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Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:59 am
Apparently Ohio State doesn't understand why six suspended players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl either.

That is among the conclusions drawn from a digestion of the documents released last week by Ohio State in conjunction with its reply to the NCAA. You know, the one where the school promised to cross out a couple of lines in the media guide, vacate 2010, and call it day?

But if you've got a few hours and need some comic relief, dive into the docs. Among the revelations ...

--Ohio State ended its exhaustive appeal of the player suspensions by reminding the NCAA that the affected players were sorry and "chose to bypass potential careers," by staying in school. That was before Terrelle Pryor quit the team.

--Ramped-up rules education about taking extra benefits occurred the same month that Ohio State wore new uniforms specially for the 2009 Michigan game. Might it have been a good idea not to tempt players with more merch to deal on the streets?

--The school was asked for a schedule of all televised games during the next three seasons. Such a request isn't new and a TV ban hasn't been applied for years, but it is interesting to note that the penalty remains available to the infractions committee.

--The NCAA has asked any new evidence be turned in 10 days prior to the Aug. 12 infractions committee hearing.

--Jim Tressel's "resignation" turned into a retirement that more resembled a golden parachute. The school forgave Tressel's $250,000 fine, gave him benefits and, in fact, awarded him $52,000.

--Tressel admitted he "prioritized potential criminal activity and the possibility of interfering with an ongoing criminal investigation over NCAA violations," according to the school. Also, the school stated that Tressel would issue a public apology in March, almost three months after the wrongdoing was discovered.

--A repayment schedule set up for the suspended players has them making a final payment three days before this year's Michigan game.

--Tressel's response to the allegations includes his admission of unethical conduct but also that he and his wife have donated more than $3 million since 2001.

--The U.S. Attorney's office discovered 52 separate "lots" of memorabilia and jewelry seized from tattoo parlor owner Eddie Rife. That included 75 items ranging from a high school ring to game jerseys to two diamond rings listed as belonging to Rife's wife.

--After his May 30 resignation Tressel exercised "his option to retire as an employee of The Ohio State University."

At the heart of Ohio State's cooperation with the NCAA is presenting itself and its actions in the best possible light. Rife is scolded by the school for "affecting [players'] eligibility." The school said "[Tressel's] issue was self-detected", but failed to admit at any point that the program gained a competitive advantage.

The school went on to call Tressel's actions "indecisiveness" as opposed to "blatant disregard of NCAA legislation." Tressel, the school added, "is a man of integrity and high moral standards."

The NCAA is reminded that Tressel's "integrity and proven history of promoting rules compliance should be weighed by the Committee on Infractions." From 2000-2009, Ohio State reported 375 violations to the NCAA, most of the 69 FBS school who provided documents to the Columbus Dispatch.

The school's appeal to the suspension of those players for the first five games of 2011 is among the documents released by Ohio State. While the message winding through the documents is meant to distract the NCAA from the football program's significant wrongdoing, the appeal calls into question NCAA "withholding exemptions" for players guilty of receiving extra benefits.

Six players, including former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, received approximately $10,000 in benefits. They were made to reimburse that amount to local charities.

The school appealed a fifth game added to a four-game suspension because those players weren't forthcoming about receiving extra benefits in return for memorabilia and autographs. It remains a mystery why the fifth game was added and yet the players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. revealed on April 28 an archaic seven-year-old policy that seemed more like a loophole than a rule allowing the "Buckeye Five" to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Among the arguments made by Ohio State in its appeal which was ultimately turned down:

--While the school said it shares the expectation that players should "self-report" violations, the "vast majority" of violations are discovered by the school, conference or NCAA. (What Ohio State forgot in that conclusion is the media is providing the bulk of the juicy stuff these days.)

"It is rare," the appeal states, "for a student-athlete to self-identify an impermissible benefits violation."

Kids these days. Why even try to make them do the right thing?

--Then Ohio State concludes that there is no incentive to come forward and telling the truth.

" ... a student-athlete's self-disclosure of violations does not "reward" student-athletes who DO come forward ..."

Paragraph 16 of the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Procedures and Policies states that there not be any competitive advantage. Ohio State not only gained a competitive advantage by those six players participating in the season, it also had a huge advantage in the Sugar Bowl when they played.

"There's no question that I don't understand how they were eligible to play in the game," Bobby Petrino said during this offseason. "I just don't and I never will. They [the NCAA] kind of changed the rules for that bowl game."

Ohio State essentially argued that the Sugar Bowl shouldn't have been a "trade off" for the fifth game. It goes on to argue succinctly that Paragraph 16 allows a bowl exemption if players are "innocently involved." If they are innocently involved, Ohio State says, then why a fifth game suspension?

In denying the appeal, the NCAA said: Players "had numerous opportunities to ask compliance or other members of staff regarding family circumstances and permissibility of selling items."

The school is on record as saying the extra benefits were taken during the players' freshmen and sophomore years (2008-09, 2009-10). It better hope that there is nothing beyond those years.

Talk about mixed message: Ohio State says its "targeted" rules education for players was begun in November 2009 in conjunction with the debut of the Nike "rivalry uniforms" for the Michigan game. Here's some good rules education: Don't tempt players to sell jerseys by giving them another set of collector "rivalry uniforms."

The appeal concludes with that 150-word paragraph stating that the players are sorry. The NCAA was not moved.
Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:43 am

One question

Where did Terrelle Pryor get the $10,000 to "reimburse" to local charity?  He had to cheat to get that money, too.  It's obvious that THE Ohio State University, just like their fans, are making excuses for the players instead of just admitting that they cheated.  I hope the NCAA grows a brain and a "set" before August and gives THE Ohio State University the death penalty they so richly deserve.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

All I'm hearing from the OSU fans is a big "WAAAAAAAH!"  Take your medicine OSU, and move on.  Crying about it, or trying to defend or minimize the cheating is simply making you look SAD!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:25 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

The Buckeye "Nuts" just continue to disseminate more excuses. Either they are only doing what everyone else is (supposedly) doing, although they have no proof, or they did some things that really weren't that bad, or the rules are stupid and shouldn't be rules; I guess meaning that since the Buckeye faithful deem them stupid rules, they are no longer required to adhere to them. Tressel cheated at Youngstown State, and now the preponderance of evidence would indicate that he did so virtually from day one at Ohio State. By that I mean the reprimands and comments from his reviews that are a part of his employee file. Unfortunately, as a Big Ten fan, the OSU faithful are making us all look stupid. The record of the SEC is well documented and factual. No conference violates rules like the SEC. They are certainly NCAA champions there! But when you are facing the kind of punishment that OSU is potentially facing, it just makes the OSU fans, and Big Ten fans as a whole look ridiculous. You only started yelling it from the mountain tops once you got caught! The SEC has already made the cheating lover mistake. They aren't sorry they did any of it, they are sorry that they got caught. OSU fans should demonstrate that they truly are sorry that it happened.  

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Dennis Dodd shamelessly wears SEC kneepads just like the rest of the CBS NCAA FB "writers".  Why don't we ever hear a slanderous thing about Cam Newton and Auburn, Lane Kiffin and Tennessee, Florida's 60 some arrests over a two year period, 30 of them coming in a National Championship year.... coming out of your clueless piehole you f0cking hack.   You suckle the teet of a conference that defines cheating in college football.   And yet you try to say six players selling THEIR OWN merchandise creates a competitive disadvantage??? The rule shouldn't exist in the first place.  Don't get all high and wouldn do the same thing Tressel did if six of your players broke an assinign rule, the view sure is great from the cheap seats isn't Dud?

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:42 am

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Dodd, can you confirm the rumor I heard that Barnum & Baileys is remodeling the shoe to look like a circus tent??
Michigan would sue for copyright infringement.

Mississippi State just scored again...

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:09 am

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:41 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Retard I'm not on Trial here.  OSU won't have to vacate every win.  I garuntee that. 

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 3:43 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

Cooper was your last legit wins thats a fact!  Your going to have to check on your wins again after the NCAA GETS DONE WITH YOU!

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:14 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

I'm an OSU Alum and Avid Tide fan.  You cannot be serious.  The 2nd most penalized team in sanctions in the NCAA right now.  Come on man!

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:11 pm

Inside the Ohio State NCAA documents

That is the dumbest thing you have ever spewed on this Board.  OSU was a large part of the contract with the Big 10 Network.  I highly doubt it.  This would be the NCAA gem everyone wants to see OSU get beatdown.  When this don't go the way you want and then OSU gets just probation your gonna hope some powerhouse comes and takes us to the whipping shed.  When that goes our way too,what will you have to hang your hat on then. 

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