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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: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:02 am

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

What idiots.  If I was an Ohio State fan, I would be embarrassed of this.  The team just doesn't get it.  To show support to a cheater only proves the mentality of the team.  If I was a recruit, I would de-commit and go to a program that isn't half retarded/half confused as to what cheating means.  These freshmen are definitely getting crap from the upper classmen for this stupid stunt.  I hope Ohio State gets destroyed this year; which cheaters usually do.  Hahaha idiot freshmen..

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:48 pm

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

It amazes me how the OSU culture just doesn't get it.  Why would a freshman football player wear a wristband with the initials of the coach that just got canned for cheating?  They just don't get it.  Its amazing.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:45 pm

Buckeyes ditch 'JT' wristbands after one day

the early story said the wrist bands were sold to players, not given by the university. therefore the ncaa has no say over what was bought by the players using thier own money.

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