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Ray Small changes his story - UPDATE

Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 7:26 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday former Ohio State wide receiver Ray Small caused quite a stir in the college football world when he told Ohio State's student newspaper The Lantern that "everybody" was selling memorabilia and getting deals on cars while at Ohio State. As you'd expect, this brought a lot of blowback for Small from both current and former Buckeyes along with Ohio State fans.

Well, surprise, surprise, Small is suddenly changing his tune. In an interview with WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Small says that The Lantern "flipped" his words.

"It's hard being an athlete," Small said. "That was basically what I was saying. (The Lantern author) just flipped my words around and make the whole Buckeye Nation hate me."

Small went on to say that The Lantern got the majority of the story wrong.

The Lantern denied Small's allegation, Aker reported.

"We, 100 percent, stand by our story," said Lantern Editor Zach Meisel. "Everything (Small) said was recorded."

Small was quoted in The Lantern article and said that some players "don't even think about NCAA rules."

How convenient for Small. It's somewhat hard to believe that the original story could "flip" the words that Small said. I mean, if all he was trying to say was that it is hard being an athlete then all Small had to say was "it's hard being an athlete." He didn't have to talk about how easy it was to sell memorabilia for some extra cash, or about how getting deals on cars isn't that big of a deal. He also didn't need to say that there was "a lot [of dirt] on everybody." I mean, these are incredibly abstract ways to say "being an athlete is hard" aren't they?

I don't think anybody flipped Small's words at all. I just think that Small didn't think about the type of reaction his words would receive and he now regrets saying anything and is just trying to dig himself out of a hole.

UPDATE: Did The Lantern really "flip" Small's words around? Well, the paper released audio of the interview. You decide. 


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:57 pm

Ray Small changes his story

Yes, I think they will be OK. I actually love how they are thumbing their noses at the media and other teams fans and not backing down on their stance. They are prepared to take whatever punishment comes at them, and stick by their man Tressel. O-H B!TCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:56 pm

Ray Small changes his story

Most Ohio State fans understand what is going on and they realize how much trouble the program is in.  Others are simply in denial and will disappear from this site once the NCAA actually penalilzes the Buckeyes for Tressel's transgressions.  I see no way that the NCAA can do less to tOSU than they did to USC as these infractions seem much worse than what USC did.  I still think USC got the hammer because their AD was a complete idiot that did not know when to shut his mouth, but the school kept him and let him keep talking, and look where it got them.  The tOSU situtaion is worse in that their current coach lied to the NCAA, and the NCAA does not like that.  While the Ohio State administration has not been near as cocky as USC, they have come off looking like boobs, and that will not impress the NCAA either.  Ohio State is in big trouble, and that is probably an understatement. 

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:31 pm

Ray Small changes his story

The NCAA alleges that:

Tressel was guilty of ethical misconduct when he knowingly provided false information to the NCAA in certifying that he knew of no potential violations by his players and failed to inform OSU officials.

Ohio State fielded ineligible players last season when starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor and others competed despite Tressel's knowledge of their misconduct. NCAA bylaws call for immediate suspensions.

The NCAA said that Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting will not face further punishment. They have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.

The NCAA letter details what those five current players and one former player did: Improperly sold Big Ten championship rings, "gold pants" charms from Michigan wins, game-worn equipment and other items to tattoo-parlor owner Ed Rife for $9,480.

Players, whose names were redacted by Ohio State citing a federal privacy law, also received 13 free or discounted tattoos. In addition, one player received a $2,420 discount toward the purchase of a used vehicle from Rife, as well as an $800 loan for vehicle repairs, the NCAA reported.

The allegation that Tressel lied to the NCAA is significant. Since 2006, the NCAA has sanctioned 28 schools for violating the ethics bylaw that Tressel did. Of the 13 head coaches involved, only one kept his job. The others either resigned or were fired by their schools.

So, you still think coach Tressel and the football program is in the clear?

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:04 pm

Ray Small changes his story

He, like so many people, may or may not realize or understand what he is saying.  There is no way to really know anymore.
...and yet, so many are willing to believe Small's original story as evidence of a "lack of institutional control" on the part of the university. Dennis Dodd was calling on Ray Small to be a real stand-up guy and report his firsthand knowledge to the NCAA. Now, it appears even Ray Small doesn't think he is a credible source of information.

On May 25th, a Columbus, Ohio television report revealed that the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles had nearly completed their investigation of the automobile dealership cited in a Columbus Dispatch story earlier this month, and had yet to find any special deals for Ohio State student athletes. Not many sports websites have picked up that story.
In any case, Ohio State has serious problems that it has to rectify sooner rather than later.
The serious problems of the notice of allegations will be rectified in the July 5th response by the university and at the August 12th hearing. The other serious problem Ohio State faces is the continuous onslaught of stories and op-ed pieces. No one has uncovered anything more since reported in March that in February, Ohio State had self-reported Coach Tressel's violation. Would Ohio State receive better press if they had simultaneously self-reported to the NCAA and held a press conference in February? It might have shattered the illusion that there was an institutional cover-up if they had self-reported to the press and scooped in the process. Of course, it would have also given the media an additional month to look for more stories.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:04 pm

Ray Small changes his story

And Jim Tressel has destroyed Michigan how many times?  Brady Hoke is a joke.  I hope Tressel gets fired.....then we can bring in Urban Meyer to hammer you guys even worse than we already do. 

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 2:52 pm

Ray Small changes his story

Wasn't this the fool that jumped on Ginn after the opening TD against Florida?  Hahahahahahahaha, he destroyed OSU twice!  Priceless!  So long Suckeyes!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 2:36 pm

Ray Small changes his story

Small's reaction is completely expected.  He is currently enrolled at tOSU and I am sure some brighter students explained things to him.  Of course he is going to recant his story, but if the Lantern says they have it on tape, I have to believe them.  It does not add up that they would have just flipped his words.  I expect Small to be done at OSU soon as he will no longer be very welcome there.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 2:25 pm

Ray Small changes his story

He, like so many people, may or may not realize or understand what he is saying.  There is no way to really know anymore.  However, given the fact that no one else has supported his story, I am thinking that he may have misunderstood what he was saying. I cannot be sure of it, however.  It is absurd how so many people take so many things that people say so literally.  In any case, Ohio State has serious problems that it has to rectify sooner rather than later.

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