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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.”
Comments

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:26 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Further, can we get a Buckeye who doesnt just agree with the first pass that is plausible in the scenario.  Every guy I see on here that talks about selling what he OWNS or giving back to his family is inevitably a fan of the school.  Grow some nuts Buckeyes, and formulate your own opinion.  Would you say the same thing if this happened under Rich Rod at Michigan with Denard Robinson involved?  Absolutely not, and that is pathetic............



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:23 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

They did this because they are dumb ass 20 year olds that wanted some extra cash.  If you can show me one instance where they used the money to pay for their mom's electric bill, then maybe I will entertain the idea that these thugs at tOSU had their parents in mind when making the deal.  It is probably more sinister than my belief in all honesty.  Further, I dont really blame the players for selling their gear as much as I think Tressel handled this in the worst manner possible.  The only problem I have is people giving a free pass because the NCAA doesnt buy all of their parents new houses.  Come on man, most of these kids dont have a pot to piss in, and now they are given a free education, free food, and facilities to accomplish whatever path they want to take.  The NFL WONT TAKE THEM until they are three years removed, what a good way to spend that three years IMHO.  The NCAA doesnt owe them anything.......



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:15 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

I really wish posters would quit with the "they did this for their families" nonsense.  College football have plenty of opportunitites for legal money while in school.  They can get Pell Grants if they are indeed poor, and there are always student loans for these kids.  Quit acting like they did this out of necessity as they clearly did not.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:08 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Stupid rule not being able to sell what you own!

The problem being that they were given as gifts.  They did not purchase these items.  So they were profiting off free items.  That's against NCAA rules.   How does it sound if a coach walks into a recruits home and says, "Hey, if you come play for us, we'll keep you supplied with all the free gear you need.  And if you need some extra cash, go ahead and sell it."   Obviously that promise wasn't made in this situation, but it would open up the possibility of it happening if they allow student athletes to see free gifts given to them while they are at the school.

The players did that to help their families with money by selling their own goods, so they say; we have no reason to doubt that.  Until the NCAA can provide money for struggling families they should not be imposing rule violation. 
You beleive they actually sold these things to provide for their family? If you do, then you are ignorant.  How is using these free items to receive tattoos beneficial in any way to providing for their families? 



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:56 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

you got to be kidding me you people that are acting surprised about this, give me a break it's big ten champ rings, jersey's, and shoes what's the big deal. who in there right mind would want terrelle pryors dirty shoes?
it's not that hard to get one of those, it's not a big 12 or a SEC champ ring where you have a championship game so you win a few games against cream puffs and you get your ring big deal let it go. if you look at the thugs that play in the big ten why would anyone be surprised.You can't blame Jim Tressel for all this, theres not one person in the world that could ride herd on that bunch to keep them out of trouble.
the bottom line Jim's players screwed him and should be kicked of the team end of story



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:51 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Animals in Columbus I tell ya, ANIMALS!!!



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:48 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

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Stupid rule not being able to sell what you own!
Yes they should put the tattoo parlor off limits to all OSU personnel, but whose going to enforce that?  What would be the ramifications of going there?  Who is off limits too ALL OSU personnel or just ATHLETES? 

Yes Coach Tressel may have kept mum about what he knew, but the real issue that it is a stupid rule not being able to sell what you own.  The players did that to help their families with money by selling their own goods, so they say; we have no reason to doubt that.  Until the NCAA can provide money for struggling families they should not be imposing rule violation.  Yes these kids should be towing the line and getting a great education, many of them do.  Many, are just good athletes and can get buy this way and always have.

Yes it seems OSU is above the law at times, but like all politicians Coach Tressel won’t shoot himself with word selections.  Yes he’s a politician I like him as a coach and he;s done nothing wrong to me, but he definitely speaks like a politician.




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:35 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Tressel's reputation is now beyond repair, just like Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.  UT is fine with having a scumbag as their basketball coach, and evidently, tOSU is fine with having one as its football coach.  Any defense of Tressel now is just homerism on the defenders part.  Buckeye fans too often tried to paint the sweater as above reproach, but it was all an act and many fell for it, even with his past at YSU.  What a mess!



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:08 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

Dabb!!! it means Tressell wants some MONEY in his hands.  DUHHHHHH



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 7:48 am
 

A look at the Jim Tressel e-mails

this must be from a "fair weather" fan... I am from the old school that says, "once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye", and that means you support in fair or foul weather.


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