Anyone that had knowledge of the way Tressel ran the program at YSU is not surprised that these infractions keep nipping him in the butt. He always maintains an arm's distance from these things so that he can have some deniability. It is a little different in the computer age, however, since everything leaves a footprint. Now, the truth about Jim is out and he is no different than any other coach at a big-time school. The vest, wire-rimmed glasses, books, and the "aw-shucks" demeanor is only a front. His lying to investigators should cost him the same suspension as the players plus one game because he is the "adult" and knows better. He continues to make deals with the devil and skates around the perimeter of right and wrong. Well, the emporer has no clothes!
YES . YES , YES
I truly don't think Jim Tressel or his players deserve suspenions. The items that were sold or exchanged belonged to the players. If something belongs to you, you should then have the right to do with the items as you please. I am sure Jim was only trying to protect his players as he is a decent and moral man. Everyone is always out to get him. But they sure support him when they win a game. If you support someone it has to go both ways. I support Jim Tressel and all the Ohio State players. Go Bucks!!!
It's all hypocracy! So is Tressel supposed to babysit these "students" all their college career?
Why do students go to college? To study for a career. So, why the hypocracy of differentiating an athlete's career from that of any other student's career? X goes to college to become an attorney or CPA; Y goes to college because this is usually the road to the NFL. Rarely if ever, will a free agent come from high school to play in the NFL...more like it's never.
Maybe the NCAA ought to drop this "holier than thou" attitude they have. So X goes to college to become an attorney and is lucky enough to do some "gofer" work for some legal firm and gets paid for it. This is good; it is laudatory. Why all the fuss if some kid like Y goes to school with the object of being a defensive end or running back for the Browns and gets the chance to play a little for the Browntown Bombers of the "Whaterver League" for a couple bucks? So he looses his "amateur" status; big deal!
All this crap about the NCAA rules and fining players and suspending coaches sounds like something from some horror movie. Give the player credit. He's trying to reach HIS GOAL. To be the best at football, just like X wants to be the best attorney he can.
"There is nothing in this world that a crisis can not be created for". (Anonymously attributed to a politician in Washington DC)
Changed my vote to NO NO NO !!! He should be fired and never be allowed in sports again. He was the Boss., He was in charge, He looked the other way, He let it go on . Rules are Rules and should be followed until they get changed . But those that broke them should not get a pass . I know that was not the question but it is how I feel .
We are finding out that Mr. Clean is not so clean. Yes he is a good coach, but he is not above the rules. Rules are set for everybody to follow. He should be suspended the same number of games as his players. After the investigation is complete, he might be.
For those of us living in Ohio, who don't see everything through scarlet and grey glasses, we've known that St. Tressel is as dirty as the day is long for some time now. Now the rest of the world knows that he lies and cheats. He covers up rules violations and then tries to explain away the deception with all kinds of embarrassing excuses. He lied to everyone about it and pleaded ignorance — the same ignorant excuse he used in 2002 when Maurice Clarett was driving around town in free cars, in 2004 when Troy Smith was taking money from a booster and previously in the late '80s and early '90s when Ray Isaac's pockets were stuffed at Youngstown State under his watch.
The people who believed in St. Tressel, who were drawn into his Eagle Scout act for a decade, now know he is just like all the other coaches in big-time college sports who have cheated. The thing is tOSU fans are blind to it all. As long as Tressel can keep beating Michigan and winning Big Ten championships, he's OK in their book.
I don’t see how the NCAA can let them off the hook again. They blew their chances with the Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith investigations, but they have him red handed with this one. St. Tressel committed two of college athletics' cardinal sins: covering up a scandal and then misleading investigators. These are the same charges that the NCAA used to nail USC. He’ll be suspended for the season, they’ll lose scholarships, they’ll be banned from the post season, they’ll have to vacate all of their wins from the 2010 season, etc... It’s going to be ugly or beautiful, depending on what side of the fence you sit.
Ohio State could have easily terminated Tressel under the terms of his contract. Instead, OSU's message was clear: Just win, baby.
Let's look at a summary of his career highlights:
- 34 player arrests
- At least 13 players, if not more, being ruled ineligible by the NCAA for various reasons
- Numerous off the field incidents and violations that were questionable or show tOSU in a bad light
- Choking QB
- $500 handshakes
- 3 full blown NCAA investigations, one of which led to the program being put on probation for 3 years, March 2006 - March 2009
- A convicted felon, Jonathan Skeete, allowed to walk on the team
- A pedophile, Albert Dukes, allowed on the team
- Maurice Clarett
- The Tat-5 scandal
"You’ll be proud of our young men in the classroom, you'll be proud of them in the community. But most of all, you’ll be proud of our young men on the playing field." - St. Tressel
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