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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:55 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

@Beenthere77 You claim that "Tressel never lied to anyone, sorry but that is a fact".

Let me ask you this: if you are buying a house from somebody and the owner knows that the home lies on a huge sinkhole that could swallow up the building at any moment but does not tell you, isn't that just as bad as lying?

Quit making excuses Buckeyes. Your coach is dirty and there will be a cloud over your team until the man is fired.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:47 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Amen brother, Dodd is a complete F#c$ing **shole and he's been hating on OSU for YEEEEEEAAARRRSSSSS, people like him do not deserve their day jobs.  I wish he was unemployed and not eligible to draw his $405 weekly unemployment check.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:33 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

1) Tressel never lied to anyone, sorry but that is a fact.
2) The FBI knew all about it and it was about to go to trial so there was no way Tressel could cover it up
3) Tressel is guilty of signing a compliance form while knowing about these trasgressions.
4) The Buckeyes self reported all this.
Not even close to the blantly lying to the investigaters like Pearl and Dez Bryant did.
Not at all suprissed to see Dodd totally blowing Tressel's mistakes out of proportion.
After all he's on record for attackingTressel for doing a charity event in a recruit's home town.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:53 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban? get the Homer of the week award....Hoooooooommmmmmmmeeeeeeeee


Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:52 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Go to the NCAA's web-site and email the president of the will make you feel good telling a corrupt bunch of big whigs just how Khadafi they really are

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:33 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Nothing to see...keep moving.  If the NCAA doesn't drop the hammer on The Ohio State...they are useless.  We need to take the NCAA to the Middle East and let them people protest them right and overthrow their sorry butts.  Any of you yuppies can't handle this...c'est la vie!

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:25 pm


Again....Dodd piles on Ohio State and states the obvious.   I can't believe he is still employed 

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:21 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

He lies and then lies to cover up his lies. He did this stuff while he was at youngstown state university and there were major scandal questions going on over there while he was coaching, and what is the ncaa's solution? They continue to let him get away with it. Any of the Ncaa board members who continue to let this disgrace of a head coach cheat, lie, play the system the way he does, and not do anything about it should hang their heads in shame. He should have been fired weeks ago, OSU should be bowl ineligible, lose scholarships, and be taught a lesson, much like what happened with michigan basketball. They cheated got caught and got punished. OSU cheats get caught and gets away with it. How ignorant is the board?

Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:12 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

hey dodd, when this is all over you will have nothing to write about. Then what? Dude, u are obsessed with the NCAA firing Tressel. Why such a hard on for Tressel. Did he take your sister out years ago and your still pissed about it. God man, there are a ton of other colleges out there to write about but you just cant take it. Its quite disturbing and it show the character u lack. You need to get over it and move on.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:09 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."

There is not a single true statement anywhere in this post.  What would possess a person to write such nonsense?  If you have issues with anything I have posted, then respond to the post and we can debate the issue.  Because you are an immature coward, you simply resort to childish jibberish.  Have a nice day.

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