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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 18, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:03 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

"@LSUSMC- So, you really think, and i mean you rrreally think that no other coaches other than Bruce Pearl and Jim Tressel cheat?  What koolaid are you drinking?? i'd like some of that koolaid."

I don't drink koolaid, nor to I subscribe to your choices as the way it is.  The answer is clearly somewhere in between 90% or two.  I know coaches cheat, and I also know that the majority do not. 

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:27 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

definitely.... if tressel stays the punishment HAS to be more.  if he goes (fired or resign), there should be some leniency, since he was the main violator.  if he goes, 5 games for the players and last season being vacated with some probation should be fair.  but if he stays, there should be a scholarship loss and a postseason ban (1-2 yrs) and serious probation time where any more infractions become a very big deal.  they need to cut ties and get out while they can.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:13 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

The NCAA IS WAITING TO SEE WHAT  TRESSEL WILL???????????????????????????????????????????????? if he resigns punishment could be less if he stays there in trouble

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:06 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

The Vest is teflon. He will sit out his 5 game suspension and will come back with his team 5-0.  MSU and Miami will give them a test, but MSU lost too many players and Miami will crumble when O-H-I-O reverberates throughout their home stadium a la the big house a few years ago as Buckeye fans consume over 40% of stadium capacity.  They might lose to Nebraska and Dodd and rest of the putzes on here will talk about how OSU is better off w/out Tressel.  Their still BCS bound so keep on hating!

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:56 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

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:50 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

@LSUSMC- So, you really think, and i mean you rrreally think that no other coaches other than Bruce Pearl and Jim Tressel cheat?  What koolaid are you drinking?? i'd like some of that koolaid.


Yours is the worst kind of thinking.  Somebody else did wrong so I shouldn't be punished when I do wrong?  Seriously?  The need isn't for less punishment, but for more and evenhanded punishment.  Ohio State and Tressel should take their medicine and move on.  They should not whine about unfairly they are being treated.  They should man up, not cry and do the nancy dance about how horrible life is for them.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:49 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

GIVE IT UP DODDLY DO WRONG. you obsession with iowa and ohio state border on lunacy. 
you do realize there are other teams in college football
In a 1999 Journal of Affective Disorders article, a hypothesis was suggested indicating that the phase of the moon may in the past have had an effect on dimwits like dodd! by providing light during nights which would otherwise have been dark.With the introduction of , this effect would have gone away, as light would be available every night, explaining the never ending negative articles about iowa and ohio state

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:47 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

Everyone in Columbus chose to ignore the fact that this kind of behavior happened under Tressel at Youngstown State.  This is not his first rodeo.  He certainly projects a proper image - but the record speaks volumes to his true values.  Get the best athlestes regardless of academic qualifications, win at any cost, look like a professor and send lots of bodies to the No Fun League.  Successful, yes.  Respectable, hardly.  The man couldn't carry JoePa's jock when it comes to integrity.  Hell, he couldn't carry RichRod's jock.  And RichRod is no saint.  But at least he seems reasonably honest.  And I hate BOTH Ohio State and Michigan.

Sung to the Ohio State Fight Song:

"There's a team from Mid-Ohio covered now in shame,
There the team that needs a tuba just to spell there name.
They can run - they can't block or pass!
Tressel is a snake in the grass!
Fail fail Oh-hi-O State
Your Buckeyes will fail today!"

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:36 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

How could OSU ever get a breck with clowns like this probing every possible negitive action. Tressel Stays and hoists trophy's before you know it. There was a federal investigation involved. Exposing it would have destroyed evidence. Vacate the wins and move on. Fire doDD for stupidity

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:32 pm

Will Ohio State avoid a postseason ban?

@LSUSMC- So, you really think, and i mean you rrreally think that no other coaches other than Bruce Pearl and Jim Tressel cheat?  What koolaid are you drinking?? i'd like some of that koolaid.

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