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Don't expect changes at Ohio State anytime soon

Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 4:11 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It seems as though the NCAA troubles at Ohio State have taken more twists than the latest episode of General Hospital, with a new story seemingly popping up every day. The latest twist seems to come from former Buckeye Ray Small denying many of his comments to the Ohio State student newspaper, The Lantern, about multiple student-athletes selling memorabilia and receiving discounts on cars. Small's story is just another thing for some fans to shake their heads at in the nearly five months since violations involving the so-called 'Buckeye Five' were brought to light.

“There are no other NCAA violations around this case,” athletic director Gene Smith said in a Dec. 23, 2010 press conference. “We’re very fortunate we do not have a systemic problem in our program. This is isolated to these young men, isolated to this particular incident. There are no other violations that exist.”

As time has passed from that presser however, Smith has seen several other damaging stories about additional violations - head coach Jim Tressel lying to about his knowledge of the case being the biggest - since then. It's quite possible that even more could come out before the school's August 12th hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Several alumni, fans and media members have publicly called for the resignation of some of Ohio State's leadership - particularly Smith and Tressel - as a way to stave off possible sanctions. That, however, doesn't appear to be on the table in the near future based on documents obtained Friday by the Associated Press and

Although the school declined to turnover communications from Tressel to administrators involving quarterback Terrelle Pryor (citing privacy laws), they did release several documents that pointed to Smith's standing in the athletic department.

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"You are doing an excellent job leading the department of athletics and achieving national prominence. It is truly a privilege to work with you," University president E. Gordon Gee wrote in Smith's most recent performance review. "I want to strongly state - with great emphases - that I consider you a role model for leaders as to living the institutional values, incorporating the culture principles, and creating one of the highest performing organizations on campus.

"Over time we will reach the point where I recognize your University leadership role with a Vice President title."

Gee's comments, written in August of last year, seem to channel his thinking with Tressel and speak to both leaders' stature at the school despite being at the center of the controversy in Columbus.

“No, are you kidding me? I’m just hopeful that the coach doesn’t dismiss me,” Gee said during a March press conference.

While widely mocked about the comment, it appears it's very reflective of Gee's thinking about the Buckeyes head coach and the documents released today seem to reflect the same about Smith. Tressel's performance evaluation was done verbally and thus, was not able to be requested.

There's still plenty of time between today and the school having to explain themselves to the Committee on Infractions. It seems hard, however, to fathom that Gee will make a move against either Smith or Tressel in the meantime.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 9:51 am

Don't expect changes at Ohio State anytime soon

Apparently they'll be on TV with someone other than the sweater vest as the head coach...

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:54 am

Don't expect changes at Ohio State anytime soon

Buckeye fans can relax. The NCAA learned a long time ago, (when they gave SMU the death penalty), that knocking off a "big TV draw" hurts their own wallets. The NCAA is about as legit as the "lost souls" in Washington DC.  If the TV networks get more viewers and want Ohio State on TV then Ohio State will be on TV and you can "take that to the bank!"

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:01 am

Where is the Board of Regents on this?

It's about time they shovel off Gee along with Tressel and Smith.  These 3 clowns are a disgrace.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:05 pm

Don't expect changes at Ohio State anytime soon

My question to all these "In Tressel we trust" people is this: If it meant, hypothetically speaking, the suspension of the football program entirely for a year, to keep him as coach, would you make that deal? At SOME point, you may have to decide if your allegiance is to the coach or to the school/program? You must know that they are two different entities, not one. Tressel is not tOSU, and tOSU is not Tressel. 

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 8:06 pm

Don't expect changes at Ohio State anytime soon

Yet another blOSU "fan" who wants to kill the messenger. Herbstreit, much?

Oh, and the "IN TRESSEL WE TRUST" deificaaton thing proves that you have gone well beyond drinking the sound as if you ate it directly from the pack.

Gee would be proud.

Hoke is a Joke
Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:18 pm
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