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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 11.1.2.1, "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
 
Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Dodd, Be a real journalist and investigate

If you want to write a fair story, then leave your desk and drive over to any top Division I university and check out the cars that the players are driving and the jewelry, tattoos, etc. that covers their body.  Should the coaches do the math and report the new Escalade?  Common sense says the kid can't afford it.

As long as NCAA football remains a de facto Farm league for the NFL, the endless stream of unscrupulous hangers-on will continue to pursue and exploit these kids.  How can the NCAA come down hard on these universities, coaches and kids when the entire system is corrupt?  Think the Fiesta is the only toilet bowl?  Think Cam Newton was cut a break...The ol' "my daddy didn't tell me he was trying to sell me to the highest bidder?"

How do you sell the importance and value of a diploma to anyone in this day and age...especially, 18 year old kids who typically come from limited means; and how do you expect coaches to operate in this environment?




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

I think I want the death penatly for CBS sports just as much as Dodds (and most CBS writers) wants the death pentatly for Ohio State.   I was not a big fan of the ESPN website because of layout and liked this much more but the articles attacks become more than I care to read.   I join a buckeye site and can read the truth (and yes the insider info does provide truth as much as the truth hurts).    Having been comparing ESPN to CBS for the last few months and gotta switch to ESPN due the crappy writers.    OSU will always have haters and when things are bad, I expect the articles to not be positive but this is just crazy.   Too bad because the layout of this site was great (except the fantasy football completely sucked).



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

LSU is into voodoo...yes he only thinks that. he is of little mind and not much substance other than he pretends to think he knows what anything of the big ten consists of. he cant find iowa on a map and im pretty sure he cant find ohio either. in fact he probably thinks its the same state. of idaho. he has proven it in almost every comment he posts that he has no interest of anything iowa or ohio state yets there he is....LIKE A STALKER..posting as if hes a know it all.  he never comments ON anything just that he got a masters from an online college.  i guess that online masters degree is in that. his history of anything for this idiot is too much for anybody outside of heehaw to even imagine



Ahem. You may want to reconsider criticizing someone else's intelligence until you are capable of writing a coherent sentence.  Heehaw? Really?




Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:35 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!!!



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

look, i hate ohio state as much as any miami fan should. i also believe that tressel should be b1tch-slapped for what he did...it is one thing to protect your players with some questionable judgment, but it is another to then cover up/lie about it, which is where i think the issue with him stands. people are very forgiving, but it is what is done or the appearance of what was done to cover it up that causes most of the hoola. however, i don't believe that the real story should be ohio state and tressel...i think the real story that should be all over the media is the lack of institutional control that exists at the univ of florida! i mean, the ohio state players, like so many "student-athletes" at big time programs, work their butts off and bring in huge money for the schools...all they get is tuition and so many of them need some pocket cash, but are handcuffed by the ncaa from so much including getting a job. the story shouldn't be centered around some players selling items that they themselves actually earned like the gold pants. the story should be the 30+ arrests that took place under urban meyer and the 4 arrests under the new regime. thats over 35 arrests in 5 years and that, my friends, is a HUGE deal that people and the ncaa should be concerned about!-----------------------------------

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excellent point.  but you won't see articles about the 35 arrests at UF, b/c CBS is SEC afflicted.  I mean they even had Tony Barnhart, the biggest SEC honk fanboy out there, write an article about OSU last week. 
Also Dodd doesnt have an axe to grind with UF, like he does with OSU and Iowa (ten articles on the rhabdo thing over about 3.5 months).   It's just CBS man, and website, not even a newspaper or magazine.  dont take it real seriously. dont expect balanced reporting or anything that is going to win a pullitzer prize.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

office did report the infractions only after being caught!!   

That is not correct steelr.  The NCAA didn't know about it until OSU reported it to them. They couldve just deleted the emails and moved along.  I believe - and dont' swear on it, but I'm pretty sure, that the date OSU reported the emails to the NCAA, was well before any stories in the press came out.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

look, i hate ohio state as much as any miami fan should. i also believe that tressel should be b1tch-slapped for what he did...it is one thing to protect your players with some questionable judgment, but it is another to then cover up/lie about it, which is where i think the issue with him stands. people are very forgiving, but it is what is done or the appearance of what was done to cover it up that causes most of the hoola. however, i don't believe that the real story should be ohio state and tressel...i think the real story that should be all over the media is the lack of institutional control that exists at the univ of florida! i mean, the ohio state players, like so many "student-athletes" at big time programs, work their butts off and bring in huge money for the schools...all they get is tuition and so many of them need some pocket cash, but are handcuffed by the ncaa from so much including getting a job. the story shouldn't be centered around some players selling items that they themselves actually earned like the gold pants. the story should be the 30+ arrests that took place under urban meyer and the 4 arrests under the new regime. thats over 35 arrests in 5 years and that, my friends, is a HUGE deal that people and the ncaa should be concerned about!



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Selling your son to highest bidding school - OKAY

Selling your son to the highest bidding university - OKAY
Selling memorabilia for tattoos - Give'em the death penalty!




Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

To Beenthere77 you are correct Tressel never lied to anyone because he COVERED it up so he could keep his preseason top 5 team together!! Only when the TRUTH came out that he knowingly played illegal players did he throw them under the bus with a 5 game suspension for the NEXT season while allowing them to play in the Sugar Bowl so he could finally beat a SEC team!! Yes the OSU compliance  office did report the infractions only after being caught!! Its like the kid with crumbs on his hands having to admit to his mother he had his hand in the cookie jar!!!  Stupid rules or not he BROKE  them!!  If he would have just walked 2 doors down from his office and reported this to his AD we wouldn't even be having this conversation!!! The only thing OSU did was trust that he would do that,,instead now they are facing major violations!! 



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Wow.  These personal attacks are really something.  One would figure Dodd pillaged the Ohio State fans' home and killed the families.  If these were e-mail or phone threats, the FBI would investigate.  If the NCAA were really serious and they are not because nothing is going to happen to the Ohio State, they would make the Vest coach the Raiders.  Al Davis would mete out more severe on the job  punishment than the duplicitous NCAA Enforcement Consulting Union would ever do.  This is the Big Ten and Ohio State is the biggest of the BigTen.  Heck, the NCAA may name an end of the year trophyfor Tressel, e.g, the James P. Tressel award for integrity and character in the face of adversity.

HOwever, I feel sorry for the smaller schools in the country because the NCAA will be accused, rightly, of showing favoritism to the Ohio State.  To make amends, a smaller school, say Northwestern,  has a 4.0 gpa  lacrosse player who accepts a plane ticket to visit a medical school, look out.  I see the death penalty for the whole athletic department.


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