah, blah, but 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.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:12 am

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

really irish? So letting someone back on the team over and over after alcohol related incidents has so much more integrity involved in it?
"lack of institutional control"
I guess if your irish you can get away with being a big hypocrite.

Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:54 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

It's all about the money...Any coach with a shred of integrity would have suspended the 5 players for the Sugar Bowl rather than 5 games they would likely win without any of the coaching staff on the sidelines.  OSU president Gee saying that he hopes Tressel doesn't relieve him???  None of them are willing to stand up for integrity and risk jeopardizing the gravy train run by Tressel.  Maybe he will be allowed to auction off game worn sweater vests to pay the legal costs of the investigation.  Maybe since many institutions like OSU just can't resist the temptation to abandon principles of integrity for money, the NCAA needs to make it so painful in sanctions that it becomes intolerable.  Gee's own words couldn't say "lack of institutional control" any more clearly.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 9:12 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

They could always have a garage sale to pay for it...oh wait, that's what got them in trouble in the first place. At least it would give Dodd and Doyel something to cover because they are having severe withdrawl from making stupid remarks about Big 10 teams.  They can only spend so much time hiding in the closet while one SEC team gets investigated after another.  Maybe Tressel could send an email...that could be exciting.  Clearly its a slow news day so I guess we can all pitch in and make suggestions to CBS (other than fire Dodd & Doyel because they must have ignored that one).

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:20 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

(yawning) Slow news day?  I think so!

Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:51 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

I think watching the Buckeyes go up in flames is facinating...more, more! LOL! Tongue out

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:31 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Im really at a loss as to what the whole point of this story is...move on already people nothing to see here

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:18 pm

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.  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.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:11 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

tOSU is filthy rich and so is tressel. NCAA could hit the school with a million dollar fine and it would be equal to about  1 GAME of ticket sales.  Hang it up haters.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:16 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

While 80Spartan makes some valid points and his projections may indeed play out (e.g., UConn) and also the evidence against Tressel seems quite damning, we are not the judge or jury and trial by media is unacceptable.

In this country, we presume innocence until guilt is proven and the accused is afforded full due process of the law.

This is not a liberty we should casually cast aside.

We've lost enough to DHS already.

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