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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. 

Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

yea miked this is the same poster who on another post had posted that mateen cleaves was the fault of the michigan basketball program getting taken down by the NCAA. even though he played well after the fab 5. and NEVER played for U of M

""Yup and your avitar shows that you like the man who was a part of taking dwon the University of Michigan Basketball program. Ironic isnt it that you rail against OSU for CHEATING yet you support a man who was apart of CHEATING"

im still waiting to hear the explanation of how cleaves cheated and his ties to the michigan basketball program
Im going o explain this once and very slowly for you....by my own words which you misquoted

I said that Mateen Cleaves WAS A PART (where you say I said he THE reason... you even pasted it so read it)....Everyone knows that Mateen was in the SUV that rolled over which was illegally leased, they were in Detroit too far from campus making it an illegal recruiting trip from an NCAA standpoint...was it not a vist to UM by Mateen?? Was he not involved in illegal activicties that night?? THEREFORE HES A PART of it....sucks when you are wrong doesnt it

Now run away and let the adults have a conversation



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Okay



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Am I the only one who believes Urban Meyer will be the coach of Ohio State in two seasons?  If Tressel is fired, resigns, etc, Luke Fickel will coach the team to a respectable season (10-2 or so) and Urban Meyer will take over in 2012.

 




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

Did someone actually bring up the death penalty? Are you kidding? What happened at Ohio State is nothing. Even Vanderbilt has had worse infractions than this, and they are nothing compared to Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Nothing. This is nothing more than the SEC bias in the sports media coming out and them taking shots at a Big Ten school, albiet, the dirtiest Big Ten school. With that said, they would be the cleanest school in the SEC. The problem here is Dodd and his employer are contractually obligated to bash the Big Ten. Same goes for ESPN. Personally, I think the Vest should step down but for the fools down south who think they will be severely penalized, give it up. The next school that gets slammed will be Auburn followed by Alabama.



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

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

I am just waiting to see how they are going to blame this on Kiffin.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

To all the OSU fans that are saying Dodd and Doyel are biased and it is the only reason for the story.  Care to explain this story from the Sporting News??  Seems to be saying basically the same thing as the cbs writers are saying -- Or is every journalist writing about this a "hater" and "jealous of OSU"




Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

yea miked this is the same poster who on another post had posted that mateen cleaves was the fault of the michigan basketball program getting taken down by the NCAA. even though he played well after the fab 5. and NEVER played for U of M

""Yup and your avitar shows that you like the man who was a part of taking dwon the University of Michigan Basketball program. Ironic isnt it that you rail against OSU for CHEATING yet you support a man who was apart of CHEATING"

im still waiting to hear the explanation of how cleaves cheated and his ties to the michigan basketball program.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

There will never be another Death Penalty handed down.  There is a reason why it was done only one time.  It was first thought it would take 5 years to recover from the DP.  It took SMU 25 years to recover.  It damn near ruined the university.  They will never do it again.

All this Dodd is reporting was in the original paper work given to the NCAA.  This is not new news it just was not released to the press.

 




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

miked5405 i was thinking the same thing you thought. about afj watching the fab 5 documentary and making it seem like he was there.

That is why I asked him those questions -- He would only know the answers if he has ever been to St. Cecilia's to play.  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.

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. 



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Is this it for Jim Tressel?

miked5405 i was thinking the same thing you thought. about afj watching the fab 5 documentary and making it seem like he was there.

this guys claims he graduated from ohio st and utah. now he claims he played with the best players the state of michigan had to offer back in the early 90's. since chris webber won the state championship as a 15 year old freshman, it was hard to even get close to the kid. if you werent a star in high school, they wouldnt just let you in. to play pick up with these kids back in them days, you HAD to have game.

im wondering what high school afj played for since it seems he is around my age also. i seen ed martin once, and he wasnt a guy you could just walk up to and say hi. the only reason i was even around that environment is because i knew someone (mark hughes) who had great ties to the UM program.

so im with mike d when i call COUGHBULLCOUGHCHITCOUGH!!!!

i guess it runs in the blood of ohio st people to just LIE.

as for all the dodd haters! HE IS NOT THE ONLY PERSON REPORTING THIS.
AOL has this as a top story!
THE SPORTING NEWS has this as a top story
the chicago tribune has it as a top sports story
the muskegon chronicle has it as a top sports story
pretty much everyone is reporting this!

slick jim meet tricky tressell and the TAT-5


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