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NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 6:11 pm
 



Posted by Adam Jacobi

Urban Meyer may have high hopes for his first season at Ohio State in 2012, but his team's first appearance in the postseason is going to have to wait until 2013 at the earliest. Ohio State has been given a one-year postseason ban, effective next year, by the NCAA. The NCAA also found Ohio State's offer of giving up five scholarships over three years inadequate, and will require that the Buckeyes give up a total of nine scholarships over that period instead.

The sanctions stem from a litany of NCAA violations committed by various Buckeyes and ousted head coach Jim Tressel. Terrelle Pryor was one of the worst offenders, repeatedly receiving impermissible benefits and allegedly participating in a system where he traded signed memorabilia for free tattoos, and DeVier Posey was suspended for a total of 10 games in 2011 for multiple instances of receiving impermissible benefits.

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith had said previously that he didn't anticipate a bowl ban for Ohio State, and Meyer told reporters after being hired that he had received "extremely positive feedback" about OSU's prospects before the NCAA.

Tressel was also given a five-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA. The "show-cause" label means that the NCAA considers Tressel a serious offender, and any NCAA school interested in employing Tressel must show why it does not deserve sanctions for doing so. The five-year sanction effectively ends Tressel's coaching career in the collegiate ranks.

Tressel's decision not to inform the NCAA of the violations once he learned of them played heavily into the decision to hit him with such a heavy penalty.

"Of great concern to the committee was the fact that the former head coach became aware of these violations and decided not to report the violations to institutional officials, the Big Ten Conference or the NCAA," the NCAA said in its report.

Tressel is now a game-day consultant for the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL.

Smith said in a statement that Ohio State would not contest the NCAA's ruling.

“We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA’s decision,” said Smith. “However, we have decided not to appeal the decision because we need to move forward as an institution. We recognize that this is a challenging time in intercollegiate athletics. Institutions of higher education must move to higher ground, and Ohio State embraces its leadership responsibilities and affirms its long-standing commitment to excellence in education and integrity in all it does.

“My primary concern, as always, is for our students, and this decision punishes future students for the actions of others in the past,” said Smith. “Knowing our student-athletes, however, I have no doubt in their capacity to turn this into something positive – for themselves and for the institution. I am grateful to our entire Buckeye community for their continued support.”

Urban Meyer also released a statement that was even more forward-looking than Smith's.

“I agreed to become the Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University because Shelley and I are Ohio natives, I am a graduate of this wonderful institution and served in this program under a great coach. I understand the academic and athletic traditions here and will give great effort to continue those traditions.

“It is still my goal to hire excellent coaches, recruit great student-athletes who want to be a part of this program and to win on and off the field. The NCAA penalties will serve as a reminder that the college experience does not include the behavior that led to these penalties. I expect all of us to work hard to teach and develop young student-athletes to grow responsibly and to become productive citizens in their communities upon graduation.” 

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:24 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

You and many others jump right to the executive pay and bypass the education attained and salary earned through time.  Executive pay is what it is.  If you want to be paid that...then put your education to work and give it time.  Work your way up the proverbial ladder so that your child could benefit from riding your coat tail.
You DO realize that in order for a capitalist society to work, there has to be a caste system, right?  Everybody can't make CEO money.  Everybody can't be a CEO.  At the same time, everybody can't be unemployed.  But in a capitalist society, SOMEBODY has to be unemployed.  Capitalism fails if everybody has a job.  But that doesn't mean that capitalism thrives if there's such a huge difference in pay scales.  On the contrary, it doesn't.  It creates problems like we have had over the last decade.

Does the average worker deserve to be paid at the executive rate? 
No, but why has the executive rate gone from 10 to 1 to thousands to 1, in comparison to the average employee salary, over the span of a few short decades.  The United States' executive salaries, in comparison to the average employee salary, is astronomical compared to nearly every other country on the planet.

What is the total cost of the full-ride scholarship?  Then multiply that by 4 or 5 years (a redshirt year).  Does the general education student get that to pay for their education?  That figure is considerably more than what is offered to the general education student.  Seems valuable to every football player on a full-ride scholarship...full of executive benefits if you will.........
Once again.  Does it matter?  If a student gets a full ride on an academic scholarship and makes money by tutoring, does he get his scholarship taken away?  Nope.

The school doesn't get the full payout for participating in a BCS bowl game either.  The school gets a cut and the rest goes to the conference bowl revenue pot to be divided amonst its other members.  And in the case of the Big TEN conference...the conference takes its share of the conference pot.  Don't forget that if a conference sends two teams to BCS games...the second team doesn't get a full share of the BCS payout per team.  I am an Iowa fan and the year that Iowa played USC in the Orange bowl...Iowa lost money in going to the game. 
It doesn't matter.  Scholarships were offered in the days when there weren't millions being paid out for BCS appearances and huge television revenues.  So explain why they're still giving out scholarships, but not giving out the obscene amounts of money they're making.

Is it fair that a skilled laborer charges the rates they do for nominal work.  Like a paintless-dent removal technician who charges $50 to get a dent out of a car in 10 minutes?  If you question his method...he puts the dent back...when you agree to pay the fee...he now charges you $100 for taking out a second dent in your car.  While I fully understand your point of executive pay and the benefits of that position...uneducated skilled labor charges the same exhorbitant rates.
If it's "uneducated", as you put it, why can't you do it yourself?  Mechanics have to be ASE certified, which means they have to take classes and pass tests.  A paintless-dent removal technician isn't charging you $50 for his efforts.  His boss is charging you that price because it's inconveniant for you to do it yourself.  And did you ever think that they charge so much because they have to pay big money to lease out their building (thanks to banks over-inflating property values to benefit themselves) or to buy the tools they need for their business (so that executives from big businesses can pocket more money?)  Have you ever bothered to ask yourself why it is that we only needed to change our oil every 10k miles 30 years ago, but are supposed to every 3k miles now and yet cars lasted longer back then?  It all comes back to the rich finding a way to screw the middle/lower class.  Blue collar workers could support a family of 4/5 in the '60s.  Now?  Blue collar workers can barely afford to support themselves.  Which brings us right back to the socioeconomic problem that you brought up before, condemned, and yet have fervently defended.

If you don't like that the football players are being used for their services...then don't watch.  The players agreed to sign on to play football knowing full well that their image would be broadcast over the airwaves.  Let's hope that they learn something along the way for life-after-football.
That's a stupid comment.  I can watch and still not be supporting what the NCAA does by not buying their merchandise.  The second sentence doesn't even make any sense.





Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:17 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Did you read the comment?  I am claiming a perceived bias by the NCAA against OSU.  LSU deserves to be in the game this year. Never said it didnt.




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:44 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Right. The fact that that the president of the NCAA is the former chancellor at LSU has nothing to do with it.  Right. 
gxpjim, The fact that LSU is 13-0 and beat several ranked teams during the season in what some experts consider the best football conference is the reason LSU is playing for the crystal. The president of the NCAA has nothing to do with it. He doesn't vote and IS NOT involved in the BCS. We beat #5 Oregon at a neutral site,  #23 WVU in Morgantown, #2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa,  #16 Georgia in Atlanta, and #6 Arkansas.  We beat 5 ranked with 3 teams in the top 6. And 4 out of the 5 were on the road or neutral sites. That and that alone is the reason LSU is playing for the National Championship, not the president of the NCAA was once the chancellor at LSU.
If you have any real reason as to why LSU shouldn't be playing for the national championship tell us about it.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:35 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

He should be a great fit for the Bucks then!!



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:36 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Typos in a blog? Wow.  Great comeback.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:18 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Is sure is.  Before you throw the moron name and play the retired marine card, make sure the person you throw it at isn't an honorably discharged soldier (2007).  The reference was to LSU.  The argument was a perceived bias by a person associated with LSU, which you obviously are b/c you put it in your screen name.  Irony?



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:37 am
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

the hiring of Meyer after Tressel is puzzling....  didnt UF have like 50 arrests in his stay?



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:14 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

If Tressel inst a moron he would have saved enough on that pay to be retired by now. Then he could go play golf or something.



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:04 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Notorious,

If the NCAA has rules that govern what scholarship student-athletes can and can't do...then said beneficiary must follow the rules.  How hard is that to understand?  Are you forgeting the total cost of a full-ride scholarship for 4-5 years?  A benefit only for the priviledged few who are given a scholarship.  These are the same players from every socioeconomic group that enables each to learn a skill/trade/craft/career ----- every one of those options pays a corresponding salary for each individual to move up the salary scale.

What is wrong with the parents taking out an insurance policy that covers a 'football-career-ending-injury' (God forbid!!!!) for their son?  I'd be okay with the university paying a supplemental/rider for the player. 

Selling your autograph is covered by the rule book that the student-athlete on scholarship must follow. 

Higher academic standards raises the bar of performance that every athlete understands.  Southern schools would be severly impacted by this because they tend to be low on the academic side of productivety by the student-athletes.

Your position on entitlement programs is sickening.  The student-athlete agreed to play football.  So the school recoup's cash from how well that player performs.  Doesn't mean that the player is entitled to any of that money.  Additionally, the revenue generated goes to pay for other athletic teams/programs and scholarships, and probably state-of-the-art facilities that the student-athlete can use.  The trade off is appropriate. 

The student-athlete is 'entitled' to learn in their degree program of their choice.  End of story.  Get over it.

I probably could have gotten by on 33% of the cost of one scholarship year for my four year degree.



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:41 pm
 

NCAA gives Ohio St. bowl ban, Tressel show-cause

Notorious,

You and many others jump right to the executive pay and bypass the education attained and salary earned through time.  Executive pay is what it is.  If you want to be paid that...then put your education to work and give it time.  Work your way up the proverbial ladder so that your child could benefit from riding your coat tail. 

Does the average worker deserve to be paid at the executive rate? 

What is the total cost of the full-ride scholarship?  Then multiply that by 4 or 5 years (a redshirt year).  Does the general education student get that to pay for their education?  That figure is considerably more than what is offered to the general education student.  Seems valuable to every football player on a full-ride scholarship...full of executive benefits if you will.........

The school doesn't get the full payout for participating in a BCS bowl game either.  The school gets a cut and the rest goes to the conference bowl revenue pot to be divided amonst its other members.  And in the case of the Big TEN conference...the conference takes its share of the conference pot.  Don't forget that if a conference sends two teams to BCS games...the second team doesn't get a full share of the BCS payout per team.  I am an Iowa fan and the year that Iowa played USC in the Orange bowl...Iowa lost money in going to the game. 

Is it fair that a skilled laborer charges the rates they do for nominal work.  Like a paintless-dent removal technician who charges $50 to get a dent out of a car in 10 minutes?  If you question his method...he puts the dent back...when you agree to pay the fee...he now charges you $100 for taking out a second dent in your car.  While I fully understand your point of executive pay and the benefits of that position...uneducated skilled labor charges the same exhorbitant rates.

If you don't like that the football players are being used for their services...then don't watch.  The players agreed to sign on to play football knowing full well that their image would be broadcast over the airwaves.  Let's hope that they learn something along the way for life-after-football.

Go Hawks!!!!


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