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A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:46 pm
 
Here are the e-mails that SportsbyBrooks says are between Jim Tressel and the attorney who alerted him of his players' involvement in selling their gear. There is some fairly damning stuff here including ...


--In the first exchange dated April 2, the source tells Tressel that Eddie Rife, owner of now infamous Fine Line Ink, "was convicted about 9 years ago for felony forgery ... He also was with his friends at (redacted) where he witnessed the homicide of one of his friends ... The Federal Government was at [Rife's} house for alleged drug trafficking ..."

Tressel answers this e-mail by saying, "I will get on it ASAP."

--In the next e-mail dated April 16, Tressel is informed that Rife "has about 15 pairs of cleats [with signatures], 4-5 jerseys -- all signed by players ... about 9 rings Big Ten Championship..."

The source goes on to say, "These kids are selling these items for not that much and I can't understand how they could give something so precious away like their trophy's <sp> and rings that they worked so hard for."

Tressel replied: "I hear you !! It is unbelievable !! Thanks for your help ... Keep me posted as to what I need to do if anything." 

--The source then sent another e-mail on April 16. "Only thing we can do is keep him, his house, his tattoo parlor off limits to players."

--In a June 1 e-mail, Tressel tells the source, "our rings arrive this week for 2009 Big Ten [title] ... any names from our last discussion?? I would like to hold some collateral if you know what I mean ... jt"

All this is another reminder that, going back to Watergate and beyond, it's the coverup not the crime. Also, after reading all that, it reminded me of the immortal tweet from former Buck Antonio Pittman: “cats been getting hookups on tatts since back in 01.”
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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 6:25 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails




Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:07 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

>Yes given as gift, and possession is 9/10 of the law, who cares what they did with it.
>It not like the University wanted the merchandise back.  Is OSU the first to be caught, I doubt it;
>the first to be publicized seems so.

> I am not ignorant nor do believe what they said, I am sure they just wanted money for whatever 20 years use money for.

Nobody's arguing they OWNED the rings, helmets, gold pants, etc.
OWNERSHIP ain' t the issue.
And while I don't have time to argue your ignorance or wisdom. Your spelin sorta speeks for itzelf.
But I'm gonna try to explain this in terms you'll understand, ok?
Your wife takes her wedding ring--the one you sweated and worked and saved for--
down to the pawn shop, and gets cash for it, and buys a tattoo that says "Rocky" on her butt.
Now she OWNED the ring, right? 
It's HER'S, right?
Possession is 9/10ths of the law, right?
But maybe she just wanted the money for whatever wives use money for...
Jeeeeez-sus.....I'm gonna take that back about arguing about your ignorance.
I think you just DEFINED ignorance. 



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:00 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

>Eddie Rife. That is one hell of a breach of client confidentiality.... That fella is in a lot more trouble than Tressell.

Yeah, but the difference is Eddie Rife is a lowlife tattoo parlor owner.
Tressel is the HEAD coach of a major NCAA college football program.
Nobody gives a roasted buckeye for Eddie Rife.
Trying to change the subject, counselor? '-)



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Recover your honor, Jim Tressel, and resign

If Tressel were a plumber, or manager of a bowling alley, this would be silly.
But he is a self-annointed leader of NCAA Big 10 athletes in one of the premier programs in America.
I'm a Michigan fan, and I respect no other program much higher than OSU.
A good rivalry makes for good champions, and great competition.
I NEED the Buckeyes to be the best they can be, for sake of the greater glory, when Michigan wins.

But this is a Coach--and author of "Winning the Game of Life" and a teacher of men who has accepted the laurels that go with honor and authority of his conference, his school his alumni, and his players--he must be held to an incredible standard, one he even preaches in his book!  There can be no room for hypocrisy in Coaching. How will Coach Tressel EVER be able to stand in front of a meeting again, and lecture ANY players on honorable behavior, without snickering and ridicule?  No, honor is a little like virginity. You either have it, or you've lost it.  Is it corny and philosophic hair-splitting to demand honesty and honorable behavior in our Big 10 coaches? If it is, then football at large is over for me. The Marines claim "Death before dishonor." Corny? Maybe....but I WANT there to be standards like that SOMEWHERE. And sadly, Coach, you've lost it. 

In fairness, I keep asking myself "What if it were the Michigan coach?"  And ya know what, I'd stick by him, sure--but by his own standards, I'd expect him to resign on his own.  Michigan Coach Gary Moeller resigned over simply being caught drunk and disorderly in a restaurant. As a Michigan Man, he knew his honor, and the honor of his program demanded it.  Woody, in a passion, hit a player, and fell on his sword in a much more forgivable sin...heat of the moment thing, no deceit involved.  What Tressel has done in this cover-up is much worse than a mere indiscretion. This is deceit, plain and simple.  The opposite of honor. 

Coach Tressel, you can recover your lost honor by resigning...otherwise, you're a hypocrite, and that's the last thing any of us want.
Even up north.



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:07 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

>possession is 9/10 of the law, who cares what they did with it.
>It not like the University wanted the merchandise back...
Man, you miss the entire point. What price honor? Got nothing to do with the ownership.
Got EVERYTHING to do with honor and pride. If you don' t get that, you don't belong in the Big 10,
and you certainly don't belong in the Buckeye Nation.  And I'm a Michigan fan! 
NOBODY sells their honor and achievements for filthy lucre. Or if they do, I know what to call them.
Sure, melt your Heisman down for the metal value...it's YOURS, right? 
What a shameful, niggardly thing to do!  Not just for money...ANY amount of money.
But for TATOOS?????
Woody is turning over in his grave....forgive them, Woody--they're idiots.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:28 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

If I didnt know that I was reading an article on Jim Tressel, I would think that these blog posts were just more rants from Charlie Sheen.  Give me a break!!  Especially you, jack_sprat. You sir are a JOKE!!



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:28 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

How in the world does pedophile fit into a error in judgment?  You are displaying your ignorance very well.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:03 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

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Yes given as gift, and possession is 9/10 of the law, who cares what they did with it. It not like the University wanted the merchandise back.  Is OSU the first to be caught, I doubt it; the first to be publicized seems so.

 I am not ignorant nor do believe what they said, I am sure they just wanted money for whatever 20 years use money for. 

Lastly have you ever called a 20 year old the carpet, I have (24 year VET) and kids lie right off the bat because they are scared. 

Finally who cares because OSU is an institution of higher learning which has great sport team.





Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:34 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

He lied like a pedophile, Buckeye. He IS, TOO a crook. Do we need Senate hearings to convince you of the obvious?



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:30 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

As a Wolverine who cut his teeth on Bo and Woody (and a Lions fan who adores Chris Spielman), I'm loath to appear as partisan any fan of the SEC, but Tressel's conduct was egregious and the THE just don't get it. Gordon Gee's pathetic "joke" was the cherry on top; the corpse has rotted from the head down. Time to give the what the Pony Boys got. "Death" to OSU.


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