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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: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:18 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Maybe if all you are is a Buckeye fan this doesnt concern you, but if you are a fan of Collegiate Athletics it should be a concern to everybody. This is just another example of the NCAA not being able to maintain control over its own members.  Or more and more it appears unwilling to do so. From Bruce Pearl to Cam Newton, From Reggie Bush and the Trojans, To Jim Calhoun, and the Huskies.  It is appalling that UCONN is NCAA Men's Basketball champs with an investiagtion hanging over their heads that may cause them to vacate the championship.  The UCONN investigation started prior to the season even beginning, why does it take the NCAA take so long to do an investigation?  Based on recent history I doubt the investigation into Tressel will be complete by the beginning of the 2011. It seems to me the lawyers have taken over the process and it ends up costing the schools, funds they could use to build up other programs.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:55 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

I have to agree with buckeyezane on this one... I'm a Michigan fan and I really am sick of hearing about tress and the school. Ok they Effed up all schools do, just get over it and wright about something new!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:40 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

No, BuckeyeZane, OSU continues to be our off season whipping boy.  The AD, President Gee and Coach Tressel open their mouths and as Britany Spears sang, "Whoops, [they] did it again!"

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:22 pm

Investigating Jim Tressel is expensive

Are you kiding me? you really think your readers care about this dumb story anymore?...what has been a week or a little more and CBS has to start banging on OSU,can't the writers find something a little more interesting and newer to write about,even OSU fans don't care about this old story so I'm sure that people that that could careless about OSU feel the same about this story.Stupid...just plain stupid !

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