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Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:12 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Contrary to previous e-mail releases that suggested their contact had been minimal and over the Internet, records obtained by the Columbus Dispatch and reported this morning show Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor's Pennsylvania mentors were in regular phone contact.

How regular?
After Tressel received an April 2, 2010, email from a former player warning him of potential NCAA violations, the coach exchanged 77 calls and text messages with and spent a total of 4 1/2 hours talking on the phone with Ted Sarniak, the hometown mentor of quarterback Terrelle Pryor in Jeannette, Pa. ...

Tressel also sent 91 text messages to Roy Hall, the current Jeannette football coach and another of Pryor's mentors. Hall previously told The Dispatch that he was not aware of the investigation and had not talked with Tressel about it.
As part of its investigation, the NCAA is reviewing the nature of Tressel's relationship with Sarniak, who the university claims does not qualify as an Ohio State booster. But in any case, the regular contact between Tressel and Sarniak and Hall will not look good contrasted with the lack of contact between the former Buckeye coach and the OSU compliance department.

Tressel also exchanged 31 text messages last Christmas Eve with Christopher Cicero, the Columbus lawyer whose original e-mail to Tressel was the coach's first notification that Buckeye players were receiving tattoo discounts and exchanging Buckeye memorabilia.

The school also released a number of phone records -- including to CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer -- from athletic director Gene Smith, though they show no contact between Smith and Pryor's mentors or Cicero. Fischer reports there is one interesting nugget from the Smith records, however: once the story broke and Smith knew his dpeartment to be facing an NCAA investigation, he put in a call to North Carolina athletic Dick Baddour, whose school will receive its "notice of allegations from the NCAA" as soon as this week.

But as for Tressel, he faces the NCAA in a hearing Aug. 12. Today's revelations won't be the most damning evidence against him--but they won't do a thing to help him avoid NCAA sanctions, either.

Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

Things are not looking good for The Ohio State University.  Tressel should have bought a pre-paid phone (with a text messaging plan).


My biggest problem w/ whatever penalty that is handed to tOSU is that none of the people that caused the damage will be effected by the punishment.    


Rough times are ahead in Columbus  



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

@jaybird--It's called Earth.  I have been here for years now.  What planet are you on?  As far as your post goes, of course they did everything humanly possible to save Tressel.  He was a winner and I gather he had them fooled; at least initially.  Gee's comment related to the press conference was one of the dumbest I have ever heard from an educated man.  He was trying to make light of a situation when he should have been taking things much more seriously.  As far as what the NCAA is going to do; none of us know.  You can come off like some sort of expert if that makes you feel better, but none of us really know.  I did not think USC would get near as hard as they did, but on the other hand, I did not think they would be so soft with the Auburn situation.  IF the NCAA feels that tOSU is cooperating with the investigation, I am sure the NCAA will take that into account.  If they feel the information is too overwhelming to cut them a break, then I would suspect that the sanctions will be at least as bad as USC.  Until they release something, everything is pure speculation.  Nothing wrong with speculating, but that does not make it fact.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

As I have said before, Tressel dd not step down over just the Tat-5 incident.  Between now and August there are going to be constant leaks about his wrong doing.  There is also going to be so many violations come up on Pryor it is going to make osu fans sick.  Pryor is a bad apple, ULTRA talented but dumber than a rock with bad guidance.  In a way I feel sorry for him because people were trying to cash in on him. 

Its kinda sad that the osu faithful were just so keen on beating an SEC team that Tressel gave up his career and legacy to do so, which they did win fair and square.  Only thing that win will end up costing is Tressel's legacy, job, Big 10 Titles, the vacate of the actual Sugar Bowl win, future recruits, 2011-? seasons, etc, etc, etc. 



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

I actually agree with LSUSMC here. Any evidence that comes to light showing that Tressel is the "most guilty" of the parties involved is good for OSU. As far as the sactions go, It's very hard for me to tell what will happen here. There's so much pre$$ conjecture out there right now it's almost impossible to figure out what is fact and what is fiction. I'm glad I'm not the NCAA guys who will have to sort through this mess.

That said, what are the context of these phone calls and text messages? At this point we don't know. They could all be hyperlinks to lolcats pics for all we know right now. The content of the calls and messages is important. So I'm curious about that.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

LSUSMC: What planet are you on?  Ohio State administrators did everything humanly possible to try to save Tressel until it became obvious over the Memorial Day weekend that he wasn't going to be able to survive the public release of numerous damaging allegations.

Why did Gordon Gee and Gene Smith try every trick in the book to keep Tressel around? It was because he was 106-22 overall and 9-1 against Michigan during his ten seasons in Columbus. Obviously, they wanted to do whatever it took to make sure the Buckeyes continued to win big and that meant taking any measure necessary to insure that the Sweater Vest remained as the head coach.

When Gee told a national television audience during that train wreck of a press conference in March that "I'm thankful that Tressel didn't fire me" when asked if he considered asking the Sweater Vest to resign, that statement made it clear to anybody with doubts that football was the tail that wagged the dog at Ohio State.

To make matters worse, these comments came from a guy who disbanded the athletic department at Vanderbilt a few years ago. As for Smith, he opened the press conference by declaring that "No matter what happens, Jim Tressel is our head football coach".

In summary, Ohio State is going to get the sledgehammer from the NCAA. If USC lost 30 scholarships over three years and had the 2004 national championship taken away from them by using one ineligible player, what do you think they will do to a program whose head coach  used five key players for an entire season that he KNEW were ineligible?

For starters, Ohio State's entire 2010 season will be vacated and their scholarships losses should be every bit as severe as USC's.
The scary part is that new allegations are popping up every day, which is not going to help matters when the school appears before the NCAA Committee on Infractions on August.

In summary, this is going to be a very ugly scenario for Ohio State football during the next three to four years.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

This is much more so on Tressel than it is Ohio State.  Most of the country has already come to the realization that Tressel was a fraud and a liar, much more concerned with his winning than the school or integrity.  Many OSU fans have not accepted this, but many others have.  My point is that I doubt this hurts the school when it comes to the NCAA.  If anything, it probably helps in that it again shows that only Tressel was involved in this mess.  It appears that the school realizes the trouble it faces and is trying to do everything it can at this point to show it is cooperating (USC's fatal mistake in not).  For all the trouble Ohio State is in, it was an internal investigation that led to the discovery of Tressel's coverup and lies, so that has to bode well for them. 

Good post and this could very well 'help' OSU when it comes to the NCAA.

OSU self-reporting the Tressel stuff might be the thing that keeps them from getting the worst punishment since SMU.

It's still going to be USC-like, though.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:39 am
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

Does this clown ever tell the truth?



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:31 am
 

Tressel, Pryor mentors in regular phone contact

This is much more so on Tressel than it is Ohio State.  Most of the country has already come to the realization that Tressel was a fraud and a liar, much more concerned with his winning than the school or integrity.  Many OSU fans have not accepted this, but many others have.  My point is that I doubt this hurts the school when it comes to the NCAA.  If anything, it probably helps in that it again shows that only Tressel was involved in this mess.  It appears that the school realizes the trouble it faces and is trying to do everything it can at this point to show it is cooperating (USC's fatal mistake in not).  For all the trouble Ohio State is in, it was an internal investigation that led to the discovery of Tressel's coverup and lies, so that has to bode well for them. 


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