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Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 7:02 pm
 

As predicted in this space, the NCAA is fast-tracking the Ohio State/Tressel case, and no matter what happens it looks like Jim Tressel has not coached his last game at Ohio State. If there is any good news to the school getting its notice of allegations from the NCAA, that's it.

The notice comes less than four months after the Buckeye Six (soon to be five) were suspended in late December.

To no one's surprise, Tressel is accused of unethical conduct for hiding those emails and knowingly playing ineligible players. The NCAA says that Ohio State could be treated as a "repeat violator" meaning that technically it is eligible for the death penalty. (Settle down Bucknuts, it won't happen).

It is compelling to finally see in print that the NCAA has officially alleged that Ohio State competed with ineligible players on the field. Beyond Tressel's unethical conduct, that is the essence of the case. USC competed with one ineligible player (Reggie Bush) and look what it got -- a two-year bowl ban and the removal of 30 scholarships over three years.

Using that as example, is it fair to assume that Ohio State will receive similar penalties? If so, it doesn't look like those will impact this season. In other words, Ohio State could compete for the Big Ten and national championship in 2011, less than a year after the school announced the initial player suspensions.

That's the same reason why it seems that Tressel will coach this season. Ohio State will reportedly appear before the NCAA infractions committee on Aug. 12. Typically, penalties follow six to eight weeks after such a meeting. Considering the depth and scope of the case, finalizing this case could take much longer. Tressel already has been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. Using UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, as an example the NCAA isn't likely to add to the suspension this season.

UConn's penalty came down in the middle of last season. Because of that, Calhoun's three-game suspension was put off until the 2011-2012 season. That makes things even more sketchy at Ohio State. Applying that history, a bowl ban, scholarship reductions, etc., would be put off until 2012 as well.

Then if the NCAA decides to add to Tressel's five-game suspension, does it, say, add on five games at the beginning of the 2012 season? And at that point, does Ohio State figure the hit is too big and take further action on Tressel? Yes, I'm suggesting the f-word. Firing. But not this year. When he is actually on the sideline, the man wins a lot of games.

Are five games enough? On page 5 of the notice (NOA), Ohio State is asked to provide a detailed description of disciplinary actions taken against athletic department officials involved in the inquiry. Specifically, " ... explain the reasons that the institution believes these actions to be appropriate ..."

Will Ohio State be vacating or forfeiting games? The NCAA also asked for the school's win-loss record the last four seasons and the dates and results of postseason competition.

Most damning for Tressel: The NCAA says he had knowledge (through the now-infamous emails) that two players -- Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey, though the names are redacted in the notice -- were selling memorabilia to local tattoo-parlor owner Eddie Rife. That means that players competed while ineligible with Tressel's knowledge, a significant violation. Tressel already had signed a document on Sept. 13 saying he was unaware of any wrongdoing. In the NOA, the NCAA has asked for a copy of that form.

Tressel said on March 8 he did not reveal the emails with superiors due to "confidentiality" concerns. However, Tressel did share them with a Jeanette, Pa. businessman Ted Sarniak who has a relationship with Pryor.

Former USC coach Todd McNair was accused of unethical conduct in the Reggie Bush and given a one- year show cause order that essentially did not allow him to work in 2010. He is appealing that ruling separate from USC's appeal of the June penalties.

Columbus Dispatch research showed that since 2006, the NCAA has penalized 28 schools for violating bylaw 10.1 dealing with unethical conduct. There were 13 head coaches involved in those cases. Only one kept his job.

The NCAA did seemingly have a sense of the dramatic. The NOA was delivered to Ohio State president Gordon Gee on Friday, the day before the spring game.

Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

The whole article is pretty much irrelevent.  As long as Tressel is winning, esp vs UM, and bringing home B10 titles, he is secure with the OSU regime.  The NCAA may level some sanctions on Tressel, but unless it can fire him, Tressel will only be inconvenienced. 

Winning is everything in Columbus.  Earle Bruce was a fine coach, but 9-3 wasn't good enough.  Cooper was even better, but couldn't beat UM.  They got fired for not winning big enough.  Tressel produces the results the OSU bosses want, and will remain in the regimes' good graces as long he continues to win.  Winning is everything, the rules are mere details, not worthy of consideration.



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

I am always amused by how some Ohio St. fans are still taking the "everyone else is doing it" line of defense.  Try that the next time you get stopped for speeding.  It won't work then, it doesn't work now.

No, everyone else is not doing it.  Yes, individual players are doing dumb things, taking money under the table, cheating in their classes, drinking, getting into fights, or gasp, smoking weed.  This happens all the time and no school is exempt.  These are young kids who have been pampered most of their lives, they are going to make errors in judgement, well, because they are young kids who lack the maturity to make good decisions.

But Mr. Tressel, a grown man, who not only should know better, but has the language spelled out in detail in his contract, deliberately failed to notify and disclose the behavior. 

Go read history, Buckeye fans.  The thing that sends you to the slammer is not the original misdeed, but when you botch the attempt to cover it up.  Move over, Martha Stewart, Al Capone, Bernie Madoff, Bruce Pearl, and Richard Nixon.

Jim Tressel is about to become the latest example of what happens when you try to ignore or deflect a misdeed.





Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

You would think Tressel killed someone or allowed his players to take performance enhancing drugs.  The whole system needs to come down and be rebuilt.  It is a huge moneymaker yet it expects its players to not get any part of it.  Im not saying that they should be paid, because they shouldnt, but if they want to sell their stuff and get alittle cash I have no problem with that.  They didn't take anything from agents or anything like that.  This has no impact on the field at all.  Its a real shame and the coverup of course is much worse than the initial infraction and has made OSU and Tressel look really bad



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

Actually this article is pretty lame.  The amount of credible like circumstances you avoided mentioning are noteworthy of your angle in this story you have tried to manipulate.  You state the obvious (JT is a cheater) however you fail to mention what is going on at institutions like Fla. SC Auburn, Alabama MSU, Ark, Geogia.  Have you heard the name Cam Newton?  Did you know Cam's story does not start at Auburn?  Did you know some of the things he got away with at FLA? FLA lost him to a higher bidder but man they put up with quite alot I am told from inside sources.  Investigate that.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

Why is this under the NHL tread?



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

Two wrongs do not make a right.  Your argument holds no weight when you want to mention other cheating programs to justify the unfairness of Dodd because he did not do commentary on those programs.  Others have made commentary.  Down here in SEC country these boys play the same sad song violin that you are trying to play, claiming nothing ever happens to the big ten and how the NCAA favors the big ten.  I am from Ohio, and I personally think it was a mistake for OSU to allow any of the 5 to play in that bowl game.  I took offense to the players selling their awards for profit and tattoos.  OSU is headed toward hard times with Tressell.  I never realized how bad a rep he had at DII until all of this came out.  Is that the best OSU could do?



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?




Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Ohio St. case takes another step toward ... what?

Dodd is hitting the nail on the head --- the lack integrity.  When a person in authority believes that his way is the correct way regardless of the rules (NCAA and OSU) and then lies about it, the line has been crossed!  Time for a change of attire?


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