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Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 12:27 pm
Was Ohio State cut a break in its notice of allegations from the NCAA? So much so that the school may avoid a postseason ban in the Jim Tressel case?

Draw your own conclusions from these conclusions: While the 15-page NOA delivered last week seems fairly damning, it does not contain the NCAA's scarlet letter designations -- "failure to monitor" or "lack of institutional control". In most cases, the allegations are made by the enforcement staff in the NOA. Either can be added by the committee on infractions in the penalty phase but that is a rarer occurence. Despite the depth and scope of Tresselgate neither were included in regards to Ohio State. 

Failure to monitor is more specific in terms of points of oversight in a specific area of the athletic department. Lack of institutional control says there is little or no oversight in general regarding a case. Go to the front of the NCAA Manual. The "Principle of Institutional Control" reads like the opening sentences of the Book of Genesis. [Emphasis added}

"It is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association. The institution’s president or chancellor is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program, including approval of the budget and audit of all expenditures.

"The institution’s responsibility for the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program includes responsibility for the actions of its staff members and for the actions of any other individual or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletics interests of the institution."

Merely taking into account the information in the NOA, it's hard to believe that Ohio State didn't get lack of institutional control. Its head coach lied and systematically circumvented the system by hiding damaging emails. I've said this in the past but this case comes down to the following: A 67-year old businessman in western Pennsylvania knew that Terrelle Pryor's name had popped up in a federal drug trafficking investigation before either the Ohio State AD or president

That's bad enough. What a lot of folks have forgotten is the beginning of this case. Part of the reason those Ohio State players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl was they "did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred," according to the NCAA. Once they got that rules education, another game was added (for a total of five) to the players' suspensions that take effect this season.

So if you're like me, you're wondering how an athletic and compliance department that didn't educate its players on an extra benefit rule that is considered common sense in the industry, didn't get cited further by the NCAA. Ohio State AD Gene Smith threw his compliance department under the bus back in December saying the nine-member staff was "complicit" in the violations because they did not make the extra benefits rule clear to players. We can argue why Ohio State got a break for its players when it is assumed that everyone knows, or should know, you can't sell your memorabilia. The point now is, why didn't Ohio State at least get "failure to monitor" when the NOA was delivered last week? 

Both the NCAA and Smith called out the compliance department. That's a helluva place to start in assigning the scarlet letter.

An answer might be found in the manual. One of the presumptive penalties for a lack of institutional control violation is a postseason ban. It was described to me by a veteran of NCAA cases this way, "There is a higher presumption of a postseason ban," with a lack of institutional control. The manual states that a postseason ban is likely "particularly" when the violations reflect a lack of institutional control. There are almost always mitigating circumstances in these cases, but it seems by not citing Ohio State's oversight, a postseason ban is off the table. 

That doesn't necessarily mean Ohio State won't get a bowl ban. The NCAA alleges in the NOA that Ohio State is a repeat violator, meaning that it has committed another major violation within the allowed five-year window. While OSU won't get the death penalty -- one of the possible penalties for being a repeat violator -- it could received enhanced penalties because of the repeat designation. Because of that, maybe the NCAA didn't feel it was necessary to allege lack of institutional control. The school already has hung itself for being a serial violator.

The case isn't over and who knows what will develop between now and when the penalties are released which, at the earliest, seem to be midseason? But if you read between the lines it seems that a postseason ban is unlikely. Think more in terms of at least two years probation, a vacation of wins from 2010 and perhaps some scholarships. The juiciest question, though, remains whether Tressel will coach again at Ohio State. Without answering that question at the moment, I will leave you with bylaw, "Responsibility of Head Coach".

"It shall be the responsibility of an institution’s head coach to promote an atmosphere for compliance within the program supervised by the coach and to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches and other administrators involved with the program who report directly or indirectly to the coach." 

Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Ohio State

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:01 am

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Before you criticize another person's spelling, perhaps you should check "your" own.  As in "your" statement, "Oh wait, "your" just a FAN..."  What I am sure you meant to say was "Oh wait, YOU'RE just a FAN..."  And to you, Mr. 1st Grade Spelling Champ, I say well done.  Now we all know that "you're" as pathetic as we once thought.

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:14 am

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Tressel screwed up, but if you put yourself in his position, he was also screwed. Let's say you are good enough to be a head coach of a major college program. You dedicate a good portion of your life to buidling the program at a school you genuinely beleive in. It has taken years of hard work to build, you have done it in the right way, respectably. You feel you are on the verge of it all paying off when suddenly, through no fault of your own, everything you and your team has worked for is about to take a huge step backwards simply because a few individuals who apparently are too stupid to pilot a human body sold some awards you gave them which should have been an honor to own, and used the money to buy more idiotic tatoos. That's all bad enough, but to add insult to injury you have to be the one to turn them in, cutting your own throat in the process for something you and 98% of your team had nothing to do with. There is no question it would be wrong, but there would be a pretty big temptation to pretend you never saw that e-mail and rationalize it in your mind as a matter of fairness to yourself and the other players and seniors on the team. I still say he screwed up and made a bad decision, but if you say you would never even consider it it's because you will never be in that position.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:47 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

The way I understand it, Sugar Bowl officials lobbied for those players as well. There is a certain expectation of revenues for a Bowl and the Sugar would not have chosen the Buckeyes if those players were not availble. If it was one, then that might have been a different story. To throw Tressel completly under the bus about those specific's is a shade tainted.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:42 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Make it Fab Five, even thorugh only four of them were good

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Nice Michigan education. Maybe they could teach you how to spell psychotic. Oh wait, your just a FAN like the freakin' idiots around Columbus who burnt couches, dumpsters et al. You couldn't find time to go to class and don't have any.Tressel lied and should pay for it. Just like the Fab Five did

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Nice Michigan education. Maybe they could teach you how to spell psychotic. Oh wait, your just a FAN like the freakin' idiots around Columbus who burnt couches, dumpsters et al. You couldn't find time to go to class and don't have any.Tressel lied and should pay for it. Just like the Fab Four did

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:38 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Typical Ohio State fan...."Heals" is spelled HEELS.  OSU and Trssesl got busted and I am sure they will somehow avoid any bowl bans or major sanctions because they are THE Ohio State University.  Go Big Ten!!

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:27 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Of course the league wants to protect the suckeyes. They bring the idiot fans, that bring the money. And I say idiot fans because they are. Not just because I am a michigan fan, but because the suckeye fans are psycotic, and not in a good way.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:03 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

when I was at OSU gary berry drove a used ugly honda accord.   after i had graduated, but went back up a couple years later to visit a friend, I met Santonio Holmes in an area where a lot of students lived.  this is off topic, but he was 5'11" and prob 180 soaking wet in my estimate, which goes to show you that speed, quickness and technique can get many a player into the Pros.  anyhow, he was packing up to head home to belle glade.  he had a ford explorer.  granted a nice model, but it wasnt new, and it was a little beat up and had florida plates.  both star players.  i'm having a hard time believing that all OSU's star players are driving around in shiny new loaners. shoot, I saw fb players on the city bus, so they probably didn't even have cars.  i think that cfb has a lot of corruption, no doubt.  just saying some people on here are getting a little carried away.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:48 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

FREE_SAFETY,,  you are wrong OSU had to report the violations because the FBI did the raid on the Tattoo shop where they found the OSU players properties and reported it to OSU officials!!  Only then did they confront Tressel and admit to the violations because if they wouldnt have the FBI findings would have busted them!!!


are you sure about that?  it doenst really make sense the way you have it laid out.  i thought that happend was the the US attorney told only tressle, not the AD about the raid.  this communice occurred in the spring.  tressel covered it.  he didn't tell the admin until december.  are you sure that the FBI informed the AD?  I thought that they went to tressel first.  I thought that the the AD found about the thing from tressel, not that they already knew about it, and then they were like hey jim? did you know anything about this situation? and he lies and says yes but not until yesterday (when really it was spring)  either way, the federal attonrey went to someone at OSU, and OSU informed the NCAA very quickly, which they didn't have to do.   I highly doubt that the FBI in an ongoing inverstigation would tell the NCAA about it.  what do they really care about some rings and gold pants?   The fact is that the NCAA was made aware of the tats-for rings BY OSU.   doenst make what tressel did OK, but at least they didnt drag their heals.  that's the point.

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