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Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 5:39 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gene Smith is supposed to be here in Anaheim on Saturday. As chairman of the men's basketball committee, it is his duty to make the rounds during the NCAA tournament.

Arizona and UConn play Saturday for the right to go to the Final Four. Don't keep a seat warm for Smith. He is also Ohio State's athletic director, which makes him a bit preoccupied these days.

Friday's revelation  that Jim Tressel forwarded emails to a mentor of quarterback Terrelle Pryor might be the deal-breaker for the Buckeyes coach. Remember, these are the emails that he wouldn't share with his superiors because Tressel was worried about "privacy" issues.

Apparently the emails weren't sensitive enough to keep from a 67-year-old owner of a Jeanette, Pa., glass company. It's hard to envision Tressel lasting any longer as this coverup builds. It's only a matter of time and definition -- when the coach will leave and what it will be called. Firing? Resignation? It doesn't really matter at this point.

Here's why Friday's news is so damning: If you remember at the March 8 press conference, Tressel was asked by Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel if the coach had shared the emails with anyone else. As Tressel started to say yes, Smith intervened saying that couldn't be discussed, that there was an ongoing investigation.

Reminds us once again that the cover up is always worse than the crime.

This particular situation doesn't necessarily reflect badly on Pryor or Ted Sarniak, who was well known during the quarterback's recruiting process as a mentor. It was to the point, according to a source, that recruiters were dealing with Sarniak more than his high school coach. I was in Jeanette during that recruiting process and went to interview Sarniak at his Jeanette Glass Company offices. It was unannounced because I couldn't track him down on the phone. I was never able to find him.

The school vetted the relationship between Pryor and Sarniak, according to the Columbus Dispatch .

"He's [Sarniak] not a bad guy and he's got money," a person close to Pryor told me. "I don't think he did it [mentored Pryor] for the money."

This is more about Tressel. On the surface, he not only withheld information regarding -- let's not forget -- a federal investigation from his superiors. He also went off the reservation in sharing the emails with a person outside the university. Not even a parent -- a "mentor." Let's be clear: A glass company owner in western Pennsylvania apparently knew Pryor's name had popped up during a federal investigation before Ohio State's president or athletic director.

Poor Gene Smith. His basketball team is driving for the Final Four. That Final Four is a week away and Smith is in charge of it, the NCAA's top moneymaker. But those issues probably aren't in the top five in his mental Rolodex at the moment. We'll know for sure if there is an empty seat at courtside Saturday at the Honda Center. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:08 pm
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Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:01 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel? prove my very point.  Dodd writes a stupid article and stupid people cheer him if he deserves to make the deciison.  Finish it to the end?  Apparently you think the media should be making these decisions.  Shouldn't you be filming a practice?

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:10 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Kudos Dodd, you have been all over this story and written a few excellent pieces on it.  Our collective hard work to expose OSU is taking shape.  It is unfortunate for the kids at OSU but the death penalty must follow (all of who love CFB can agree on that - even OSU fans at this point).

I hope OSU will do the right thing and dismiss JT, after that the NCAA must come in with the death blow and make an example of them... doing so might prevent other morally challenged schools (see SEC) to make changes.

Again, good work Dodd... finish it!

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:54 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

sec is by far the dirtiest conference in america

Fail. You cant even tell me who is the dirties Conference in America. We have gone over this before and you still are getting this wrong. Opinion does not make something true no matter how many times you say it. But keep telling your self that anyone in the Big 10-12, whatever you call your conference these days, is relevent in any Title talk these days.

has multiple probations

So do most teams in your conference so your point is what. i fail to see what your logic here is at all. How does the SEC having programs that have been on probation  have anything to do with how badly tOSU has screwed up this time. Thats right it doesnt, just an ignorant a$$ trying to divert the conversation from where it is supposed to be.

Facts are what you want so here are some for you.

FACT: SEC is not the conference with the most major violation in NCAA history. Can you tell me who is?
FACT: Big 10 conference during the past 10 years is the most penalized conference in the NCAA with 8 schools being penalized for major violations in all sports.
Fact: tOSU broke major rules this past year and are going to be penalized for them in a very serious fashion.
Fact: As Soon as JoPa leaves at PSU they will become the whipping boy of the NCAA. They dont want to tarnish his name.
 ok that last one is opinion but most assuredly will be fact within a few years after he leaves.

Truth hurts for you I know, but You cannot disprove one of my facts I posted above except the last as it has not happened....YET.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:29 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Am I suppose to feel sorry for Tressel??  This guy is way to arrogant and thinks he can fly under the radar.  Sorry chump, looks like things caught up with you and are now starting to bite U in the A**!!  You are human Tressel, you are not sly or savey either. 

Looks like things could get tough Buckeye fans...........just ask USC!!!

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:42 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

And yes -- St. Cecilia's is the only place you would meet Ed Martin back in the early 90's for a pickup game.
Been there done that do I need to describe the place to you as well?? who was there who wasnt there and how many coaches came through the doors at that place...

The guy only hung out at one place in Detroit, not at random pickup games.  That is common knowledge around here.  Unless you were an elite high school basketball player, a professional basketbal player during his offseason, a former pro, or a college player on break from school -- you weren't at St. Cecilia's playing ball
Doesnt really matter WHO i am and where I played HS and College basketball at. I know that I did, not so sure we could say the same for you.


since you say you played there and 'met' Ed Martin a few times.  you should be able to easily answer these questions.

where did they make you park when you went to play open gym there? 

what were you asked as soon as you walked into the gym?

both have definitive answers -- if you can answer these -- I will post an apology for questioning your comments.  I am going to go out on a limb and say you don't know the answer to either of them.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:12 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Well said. DC. Basically my point. You said it much better.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:11 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

The fact that you call it a minor infraction shows you know little. You have no understanding of rules and the reasons for making them. Allowing anyone to "pay " players for their belongings opens the door to major abuse. "Hey --I'll give you $20,000 for those socks you wore". Probably already has happened with OSU.

Also, intersting that you completely ignored the fact--that if true Tressel lied to cover it up. You are a perfect example of why sports and society in general are heading for a major fall. No interest in right and wrong!!!  Just what makes me feel good. Grow up.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:50 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Dodd and Doyle did not create this problem, nor did Cam Newton, nor did USC, nor did the SEC, nor did the media. The problem started when the tat 5 got involved with a felon looking to buy some gear. The problem started when a coach did not disclose this information, lied about it, and did what he could do to cover it up. I statrted with an AD who aided in that cover up. It started with a loud mouth school president who could only see dollar signs through the scandal while at the same time doing all he could to bury every program that was not part of a BCS conference.

Where did I see anyone from the media telling these guys to commit these violations? If anything it was the media that pressured the school to allow the tat 5 to play in the bowl game because they would have been blown out if they were suspended and the Big 10 was like 1-5 in the bowl season with the 5 losses being huge blowouts. The credability of the conference was at stake so if anything they helped OSU and the Big 10 by not digging into this issue at that time. 

If Cam Newton was exposed and actions were taken againt Auburn then you would of had TCU in the National Championship game and it would be a cold day in hell before the BCS would ever let a non AQ play for the tittle because it would mean an end to the system and a big loss of revenue hoarded among the 6 conferences.

The school proclaims to be above it all and that it is a beacon of all that is right about college sports. Once you take a look at what went on here they clearly violated the rules and went out of their way to hide it and try to smooth it over. Sorry it didnt work, so the program gets caught red handed and now wants to spread the blame to everyone but themselves. If the school thinks Tressel is a good man then its their decision to keep him. Based on the actions of all involved the school deserves sanctions and shold be eliminated at the very least from playing in a bowl this year and whatever else comes down the pike.

I hope at some point you stop killing the reporters and go after those who brought shame to OSU and the Big 10 the players, the coach, the AD, and the president.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:30 pm

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

If AD Gene Smith intervened and wouldn't allow Tressel to answer Wetzel's question, doesn't that tell us that Smith and OSU already knew about the forwarded e-mails?  And if he already knew and showed continued support, along with the original weak 2 game suspension, doesn't that also tell us they have no intention on firing him.  Ohio St. is showing us all that they only care about winning above everything else.

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