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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. 

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:50 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Now that the Buckeyes have been eliminated from the tournament, the AD should be free to remove Tressel from his coaching duties before the NCAA makes an example of him and the Buckeyes.  The longer Ohio State keeps him on, the harder the NCAA should come down on OSU.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 6:00 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

the first 2 quotes where from ajfsports also. when i asked him about his favorite teams earlier. wouldnt it seem if he went to tulsa and played ball there he would support them? why didnt he bring up tulsa then? seems like your BS keeps getting higher and higher
There is room for one team...sorry not 5

if you did all that....when did you have time to go and play alot of ball in detroit and ann arbor
My family moved to Canton in 1988 from Cleveland I played at Tulsa starting in 1988/89 was injured at the end of my sophmore season. Spent a yr in Michigan went to OSU and graduated in 1993 and got my MA from the University of Utah in 2000. Not so sure what the big deal is....Im 40 years old not some 20 yr old punk like you whos jealous of other peoples lives...its all good Im sure you will get out of your parents house some day....tell you what you can come to Vegas and we could go hang out. I'll even sign some stuff for you and let you take a picture with me if it will make you feel better 
as far as cleaves, you said he was a part of cheating. if anyone cheated it would of been the michigan players not cleaves. did cleaves get in trouble? he took no money. he went to a party while he was a senior in high school. that has nothing to do with him being classified as a cheater. yea they broke rules about the 30 miles away from campus BUT he was not a college student. he was breaking no laws. he was not an NCAA student yet. flip it how you want it, but cleaves was no cheater like your boy slick jim
He was on an official recruiting visit to UM was he not?? If hes on a visit and he is breaking recruiting rules then he is complicit in violating NCAA policy. Just as much as he would be if he took money prior to arriving on campus...with all the money Ed Martin was throwing around do you think any potential recruits for UM got any??.

how close of a family friend are you? ben howland coached EMU? i know ben braun coached EMU around the time of the fab 5 and beyond. just cant believe if he was such a close FAMILY friend AND you played with the team, YOU WOULD KNOW HIS NAME!!!!!!
Sorry I was watching UCLA /USC game plays on Fox Sport West here in Vegas....Ben Howland on the brain

Look it up my freind when Flip was at Tulsa, when Tubby came in and Tom Izzo being there for a short time. Hell you can even look up when Rick Majerus was at Utah....Should I tell you that he lived at the Marriott hotel in Salt Lake within walking distance to the Huntsman center and didnt even own a house??....the more you try to refute it the sillier you look....it seems like Ive spent an AWFUL lot of time concocting some sort of story to make myself look cooler on CBS lol....



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 2:36 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

"Proud gradute of THE Ohio State University...you know anything else about me you care to share??"

"Sorry the University of Utah is my Favt Basketball program....lots of respect when Coach Majerus was there and had the pleasure of getting my
"MA from the University of Utah....anything else you need to know??"

" I played 2 season of College ball at the Univeristy of Tulsa recruited by someone you might know being from Michigan...flip saunders. If i would have been 2 years older it might have been Tom Izzo. Left after two seasons due to injury and a new coach (Tubby Smith) and enrollled at OSU to focus on my academcis . "


the first 2 quotes where from ajfsports also. when i asked him about his favorite teams earlier. wouldnt it seem if he went to tulsa and played ball there he would support them? why didnt he bring up tulsa then? seems like your BS keeps getting higher and higher

if you did all that....when did you have time to go and play alot of ball in detroit and ann arbor?

you still avoided the questions he asked. just sayin.

as far as cleaves, you said he was a part of cheating. if anyone cheated it would of been the michigan players not cleaves. did cleaves get in trouble? he took no money. he went to a party while he was a senior in high school. that has nothing to do with him being classified as a cheater. yea they broke rules about the 30 miles away from campus BUT he was not a college student. he was breaking no laws. he was not an NCAA student yet. flip it how you want it, but cleaves was no cheater like your boy slick jim.

it just seems you're doing alot of name dropping to make us believe. flip saunders? tubby smith? ben howland? rick majerus? ed martin? wow BUT 1 thing gets me.........

" I played with the EMU team a lot when Ben Howland was there because hes a family friend. Im sorry you didnt get to achieve anything past maybe 8th grade basketball where everyone got a trophy."

how close of a family friend are you? ben howland coached EMU? i know ben braun coached EMU around the time of the fab 5 and beyond. just cant believe if he was such a close FAMILY friend AND you played with the team, YOU WOULD KNOW HIS NAME!!!!!!!

maybe you didnt recieve a trophy for 8th grade and thats why you're on here with all this BS which is starting to stack up just as high as slick jim and the TAT 5 fiasco.

im calling BS on this one tho!






Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 1:41 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

If Bruce Pearl goes, so does Tressel. It's about time it was expose what a phony this guy is. The NCAA has had ample reason to examine Tressel's program and didn't. Not they can't ignore what a sham the tOSU football program is and has been for years. They kept pushing the envelope until it ripped. Put 'em on double-secret probation.



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 1:15 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

once again dennis dood is an idiot and has no business on this site.he and doyel are a disgrace to this site.please cbs get rid of these idiots



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:38 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

I for one am fed up with hearing that this is the medias fault. That there is a bias against the Big 10. That these sites cater to the SEC schools. That the SEC and other conferences are more corrupt than the Big 10. 

The author wrote an article like many other sites and publications outlining the violations that went down at OSU. Nobody else was involved other than the players, the coach, the AD, and the president of the university. 

If anything the media did OSU a favor by not looking into what went down and the tat 5 along with the coach were allowed to participate in the bowl game and the conference was awarded an 18 million dollar payday as a result. Take away the tat 5 and OSU would have been blown out and ratings for the game had the players been suspended would have been awful. Worse yet dont allow OSU to play and plug Boise or another deserving school a huge payday and the Big 10 walks away with Car Care Bowl money. Let me see who got the shaft here a school that violated the rules, lied about it, coverd it up, yet walks away with a trophy and 18 million vs staying at home or sent to a game that payed 1 million that Boise got or the 2 mil that Michigan State received. Im dumb but I think OSU did ok with the 18 million payday compared to what it should have been playing for, if anything, had the media or NCAA did the proper investigation.

Weather you like it or not facts are facts and those involved broke the rules while at the same time proclaiming themselves to be above it all. Now they are all caught trying to put water back into the tub. In addition the record of the Big 10 speaks for itself and weather or not you wish to admit it it has not been good in fact it has been awful. If you wish to place blame take a hard look at yourself before you start placing blame on others for your own actions. The more you wish to pretend nothing happened or that its everyone elses fault the more the rest of the world will pile on and demand harsher sanctions. 

The ball was in OSU court and they decided to punt. The board has a chance to clean up this mess by asking for the head of President Gee who has shown himself as nothing more than a money grubbing wh--e. Kicking this bum to the curb would start the ball rolling to clean up the mess that OSU has created for itself. 



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:18 am
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

I highly doubt this is how Jim Tressel leaves Ohio State. 



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Pretty much what I figured.  Talk about everything but the two simple questions I asked you.

I don't need to go on the internet to talk about my past or make stuff up to make myself sound more important than I really am.  Unlike yourself -- I have actually been to St. Cecilia's.  Unfortunately, being one of two white guys in the gym -- I never got to see the floor in a pickup game.  I did get to watch my buddy (Jon Garavaglia - Aquinas HS/MSU) play against college stars and former pros.








Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

As long as Tressel can beat Michigan Ohio State could care what he does. They will just take any infractions and live with it. You really have to love the overblown bs on this one



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

St. Cecilia's was NOT a pickup game you could just walk into the gym and call next.  You had to be invited or brought to the game by another player.  Even then you might not get to step on the court to play.
Look Im sorry I played division 1 college ball and you didnt....maybe you are just jealous, maybe you are just a hater I dont really know which is which nor do i care. I didnt play HS ball in Detroit or Michigan nor did I claim to. I didnt play college ball in Michigan either. I played 2 season of College ball at the Univeristy of Tulsa recruited by someone you might know being from Michigan...flip saunders. If i would have been 2 years older it might have been Tom Izzo. Left after two seasons due to injury and a new coach (Tubby Smith) and enrollled at OSU to focus on my academcis .

When i graduated i moved to Canton, mi and played a lot of ball in Detroit and Ann Arbor not really sure whats so hard to believe there. I played with the EMU team a lot when Ben Howland was there because hes a family friend. Im sorry you didnt get to achieve anything past maybe 8th grade basketball where everyone got a trophy.

 It is not something you can look up on the internet or tell a story verbatim to what you heard from the Fab Five Documentary
Could really care less about some fab 5 documentary I watched about 5 minutes of it, it stunk, and was written and produced by the players so it wasnt going to have any truth to it anyways...no objectivity need when you are the ones in charge of it....they were punks then, and they are punks now


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