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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.”

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:53 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

I've got to agree with you.  And like Dodd said, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up.  This is not about breaking a rule, this is about integrity.  Tressel has been coaching 25 years.  This isn't just some crazy out of nowhere thing that popped up in his face.  He knew what he should have done.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:41 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

@Buckeyes1960.  First off, I spent 20 years in the Marines, and one of the old saying was "Don't be the junior man with a secret".  That is what happened to Tressel.  He obviously knew what the players did was wrong, and said nothing about it even though his contract was very clear in this matter.  He was not in a position to solve the problem, so he should have passed it up the chain.  He did not and that is why the leadership at tOSU suspended him for two games.  As far as Les Miles goes, I would hope he would do the right thing, which is follow the rules set before him.  IF, like Tressel, he broke the rules he was supposed to follow, then I would be all over him.  Tellling lies is not setting a good example, and that is what he did here.  When Miles had the incidents with oversigning or the stupid clock management issues, I did not stand up and defend him by any means, but I did stand by him as my coach.  I also have not called the majority of tOSU fans idiots, just the ones that cannot see this for what it is. 

When was the last time you heard of a major college football coach getting suspended?  This shows how serious of an issue the administration thinks this is, yet some tOSU fans still think this is an issue about selling personal items.  It is not!  It is about integrity and your coach displayed none.  Many Buckeye fans were saying last night before the presser that this was all about nothing and nothing would come of this.  They were wrong, and so are many today.  It is a big issue and the NCAA will look at it.  They did not like it when Bruce Pearl lied to the NCAA, and they will not like this either.  The NCAA relies mainly on self reporting violations and tOSU did not do that this time.  It was and is a major violation and I believe Tressel and tOSU will hear more from the NCAA.  Discredit me all you want, but I was right yesterday with my comments, and time will tell if I am right again.  Have a great day!

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:24 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

This blog is to LSUSMC.  Dude, whoever you are, first off you sound like a Closet Buckeye fan.  Get off the Buckeye room for LSU Fans there.  Secondly, tOSU suspended Coach Tressel before the NCAA could decide something.  Get a brain.  This was NOT a MAJOR screwup, as you so inaptly put it.  This was a very smart head football coach keeping things in perspective and at the lowest level.  Do you honestly believe that Les Miles would have done any different?  I'll give you a "COME on MAN" on that one.  Thanks for calling tOSU fans idiots.  It shows your level of complete and utter stupidity.  Those are MY favorite LSU fans.  One that rant on about other college programs because they can't think of anything else to say.  Good work. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:09 am

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.  The Ohio State University should NOT be the one to suffer because of 5 kids stupid mistakes.  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.  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. 

Was he trying to cover up for his players or the University?  I don't believe so.  More evidence of the 5 W's (who, what, when, where, why) will have to come to light to answer all this.  They are talking about Tressel possibly incurring more of a suspension, possibly losing all of the games from 2010, and other punishments.  Jim Tressel will have to attend "Compliance Training", which obviously every coach should have to do. 

In the end, Jim Tressel needs to remain the head football coach at tOSU and although yes, this is embarressing, perhaps everyone will learn a lesson here.  Number one, players should NOT sell any of their memorabilia that they worked so hard for.  NO WAY!!  Maybe next year when the Big Ten actually has a Big Ten Championship Game to play for will those rings actually mean something.  Jim Tressel is a man of great integrity, that is why players come to Ohio State...because he does things the "right way".  Ask any coach in the NCAA what they think of Jim Tressel.  The NCAA needs to investigate this, but I believe at the end of the day they will find Tressel "NOT GUILTY" of non-compliance.  

That Eddie Rife fellow had better watch his back.  Allow players to come and sell items and then blow the whistle on them.  He may want to find some different clientele.    &

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:00 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

..Is there a GOOD time?? LOL

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:58 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Still the idiot fans of tOSU continue to defend.  Pell Grants and student loans can be used for whatever the person getting the loan wants to do with the money.  Obviously, if you have never been to college, you may want to stay quiet on this subject.  I know many people who used student loans to make car payments, party, buy drugs or whatever.  How do you think many of these athletes pay money back money that they got under less than honorable means; student loans.  To the ohio lawyer who talks about the emails that Tressel got and then tells us we would have done the same think, stop it.  If the administration at tOSU thought he did the right thing, they would not have suspended him at all.  NOTE TO IDIOTS-- He was suspended, so they recognize he screwed up, badly.  When was the last time a major college football coach got suspended?  IT is a rare occurance and it means your coach screwed up, badly.  You only make yourself look completely foolish what the administration already knows was wrong.  Most tSOU fans are smart enough to recognize that this was a major screw up and are either keeping quiet or admitting the wrongdoing.  Others like making fools of themselves.  Those are actually my favorites.  Keep up the good work.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:57 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

1st off. if you REALLY are a would know that when referring to something as "to" stupid..the word should be "too" stupid-look it up..2nd off..if Tressel is "to" stupid to know that any,  and everything floating  around in cyberspace, WILL be available to somebody, then he should be fired for being THAT "TO" stupid...Don't think so?? Ask former Detroit Mayor, Kwame "The Swami" Kilpatrick!!!!

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:52 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

actually your very wrong!! my roomates played for OSU 1998-2001. AND A LIL THING CALLED prop 48 came along and allows a student athlete to hold a part time job that as long as they make less than $3000 a year. the problem is finding time to work haha! as to your saying they have no $ for tattoos is BS! They get 1500$ a month in living expenses if they choose to live outside of the dorms. they get clothing, shoes, coats hats gallor through NIKE.Plus they get all their meals for free. so lets say they got 500$ in rent n utilities( they all share place together to save $) they still have a grand to spend that month! thats $250 a week which is about the same as a 40 hr week at min wage! millions of other college kids do it like  i did so dont tell me they got it rough!!!

Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:37 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

I find it alarming at those pointing the finger here, painting Tressel to be a bad guy for failing to bring out these emails.  You are simply to stupid to be able to conceptualize the circumstances at the time of the incident and can only formulate thoughts and opinions in hindsight.  Because if you put yourself in the shoes of Tressel, I guarantee you would have done the exact same thing you hypocrites.  He gets some emails (in the thousands he gets) from someone claiming this tattoo guy is bad news, is under investigation, and that he has a bunch of Buckeye memorabilia in his shop.  Tressel blows the guy off, but eventually when the guy presses on with further emails, he asks for specific information on individual players (because up to that point he had no real allegations).  So you are all jumpin on Tressel for not pulling a fire alarm when some unknown person gives him very vague accusations that didn't even include the names of players?  And don't just blow me off as a homer.  If you really stop and think for 2 seconds, you would have no choice but to agree that blowing off these emails and keeping them to yourself was not unreasonable at all under the circumstances.

Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:29 am

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

What a complete idiot you are. Pell Grants and student loans are meant for ACADEMICS, not taking care of your family cause you come up short. These kids cannot even get a parttime job for money because the UNIVERSITY thinks all their time must be devoted to making the school MILLIONS...and oh yeah, try to graduate in four years as a consolation prize. These kids clearly don't have the financial means to buy a tattoo. So why not care less about the awards they've earned and sell them. In the end the University doesn't care about them.This whole thing isn't about Tressel or Ohio's about the slave system the NCAA has created and needs torn down.

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