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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 18, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:54 pm
 

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

Ever the morons.  He was also the PRESIDENT of the University of Washington.  Did that help USC at all?  How would it be anyway that he could influence who is in the NC game anyway.  Coaches vote and computers compute, and it came up LSU-Bama.  I have no interest defending Bama's spot in the NC game, but Ok State blew a 17 point lead to Iowa State in the next to last game of the year.  Harder to defend that. 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:53 pm
 

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

Some of you here really are beyond help.  The reason Auburn is not in trouble now with the NCAA is a little something called proof.  There is not proof that Cam knew his dad was pimping him out and there is also no proof that any money changed hands.  There is plenty of proof of what Ohio State and their lying coach did.  I would say see the difference, but as I said, some of you are beyond help.


I have to disagree.  When sCam called the coach at Miss. St. and said "the money is too good" that says he knew.  The NCAA believed everything that was said by that coach why not that?



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:49 pm
 

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

Wow! It seems Ohio gets off easier then everyone else has.



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:41 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. 



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:40 pm
 

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

Who is the NCAA?  Well, for one, the president is the former chancellor at LSU!  Wow what a coincidence.  2 SEC teams in the national championship.  Who is the biggest name in college sports outside the SEC?  Wow! It's OSU!! Bet you were surprised.



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:29 pm
 

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

I still love all of the Ohio St fans that are in denial about this whole punishment. 

Many have made excellent points on both sides of the issue.  But, Ohio St fans must realize that a few rotten apples do spoil the bunch.

The bigger issue is this:  A SOCIOECONOMIC PROBLEM that no one wants to talk about or acknowledge.

The 'stud-athlete' living in poverty knows what it takes to survive.  Cash speaks volumes to this individual.  After being given a full-ride scholarship...now what should those athletes do?  Go to class???  Study???  Train in their sport???  Look for ways to make some cash???  All of the above...non of the above???

Does anyone really believe that a star recruit, living in poverty (or below), can somehow afford to pay cash for:
  • tattoos;
  • jewelry, gold, diamonds, and 'bling-bling';
  • a whole new wardrobe of name brand clothes;
  • a room full of the latest electronics;
  • how many latest generation cellphones with all the bells and whistles can a person in poverty go through in a year???
  • What does their credit look like?  And how does this athlete make their loan payment on a car???
The movie Blue Chips comes to mind here..............

The rich kids arrived on campus with all those items.  They also have the ability to pay cash for those items after arriving on campus.

The middle class kids probably arrived on campus with many of those items - if not all.  They probably can't afford to buy many of those items after arriving on campus...but surely could prioritize their needs with available cash from their parents.  It is also highly likely that the middle class parents' budgeted for their child to go to college - and after receiving a scholarship, those parents could have easily purchased a dependable car for their child to get around campus on. 

The Solution:
  1. Higher Academic requirements for eligibilty: 2.5 GPA is the minimum (I'd accept a higher minimum GPA number!!).  The message is simple: Ensure you are eligible to play football in college as a freshmen while you are in high school.
  2. Scholarships are capped at 21 total per team.  No more sign-and-ship deals to community colleges for gaining eligibility.  The player uses up their eligibility at the school where they received a scholarship to become eligible.  The message is simple: Know who you are recruiting
  3. A player must be taking a minimum of 4 classes a semester, and be passing all of those classes (remember: 2.5 GPA minimum) on their schedule to be eligible.  The message is simple: Go to class and get your education.
  4. Suspended players miss conference and non-conference games: a minimum of 6 games.  Senior standing players that become suspended sit out games.  PLUS, 4 scholarship reductions (1 per year) for the program.  PLUS, pay back their scholarship costs for their senior year.  The message is simple: Live lawfully, and make sure your players behave.
  5. Coaches that run programs that commit violations are put on probation for a minimum of 5 years.  Coaches will face an extensive oversight program during this time.  If the coach fails compliance, the coach is banned from coaching at any level of the NCAA for football.  The message is simple: Run a clean program and graduate your players.

Long live the Big Ten Conference!!!!!



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:18 pm
 

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

Some of you here really are beyond help.  The reason Auburn is not in trouble now with the NCAA is a little something called proof.  There is not proof that Cam knew his dad was pimping him out and there is also no proof that any money changed hands.  There is plenty of proof of what Ohio State and their lying coach did.  I would say see the difference, but as I said, some of you are beyond help. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:55 pm
 

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

That is easy to explain Dacroixman.  Auburn is not in trouble over Scam Newton because the SEC is above all laws and logic.




Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:46 am
 

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

Lose the D-bag with the bow tie.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:26 am
 

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

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That’s the only way to explain athletic director Gene Smith’s asinine response Tuesday to the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions slapping the Buckeyes with a one-year post-season ban, the loss of nine scholarships over the next three years and three years of probation along with other penalties for football players receiving more than $16,400 in impermissible benefits.

“We are surprised and disappointed with the NCAA’s decision,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”

Hey, Gene, enough with the empty rhetoric, OK? As usual, you are in denial more than a third-world leader with eroding power.

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You see, Ohio State’s Dumb (Smith) and Dumber (university president Gordon Gee) brain trust wanted the Committee on Infractions to accept its meager self-imposed penalties of vacating the 2010 season, returning approximately $340,000 in money from last season’s Sugar Bowl, going on probation for two years and having five fewer scholarships over the next three seasons, all conveniently WITHOUT A POSTSEASON BAN.

Of course now that the Buckeyes can’t even compete for a Big Ten championship next season let alone a BCS title under new coach Urban Meyer, the clueless Smith is devastated by the much-deserved harsher penalties. A former member of the Committee on Infractions, he had maintained there was no way his program’s football team would receive any type of postseason ban.

So instead of withdrawing itself from bowl consideration this season with the hope that would lessen its NCAA penalties, like the University of Miami smartly did under a storm of NCAA problems, Ohio State played on during a turbulent 6-6 campaign under interim coach Luke Fickell to claim a spot against in the meaningless Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.

Brilliant move, Dumb and Dumber, but it’s what we have come to expect from the dynamic duo of Smith and Gee. They have always been reactionary instead of proactive when it came to Tattoo-gate, a scandal in which players sold and traded sports memorabilia for more than $14,000 in cash and tattoos.

And worst of all, Gee and Smith were arrogant throughout the embarrassing debacle. Don’t forget they still allowed former quarterback and five other Buckeyes to play in last season’s insignificant Sugar Bowl after they were implicated in the scandal, even though the players were suspended for games this season.

Gee and Smith also refused to fire former coach Jim Tressel and instead let him resign more than two months after he admitted to lying about his knowledge of players’ involvement in Tattoo-gate. (Cue Gee’s infamous, “I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me.”) Just like they let scandal poster boy Pryor leave the team instead of kicking him off it.

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So spare me all of Smith’s propaganda about Ohio State not appealing the NCAA’s ruling in light of this “challenging time.” If that’s a reference at all to the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, it’s a disgusting insult to the victims.

Smith’s talk of “institutions of higher education must move to higher ground” is hot air just like Ohio State’s “long-standing commitment to excellence . . . in integrity in all it does.” Hopefully, it’s true now, but it wasn’t as recently as five months ago.

If it were, Ohio State wouldn’t have tried to low-ball the NCAA then with its self-imposed sanctions. NCAA president Mark Emmert though for the first time during his underwhelming tenure didn’t cower to power, profit and prestige, even though slightly harsher penalties for the Buckeyes wouldn’t have been out of line.

For all of Dumb and Dumber’s follies, they did finally get something right by hiring Meyer last month. Based on Smith's word, he told recruits not to expect more penalties than what Ohio State had self-imposed.

But even with NCAA uncertainty hanging over the Buckeyes, Meyer stole a couple of highly touted recruits from Big Ten foes and recently landed Noah Spence, the nation’s top defensive end according to Scout.com.

Now, Meyer is forced to sacrifice next season to put Dumb and Dumber’s mistakes behind him. But beyond that, the man who won two BCS titles at Florida will be just fine managing the loss of scholarships and the negative stigma of probation.

And unlike his bosses, Meyer does get it as evidenced by his statement Tuesday after Ohio State’s penalties were announced.

“The NCAA penalties will serve as a reminder that the college experience does not include the behavior that led to these penalties,” Meyer said. “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.”

In Meyer’s second seasons of new jobs, he has done well. He won the Fiesta Bowl at Utah and his first national championship at Florida also came in his second season.

That’s something for Ohio State fans to remember during the next year of sacrifice. Maybe by then, Dumb and Dumber will have finally gotten it — and lost their jobs.



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