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Delany: Ohio State interest is 'not positive'

Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:01 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 9:04 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany found himself in Seattle last August, standing beside Michigan as they faced the NCAA Committee on Infractions for violations under former head coach Rich Rodriguez. However, it is not hard to figure out that the pressure on the conference is much more substantial as Ohio State prepares for their meeting with the COI on Aug. 12 in Indianapolis. Delaney spoke to at the Big Ten spring meetings on Tuesday, only mentioning that the Ohio State scandal has generated "a lot of interest," and not the positive kind of interest.

“It’s a difficult set of facts and a difficult circumstance,” Delany said. “In due respect, I think the facts are known and we have a hearing date and we’ll go to a hearing and we’ll answer the questions and present the case and the NCAA will make a determination. And that’s the juncture at which time you’ll be able to absorb sort of exactly what it means in the short and the long term.

“Right now, to me, it’s just talking about something well in advance.”

That difficult set of facts and circumstances are ones that leave very little room for reasonable doubt when it comes to Jim Tressel's negligence in reporting potential violations. Tressel has been present at the Big Ten meetings, but has not spoken with the media since his arrival. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is also present at the meetings, but he too has steered clear of the media. Since the NCAA sent their notice of allegations in April, the future of Ohio State football has been murky, at best, for Tressel and Co. I think if you Buckeye fans for their opinion on the situation, their response will likely be very similar to Delany.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:15 pm

Delany: Ohio State interest is 'not positive'

Jim Delany's description of the Jim Tressel-Ohio State NCAA investigation as ``not positive'' is quite understandable. During December and January Delany stood up for Ohio State because he believed information from the school that Tressel and others on the staff did not know that five key members of the football team including Terrelle Pryor sold their school and bowl memorabilia until the news broke. Delany stood up for the school in the NCAA investigation that resulted in the five players being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl victory against Arkansas and suspended for the first five games in the 2011 season, only one of them a Big Ten game. Tressel was suspended for two games, since increased to five. 
  Subsequent information revealed that Tressel had been informed of the players' transgressions prior to the 2010 season and lied to the NCAA about not having knowledge of the players' infractions. Moreover, he basicallly did nothing about the serious information that had been given to him.
   So Tressel's actions, or non actions, have made Delany look bad for sticking up for his Big Ten football powerhouse. No wonder he is distancing himself from Ohio State's Tressel-gate.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:54 am

Delany: Ohio State interest is 'not positive'

"Not Positive".  An amazing statement from a commissioner who never seems to be at a loss for words.  Delany, who is responsible for the ridiculous division names, and the even more ridiculous schedules which sees teams not playing each other for up to 6 years, is known to shoot his mouth off about almost anything.  Now he decides to come out with the obvious, saying that it is a difficult circumstance.  You bet it is and Delany wants absolutely nothing to do with it.  He is abandoning Ohio State.  i wonder if he has an idea as to what is going to happen to Ohio State.

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