Random Thought #029: This is Nothing New for Tressel

9 Mar

Maybe Terrell Pryor was just trying to feed his family like Sprewell?! LOL

For the sake of its own credibility, the NCAA needs to slap a heavier punishment on Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel.

A lot of people out there are comparing this situation to Dez Bryant flat out lying to the NCAA and losing the remainder of his eligibility. The two don’t equate for one reason: Tressel never talked directly to the NCAA about the matter.

That being said, let’s be real for a minute here, Tressel said he didn’t know what to do or who to go to with the information as his source seeked anonymity. Okay, let’s say I buy that (even though you’ve been at OSU for ten years), the fact that you’ve got former players saying that players have been getting hooked up with tatoos since you’ve been there, makes me think that while you may have known about this specific incident since April, you’ve been turning a blind eye to this your entire regime.

Seems like every star Tressel's had has taken cars, clothes and cash - Including 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith

Tressel’s a good man, let’s not get it twisted, but let’s look at his track record for a second. You’re the leader of the football team, and last time I checked, when the company f’s up it falls on the leaders head, not the followers.

2010: Players get caught up trading memorabilia for tatoos and money.
2010: Sports Illustrated runs a story where former agent, Josh Luchs, stated:

In November 2005, Steve and I flew to Ohio State to talk to receiver Santonio Holmes. We met him outside the football building, and he said, “Listen, I want to save you the time. We don’t need to meet. I’ve been taking money from [an agent] the last couple years, and he’s been taking care of my family too.”

2005: Troy Smith received both cash and loaner cars from boosters, and was suspended two games for receiving $500 from Robert Q. Baker, an OSU booster. He sat out the Alamo Bowl in ’05 and the first game of the ’06 season – He went on to win the Heisman that year.

2003: Maurice Clarett receives preferential treatment from a professor, cars and cash, then files a false claim on $10K worth of merchandise, and took thousands of dollars in improper benifits.

1994: Youngstown State receives a letter from the NCAA regarding Ray Isaacs, a QB at Youngstown State from 1988-91, who took $10,000 and loaner cars over the course of his career. Tressel was cleared of having any knowledge of the cash or cars, but fellow players at Youngstown knew, including star running back, Shawn Patton, who admitted that there was no way that Tressel couldn’t have known about the cars that Isaac was driving around town, or of the cash that Isaac was receiving.

I think I’ve made my point – Tressel’s been turning his head away from violations since at least ’88. Someone’s got to draw the line in the sand. Too bad the NCAA is too busy worrying about making money to care… some non-profit org they are…

– Chris McCoy

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