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Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 4:49 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

For the Ohio State Buckeyes, their freshmen were causing a stir at the team's first news conference of the season sporting some snazzy black and red "JT" wristbands -- ostensibly in support of ousted head coach Jim Tressel, unless they too want to know why Justin Timberlake hasn't been making music recently. Probably more the Tressel thing though.

At any rate, the school (predictably) found out about the wristbands, and within a flash, said wristbands were no more:

Ohio State issued a recall on “JT” wristbands Wednesday night, hours after several freshmen football players wore them to a news conference as a show of support for former coach Jim Tressel.

“They were pulled back out of concern, just being cautious,” team spokesman Jerry Emig said yesterday, adding that their use had not been run past the compliance department before their distribution.  

In other words, the athletic department wasn't concerned with the appearance of its football players supporting a recently fired coach who had probably just committed the worst NCAA violations in program history -- it was just concerned with potential compliance issues in case someone interpreted the players' actions as promoting the wristbands. Fine set of priorities the NCAA has fostered these days, isn't it?

Also, as Graham Watson correctly notes over at Y!, nobody showed up wearing a TP bracelet, nor has anyone apparently gone through the trouble of making one. Surely there must be a reason why Tressel's getting the "tragic hero" treatment while Terrelle Pryor's being left out in the cold once again, right?

[Photo via Fred Squillante, Columbus Dispatch] 


Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:35 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day're clearly sniffing someone's jockstrap to have so much INSIDE INFORMATION.
This "school", if you can even call it that, is the most corrup university since SMU.

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:30 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Ok..keep trying to make yourself and your school feel better by saying "everyone is doing it"
You are dead wrong...JT, who was a very good head coach overlooked way too much and that started in the recruiting process.
Maurice C and TP BOTH were truoble for that school!
Maurice had been kicked out of every high school in Ohio and Pryor suddenly became best friends with the only man in Jeannette, Pa who had 2 dimes to rub together. JT was willing to overlook ANYTHING in order to win. The funny part is that both of those guys, who brought so much shame to the University, ended up being average to abover average players at best.
So you "excuse" is flawed..not every head coach tries to cover up the corruption by lying about what he knew and when he knew it.
I'm so sick of everyone in Columbus saying what a great man JT is.
Good X's and O's head coach, yes. Great man...No Way, great men have integrity.
Stop making excuses, stop whining and pretending it really wasn't that bad.
Face it, this is the worst scandal since SMU..your guys made USC look like a shining institution of higher learning!

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:22 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

For all of you "freedom of speech" whiners..
The players and the coaches serve at the pleasure of the university...freedom of speech gets checked at the door.
Frankly, its about time that this disgraced school took an interest in what the disgraced players are doing off of the field.
Nobody from the disgraced school is holding a gun to the disgraced players heads and making them be there (having said that, keep in mind it is a school in columbus, maybe Maurice and TP snuck back on campus to rob a tattoo parlor or liquor store..therefore they could be holding a gun to someone's head)
Can you blame the corrupt university for wanting to to distance itself from the most corrupt head coach in the history of the NCAA?
This guy has been investigated by the NCAA at both Ohio "schools" where he was the head coach.
Now we know why Legendary, and non-disgraced Penn State Head Coach Joe PAterno (hallowed be thy name) refused to bring JT aboard as a Graduate Assistant in Happy Valley. Joe smeeled the rat heading east on I-80 coming towards PSU and said "no way".

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:08 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:02 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Really OSU?  Are you that facist now that you have to 'recall' aka BAN freedom of speech!?  Colleges have turned into Naziesque corporate fascist breeding grounds...all over the guy they're scapegoating who made them BILLIONS of dollars.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:51 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Well, guess they won't be able to sell those.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 6:52 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day


First... The NCAA could go into any school in the country & find any number of violations. The fact they don't is purely related to the BCS & college big money, plain & simple. Corruption at it's finest!

Why is it every school after having successful seasons gets thrown under the bus, LSU, USC, Michigan (ok they haven't been as successful) but a good example of how any school can be found with violations.

Sad thing is gone are the days of Bo & Woody because in steps the NCAA (the arm of corruption) to wipeout a successful coach. If your a coach win the big one & run because your next on the list.

The new coach... He knows as well as everyone else he's riding out the sanction time given by the NCAA then Urban Meyer takes over.

Ohio State fans are just extremely arrogant. I would root for them but the fan base is worse than the Yankees or Eagles. Complete arrogance to say their team is so good when year after year they play such a weak schedule. Yeah they have improved on that a bit, but if they are so good the schedule could be alot tougher. But in college one loss ends a season sometimes & that too is wrong.

People who say college is so much better than the pros crack me up. Both are all about the money. They are both equally to blame.
I have come to the conclusion NFL management is only concerned with doing enough to fill the seats every weekend (unless you live in Cincinnatti, thay don't care at all!). As long as they fill the seats they don't care if they win or not. Every year giving the impression that they have done something to improve their team, but even a novice can find weaknesses they missed explaining why they did not improve. Look at Miami they need a QB but are unwilling to get one. If fans had any brains they would go to a Dolphin game this season.

Prime example is Carolina. They had a very good coach in John Fox & did absolutely nothing for him. He had no QB, 2 good RB's & 1 WR no TE's & a questionable o-line. Now he's gone & they go out & get what they need. Why? Attendance was down. So they go out & get the missing pieces, not carring if they are going to work but attendance should be up. Blame it on Fox not managment & life goes on.

College you get in the top 4 come end of the season you better have your nose clean. Win the BCS get big money then in steps the NCAA to take it all away. So what's the point really? Any one else see the vicious circle here?

Is it really Tressel's fault? He can't be there holding Pryor's hand while he get's his tattoo while 4 other players on on the other side of town committing violations can he? The whole thing is a bunch of crap really! And like I said it goes on at every school, bottom line.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:57 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

The Ohio State University has just filed with the NCAA stating that the violations with their football program were the sole responsiblity of Jim Tresssel.  The NCAA concurred with this, which is why they did not receive FTM or LOIC violations.  So to answer a few questions from what appear to be 10 year-olds with absolutely no knowledge of why this is significant to a university that has yet to be charged by the NCAA.  Ohio State cannot, under any circumstance, appear to support ANY activity that supports Jim Tressel because then it would appear that they too support the coach they are blaming this on.  This article claims that this is the worst violation that any coach at Ohio State has ever done.  Please think about what Jim Tressel actually did and compare that to what coaches who actually gain competitive advantages have done, and then compare that to Woody Hayes punching the kid from Clemson.  The IDIOT that posted this article has clearly done NO RESEARCH for his article.  And to the MORON that posted why would freshman support a coach that is no longer there.  Ohh, I don't know...maybe because Jim Tressel is the one who came into their homes and spoke to their mothers and fathers and is the reason why they decided to attend OSU for the next four years.  For all the people that think OSU violations are so bad, just wait to see what the NCAA comes down with, but you are also the same sheep that believe that OSU players got unfair deals on cars and the TP was the ring leader in that.  TP's car had 80,000 miles on it when he bought it and Nissan stopped making the model in 2008.  Thaddius Gibson paid $13,000 for his car and was still making payments on it when ESPN reported he got it for free and ZERO football players received special treatment for cars as reported by the independant study conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Moter Vehicles.  ESPN lost billions on the Big Ten Network, which paved the way for the rest of the power conferences to start their own networks, and they are clearly pissed.  Journalists used to have integrity and needed at least TWO CREDIBLE sources for any statement.  Then again they also used to research material they wrote about.  This article sounds like it was written by a two year-old that was placed in "time-out" by his mommy.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:30 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Support for the old coach? What about support for the current coach?

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:30 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Support for the old coach? What about support for the current coach?

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