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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] 

Comments

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?



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:29 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

I'm thinking there are few odd things here.

1) The writer thinks that OSU suddenly cares what the compliance office thinks.. classic.  I think OSU was a lot more worried about the next couple of points.
 
2) While I understand they want to support the guy cuz they believe he got a raw deal, this would be the best time to rally around the NEW coach.  

3) The clear lack of leadership the new head coach gives.. the FRESHMEN are the ones doing this... not the seniors... the program is going to be in dire straights for some time if they keep bringing in players who want the old coach and not the new one.

OSU higher ups see the big picture, even if the frosh cannot.  Rallying around the martyr isn't going to do anything for Luke, it is Luke right?  I doubt the Frosh even know coach's name?  



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:22 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Showing support for the old coach? What about showing support for the current coach. Fickell should have them run wind sprints until the freshman realize that Tressel is no longer around.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 3:14 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Dark Matter - what if you're a fan of a program that HASN'T won a championship because of all these violations?  50 wrongs don't make a right buddy.  You're right those facts don't justify it so why even bring it up?  It's not pertinent.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:00 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Hey, guy with the big opinion, there are only two colleges in the history of college football to win a national championship and NEVER have any major rules violations. Those colleges are BYU and Penn State. Unlees your a fan of one of these institutions, Shut up please. Since 1990 the SEC leads the NCAA in rules violations. These FACTS do not justify a coach's cover up of his players transgressions, it simply makes THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY one of the gang! Uniformed judgmental people like youself make me wanna puke!


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:56 am
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Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:50 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

Richy Rich,

Knowingly playing ineligible players in not cheating.  You really believe that?  Really?  Get a clue.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 1:48 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

richyriches, you are a fucking idiot.  "Missteps"???  Really?  You stupid dumbass.  People like you are why everyone else in the world is loving watching OSU step on their own short dicks at every turn.  You fucking imbecile.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:47 am
 

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

 Sorry, but how was he "cheating" again? Gimme a break, he overlooked a few missteps by his players, that's hardly cheating. Let's not be overl dramatic here because you want to bag on OSU


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