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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: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:23 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

It's no great surprise that the Wizard of Columbus, OH is a sad fake of a man. The "Mr. Rogers" costume was a dead giveaway. I wouldn't be the least surprise to find that he also abuses the boys in his Sunday school classes. He's assiduously cultivated the look and the faux aura of respectability of the sexual predator. 
He's at the right school, that's for sure. His University President is back for a second bite at the apple in his dotage. History lesson: he's the guy who fired "old 8 and 4 Earl Bruce" as head football coach. Why? It was no secret that the arrogant pervert was furious that Bruce refused to get in line and pretend that the Emperor did indeed look fine in his magnificent clothes. Apparently, Coach didn't approve of the married E. Gordon Gee's BRAZEN flaunting of his his mistress at University functions. (Said mistress was reportedly a subordinate of THE Ohio State University's bejeweled Raja. The Leftist American campus--ever the best refuge for sexual predators and the routine, arrogant abuse of power. Their motto is: Never take a backseat to the Catholic priesthood, televangelists, Wall Street, or Scott Walker as a devil-worshipping tool.)



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:19 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

LSUMC, please point to a single instance of Tressel lying.  You are so gung ho about attacking buckeyes right now that you have yet to even review the facts.  It is not even alleged that he lied.  All that is alleged is that someone sent him some emails vaguely claiming some ohio state players had sold memorabilia.  He chose not to go forward without more information. 
Well, when asked in December of 2010 he stated that he had no previous knowledge of the players selling memorabilia.  Do you need a print-out of the e-mails where he was discussing that his players were selling memorabilia?  Isn't that a lie?  Or maybe the definition of lying is different where you come from?

If only MORE people were like Tressel.
  There a plenty of people like Tressel!  Smith and Gee are like Tressel.  Chizik and Newton are like Tressel!  Claret and Smith are like Tressel!  Bruce Pearl is like Tressel!  How many cheating liars do you want?

We have too many people these days casting dispersions and making accusations without any concrete facts.
You must mean that video tape and e-mails are not real facts.

Our society would be much better off if people acted like Tressel and decided he wasn't going to make an accusation based on extremely weak and vague accusations in an email from someone he doesn't even know.
Yes, our society would be better off if people ignored contractual obligations to report ANY suspected violations.  Our society would be better off with people who think they can win by cheating.  What, exactly is weak and vague about an e-mail stating exactly which athletes memorabilia has been sold and is on public display?  I guess it would be asking too much for the HC of the great and wonderful OSU to drive down to the local drug dealing establishment and actually see the memorabilia hanging from the wall?

Once the specific facts came out, in December, Tressel DID report it, and was honest with the school and NCAA when asked what he knew.  He told them he had gotten some vague emails in April but nothing substantial enough to go on.
The e-mails look pretty substantial to me! They name exact memorabilia and exact athletes! And they state exactly where the memorabilia is on public display!

But that's ok.  Keep spouting your ignorance and even false allegations (such as claiming tressel lied).  It might make you feel better about your pathetic existence. 
That pathetic existence would be a description of you.  I understand that you will never see, recognize or acknowledge it...nevertheless, that is you.

 Your claim that if he did nothing wrong then the school wouldn't have suspended him shows your lack of understanding about how the NCAA works.  It is common for schools when faced with NCAA investigations to issue self imposed sanctions.
It is common for schools under investigation to self-impose penalties.  That occurs right after the internal investigation by the school determines that violations have occurred.


 OSU stepping in and helping with the investigation and suspending tressel was less a statement about his guilt than an attempt to appease the NCAA.  Get a clue man.
Subject us to more blind drivel......as someone posted before, please get off JT's nuts!
  



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:54 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Everyone needs to take a step back and look at the "big picture" here.  A bunch of athletes sell their jerseys, Big Ten Championship rings, and other memorabilia.  Is this wrong?  According to the rules, yes.  But let's look at this from the outside looking in, and not worry about setting a precedence here.
 There are many precedences(sic) already set.  Dez Bryant lost a year for lying to the NCAA.  AJ Green lost 4 games for selling a jersey (suspended while the investigation was ongoing!) The Ohio State University should NOT be the one to suffer because of 5 kids stupid mistakes?   Wah wah wah.......go ask Ok State and Georgia for some sympathy there.

Did Jim Tressel know what was going on back in April?  From the news conference, yes, and he realizes now that he should have acted on it faster.  The problem was, how to approach it.
Uh, he's paid 3.5 million dollars a year to know what to do.  It states in his contract, under the threat of termination, that he must report suspected violations to the university.
 
I just retired after spening 28 years in the U.S. Army, and one thing you learn in the Army is that you always try to keep things on the lowest level possible when there is an issue.  You don't go telling the whole world about it.  You handle it at the lowest level.  That is what Jim Tressel tried to do. 
No he didn't.  He covered it up and pretended it would go away.  He has had success in the past covering things up and hoping they didn't come out.  Well, this time it was in the middle of a Fed investigation, so sad for Mister "We run a clean program" that it wouldn't go away.  He lied when asked if he knew about it.  There is no getting away from that fact. 

Dez Bryant and AJ Green should be on the board that rules on tOSU punishment.





Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 12:05 pm
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Leave it to a Texas fan to insult someone from the military!!!!! The NERVE!!!!!!! LOL

Yea you know how us commie Texas fans are. I am just irritated how much the military gets brought into these sport discussions lately VBB. How you been? Haven't heard from you in awhile...

P.S. He knows by what I said I am not just some ungreatful civilian beating up on the military...



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:47 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

If you have to keep asking about Tressel lying and then are going to say that him being suspended is not an admission of guilt, then I cannot help you.  I will say that I have now read about the incident that happened at YSU, and that did not put him in a good light either, but I am sure you will defend that also, at least on the blogs.  I highly doubt tOSU will be asking you for any legal advice anytime soon, but I am sure you will let me know if they do otherwise.  I do not recall any talk in December about Tressel knowing anything about this situation from April.  As a matter of fact, if I remember correctly, they said the info had just come to light.  I have also read the emails posted here, have you? A cover-up is just a lie, and that is what your coach did.  He lied and he has been suspended.  Who was the last major college football coach to be suspended by his own school?  Got nothing, I thought not.  Even the administration at tSOU, who obviously love the guy, realilze he broke the rules and they took the very unusual step of suspending him, but you think that was just to appease the NCAA.  If tOSU thought he was innocent, they would not have suspended him.  At some point, you may want to join the real world and face the fact the Mr Clean is not so clean.  Tressel is just another good college coach out there trying to win games.  End of story, other than the ucpcoming probation of course.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:46 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

You cannot compare how you carry military information to how jim tressel is going to handle information at osu. It apples to oranges. Second, how are you going to really honestly defend the process as to what Tressel did? He claims he did not act because he quote" did not know who to act to". Oh yeah, no one to go to he's off the hook for sure..And he let them all play the entire season? CMON. Second, this is not even the first time we've heard this about funny business with Tressel players. Youngstown... and lets not forget about Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett and don't say he did not know anything about Clarett because he recruited his brother as well at Youngstown..So he knows all well what kind of kid he was. If this was going in Michigan you wouldn't be using your military comparisions for a wolverine.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:28 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

LSUMC, please point to a single instance of Tressel lying.  You are so gung ho about attacking buckeyes right now that you have yet to even review the facts.  It is not even alleged that he lied.  All that is alleged is that someone sent him some emails vaguely claiming some ohio state players had sold memorabilia.  He chose not to go forward without more information.  If only MORE people were like Tressel.  We have too many people these days casting dispersions and making accusations without any concrete facts.  Too many people jump to conclusions without actually letting the information come out and then making and INFORMED opinion.  Much like you have done here.  And the media these days is the biggest culprit.  In an effort to break a story and get hits on a website, people will quickly write stories without adequate investigation.  Our society would be much better off if people acted like Tressel and decided he wasn't going to make an accusation based on extremely weak and vague accusations in an email from someone he doesn't even know.  Once the specific facts came out, in December, Tressel DID report it, and was honest with the school and NCAA when asked what he knew.  He told them he had gotten some vague emails in April but nothing substantial enough to go on.

But that's ok.  Keep spouting your ignorance and even false allegations (such as claiming tressel lied).  It might make you feel better about your pathetic existence.  Your claim that if he did nothing wrong then the school wouldn't have suspended him shows your lack of understanding about how the NCAA works.  It is common for schools when faced with NCAA investigations to issue self imposed sanctions.  We are all greatly familiar with the current state of the NCAA and the rampage they are on to attempt to clean up college sports (which are grossly corrupt of their own making).  OSU stepping in and helping with the investigation and suspending tressel was less a statement about his guilt than an attempt to appease the NCAA.  Get a clue man.



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:18 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Leave it to a Texas fan to insult someone from the military!!!!! The NERVE!!!!!!! LOL



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:14 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

 
I just retired after spening 28 years in the U.S. Army, and one thing you learn in the Army is that you always try to keep things on the lowest level possible when there is an issue.
Yea the refers to fixing things that can be fixed at the lowest level. If one of your joe's went and got arrested for DUI did the command not get involved? If you knew something was gonna show up on the Generals blotter on monday, did you not involve the command or at least notify them? Using the military to compare to this situation is stupid anyway. Welcome back to the civilian world and thanks for your service. Problem is you can't compare the two. Apples and Oranges...




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:55 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

It is not Tressel's fault. It is bad typing. This whole mix-up came from a typo. Tressel answered the e-mail by saying "I will get on it ASAP." What he meant to type was "I will get on it ASAPEIT" = As Soon As Pryor's Eligiblity Is Through.


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