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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: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:01 pm
 

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

LMAO!!

They lose to MIami and MSU, and the dream of Toilet Paper getting that NC Ring to sell is over! The major violations and turmoil will shift the power in the B10 to teams that do it the right way..Buh Bye Dirty Jim.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:51 pm
 

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

Wollam11, do you understand how NCAA sanctions work?     The misdeeds stay with the school, the coach walks away with a clean slate.  Ask USC, ask UMass and Memphis.  The school, fans and remaining players pay for the misdeeds of the coach who broke the rules, caused the punishment, then left for a big raise in the NFL or at another school. If Tressel gets canned, he will have NO mark on his record, and OSU will serve out whatever the NCAA gives them, and Tressel would be free to coach again the next day with NO sanctions of any kind.


Perhaps I'm not making myself clear-- I'm NOT arguing that.  The NCAA will do what it does.  But FAULT lies with Tressel and not with OSU.  Anyone with a thinking brain can see that.




Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:41 pm
 

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

Tressel withheld information to protect the FBI investigation and not the players, but shared the information with a friend of Pryor, yea right. OSU petitions the NCAA and the palyers get to play after repeatedly breaking rules all with Tressel's approval. He should be fired and maybe OSU can save what's left of the schol's reputation.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:21 pm
 

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

Actually, Tressel is emloyed by OSU, OSU is responsible for montioring all of it's coaches and players. So if a coach or a player has a violation of the the code of conduct the program and coach or player involved are responsible. The Auburn will probably have their national championship vacated in a couple of years.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 6:03 pm
 

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

Dodd, Ohio State isn't accused - Tressel is.  When Tressel is fired, the misdeeds go with him.  Unfortunately, because of you and a horde of other sports writers, the stain will stay with the Bucks.

Wollam11, do you understand how NCAA sanctions work?     The misdeeds stay with the school, the coach walks away with a clean slate.  Ask USC, ask UMass and Memphis.  The school, fans and remaining players pay for the misdeeds of the coach who broke the rules, caused the punishment, then left for a big raise in the NFL or at another school. If Tressel gets canned, he will have NO mark on his record, and OSU will serve out whatever the NCAA gives them, and Tressel would be free to coach again the next day with NO sanctions of any kind.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:47 pm
 

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

Wollam, the stain will stay with the Bucks because of Tressel's actions, not because of the media.  And Ohio State has publicly stated over and over that they stand behind Tressel, so they are as "guilty" as he is.  Plus, he works for them, not the other way around, and the buck (no pun intended) stops at the top, which is the President of the University.  You want to blame everything on the media?  You are in completed denial.

The guilt is the same?  Even though only Tressel committed the acts?  

Hardly.




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:42 pm
 

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

Hey, how did that work out for USC? Carrol left and LEFT USC with a couple years of sanctions. You are dreaming if you think anything less will happen to "The Ohio State Community College"!

I'm not saying Ohio State won't pay for his actions.  I'm saying the University itself isn't the one at fault here.  But, you wouldn't know it if you just read the headlines.




Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:39 pm
 

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

Wollam, the stain will stay with the Bucks because of Tressel's actions, not because of the media.  And Ohio State has publicly stated over and over that they stand behind Tressel, so they are as "guilty" as he is.  Plus, he works for them, not the other way around, and the buck (no pun intended) stops at the top, which is the President of the University.  You want to blame everything on the media?  You are in completed denial.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:37 pm
 

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

The NCAA also asked for the school's win-loss record the last four seasons and the dates and results of postseason competition.
It would not supprise me if the NCAA was too stupid to find this information, however I think it's just to notify other schools of whats pending.


wollam11 - Said  "Ohio State isn't accused - Tressel is.  When Tressel is fired, the misdeeds go with him.  Unfortunately, because of you and a horde of other sports writers, the stain will stay with the Bucks."
Hey, how did that work out for USC? Carrol left and LEFT USC with a couple years of sanctions. You are dreaming if you think anything less will happen to "The Ohio State Community College"!



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 5:22 pm
 

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

As a Buckeye fan, I have to hope that there is more to the story.  Tressel has preached about honesty and integrity since he has been in coaching.  He even has a few books that are based on this.  I am hoping that he did this to protect some players and is the fall guy.  I am hoping that by not saying anything, he protected the FBI investigation and couldn't say anything to interfere with their case.  I am hoping that nothing more negative comes out about this.  
My fear is that there will be some games if not the 2010 season vacated, including the bowl game.  They will probably get a 2 year bowl ban and lose some scholarships as well.  Loss of bowl games is catastrophic for a program.  In the Big 10, the conference shares the bowl money so someone else may step in ant get to a BCS game.  Trying to recruit or keep a player with no hope of a bowl game is a whole different battle.  
There are a lot of haters out there and deservedly so.  I was quite pleased when USC and michigan received their penalties and now the rooster crows for the mighty Buckeyes.  Enjoy it boys, it wont last forever.


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