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Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:44 pm
Bowl games are for fans. That's all they are -- they're games for fans. That's why bowl invitations are awarded in conjunction with tickets, tens of thousands of tickets in the case of a bowl game as big as the Sugar Bowl.

This is why the NCAA made the right call, the Solomon-esque call, on Terrelle Pryor and four of his teammates. More than 10,000 OSU fans already have bought tickets to that game, which includes for many airfare, rental car (or other ground transportation) and hotel. Plus food for the duration of the trip.

Imagine being those fans, showing up in New Orleans, and watching the Buckeyes' backup quarterback. Whoever he is. And watching the Buckeyes' backups at receiver and running back. And watching the Buckeyes score three points.

T-shirt idea: I spent a week, and $3,500, in New Orleans -- and all I got was this lousy 21-3 loss .

Nonsense. The NCAA wasn't protecting the Buckeyes. The NCAA was protecting fans -- it was protecting you, if you want to know the truth. If you're not an OSU fan, embrace this anyway because the precedent is set. This could be your team in a year or two.

Pryor could turn pro after this season and therefore evade the punishment. That would be a shame, but what do you want the NCAA to do -- predict the future? More nonsense.

Stop complaining, just because you can. Stop complaining, and be pleased that the NCAA did something with us in mind.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Ohio State

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:28 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

How did Dez Bryant lose a year for lying about a lunch and these guys don't even miss their bowl game?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:05 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Exactly!  Aren't all games an exhibition?  After all, it's amateur athletics, and it's supposed to be about sport and sportsmanship.  Apparently, I was wrong.  Only the bowl games are for the fans and money spent.  Not someone who travels from out of state to see their alma mater play on any given Saturday during the regular season.  I wasn't aware those games weren't exhibition, and people who pay money to support their team and wath them play do not count.  Oh well, I'm glad to now be enlightened.

Too bad when my school played West Virginia a few years ago, 5 of the 7 starters who missed the game do to non-injury issues weren't given the don't ask, don't tell cause we don't know, as I paid for my ticket and expenses in advance of the suspensions.

With that being said, I think someone selling their property isn't a big deal, but if it's within the rules, then the rules have to be abided by.  I'm not sure I was the biggest Miles Brand fan, but I believe he would have been more clear and demanding of consistent rule enforcement.  It's my opinion the head of the NCAA should just step down.  Not that the organization hasn't been in disarray, but with their post ruling statements, it's obvious the NCAA knows they do know, and being selective as to who does not know is embarrassing to the NCAA and an insult to the intelligence of fans of collegiate sports.

Go ahead and make "it" legal or illegal, but either way, stick to the rules and enforce them, please.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:00 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Obviously a column to take the anti-mainstream view to sell internet ads. No one with half a brain believes this is his true take on the matter. Most of the true fans and alumni that go college athletics go for pride of the school not the name on the back of the jersey. They'd go anyway... 
Anyone who said they were only going to this game to watch Terrelle Pryor is a liar or a jock sniffer.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:52 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

The right decision for the fans?  Whose fans?  Not the fans of any teams who have had players suspended for bowl games.  Not the fans of players on teams that aren't eligible for the post season.  Not the fans of the NCAA supposedly getting tough on cheating.  This decision was exactly what it sounds and feels like, a joke.  By the way, didn't OSU play over a season and a half with ineligible players?  Will there be any sanctions to the university for that?  What will OSU get?  The precedent for USC - 15 scholarships per season per player and vacated wins (we know they didn't get any bowl sanctions)?  Or the precedent for all other schools - 2 scholarships per season per player and vacated wins?  Why do I see a new precedent about to be set - something well below all previous precedents?  Well, at least OSU has to play Akron without Pryor.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:09 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Sorry, haven't the time to run through all these comments.  Doyel is right; the NCAA is wrong here.  Yes, the game should go on with all the players in place.  But Bowl Games are about $$$ -- penalize (subtract from/withhold) $$$ from Ohio State's share of proceeds from this game.  Maybe even before it is split with the Big 10 -- to encourage the conference to lean on them (and themselves).

As Dodd points out, the school knows better and has personnel in place to educate/prevent this stuff.  They didn't.  Agree with Doyel; shouldn't penalize the fans.  Penalize the school where they will feel it!

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:07 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

So what do the fans of teams the live by the rules deserve.  Lets go back to last year and lets have Dantonia reinstate the 11 players got in a dorm fight..  or better yet lets not play the Capital One Bowl this year until B J Cunninghams ankle is healed... we deserve to be at  100%.

I praise Dantonio for doing the right thing last year even though it cost "The Fans" a victory in the Alamo Bowl...because we got so much more out of it this year.

Don't you think the arrogance of the University that deems it proper to put "the" in front of their name and the fans lead to this behavior.

I still would rather have 11 players suspended because they were backing a teammate in a dorm fight, then 5 or 6 suspended for selling the teammates out for a couple thousand dollars each.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:02 pm

good call, Gregg

While I doubt the NCAA's motives were only for the fans and not their wallets, I agree with the article. The bowls are merely exhibitions and fans crazy (dumb?) enough to spend money to see these exhibitions are the ones that would truly be hurt by Pryor and the rest not being there. In reality, it doesn't matter if OSU wins 35-17 with them or loses 21-3 without them, both teams still finish in some forgettable slot in the rankings. Now, there's very little doubt that O$U is a "dirty" program.....smoke leads to fire and they have had more than their fair share of smoke over the years and I applaud the NCAA for actually sticking it to a team where it hurts (for once).....the regular season. For bowls, the results don't matter; its the experience that counts and without the players mentioned, everyone loses. Until a playoff system is put in place, post-season punishments are basically no punishment at all.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2010 1:44 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Doyel, you're an idiot!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 1:04 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

.Yes, kids make mistakes. But guess what, kids learn from mistakes through some form of punishment. In this case, the punishment is being "delayed" in order to make sure the NCAA and the corporations who sponsor the bowls get the ratings they need for payday. Grow up you still think Santa is coming over tonight?

Exactly right - college football is big business and this was a business decision. I have no problem with the length of the punishment -if anything may be a game or two too long - but have a problem with delaying it. I was wondering if Pryor would be coming back next year. Now I am guessing that he won't and he will avoid any punishment.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 12:58 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Tressel should suspend these guys for the Sugar Bowl.  That would show the best punishment possible.   This is not just about fans, this is about how these players dishonored their University.

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