Posted by Adam Jacobi
For the Ohio State Buckeyes, their freshmen were causing a stir at the team's first news conference of the season sporting some snazzy black and red "JT" wristbands -- ostensibly in support of ousted head coach Jim Tressel, unless they too want to know why Justin Timberlake hasn't been making music recently. Probably more the Tressel thing though.
At any rate, the school (predictably) found out about the wristbands, and within a flash, said wristbands were no more:
Ohio State issued a recall on “JT” wristbands Wednesday night, hours after several freshmen football players wore them to a news conference as a show of support for former coach Jim Tressel.
“They were pulled back out of concern, just being cautious,” team spokesman Jerry Emig said yesterday, adding that their use had not been run past the compliance department before their distribution.
In other words, the athletic department wasn't concerned with the appearance of its football players supporting a recently fired coach who had probably just committed the worst NCAA violations in program history -- it was just concerned with potential compliance issues in case someone interpreted the players' actions as promoting the wristbands. Fine set of priorities the NCAA has fostered these days, isn't it?
Also, as Graham Watson correctly notes over at Y!, nobody showed up wearing a TP bracelet, nor has anyone apparently gone through the trouble of making one. Surely there must be a reason why Tressel's getting the "tragic hero" treatment while Terrelle Pryor's being left out in the cold once again, right?
[Photo via Fred Squillante, Columbus Dispatch]