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trickskier
03-09-2011, 08:20 PM
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail last April telling him that two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules.

Tressel responded: "I will get on it ASAP."

But he never mentioned it to Ohio State's compliance department or his athletic director for more than nine months.

On Tuesday, Tressel was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined $250,000 for violating NCAA rules by failing to notify the school about the players' involvement. He also will receive a public reprimand and must make a public apology.

The NCAA is still investigating and could reject Ohio State's self-imposed penalties and add more sanctions.

"Obviously I'm disappointed that this happened at all," Tressel said. "I take my responsibility for what we do at Ohio State tremendously seriously and for the game of football. I plan to grow from this. I'm sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn't do things as well as I possibly could have."

Last December, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four teammates for the first five games on the 2011 season for selling jerseys, championship rings and trophies to a local tattoo parlor owner. The suspensions came just 16 days after the U.S. attorney told the school of a federal investigation that included players.

The school did not learn until January, however, that Tressel had been tipped off to the federal investigation back in April.

Jim Tressel and Ohio State always projected a certain image, but Tuesday's look in the mirror revealed a poor reflection, writes ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach. Story

Yahoo! Sports first reported Tressel's prior knowledge of the possible improper benefits on Monday.

"I think that your No. 1 critic is yourself," he said at a Tuesday night news conference. "You spend time thinking about how you can do things better. I don't think less of myself at this moment. I felt at the time as if I was doing the right thing for the safety of the young people and the overall situation."

Asked when he first realized that he had violated NCAA rules, Tressel blinked, faltered and hesitated -- momentarily speechless.

With Ohio State again being investigated by the NCAA, college football is digging out of yet another scandal. The 2010 season was weighed down from start to finish with NCAA issues, from North Carolina being investigated for players having improper contact with agents to the play-for-pay scheme involving Cam Newton's father that was uncovered in November.

Last week, Oregon announced the NCAA and Pac-10 was looking into the school's arrangement with a recruiting service.


The NCAA has faced criticism for going easy on rule-breakers, especially for letting Ohio State's guilty players participate in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and for not punishing Newton, the Auburn quarterback, for his father's misdeeds.

Tressel said he never thought of resigning, and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he never seriously considered firing Tressel for violating his contract, which specifies that he must immediately report any -- the word is underlined in the contract -- information which pertains to violations of NCAA, Big Ten or Ohio State bylaws and rules.

"Wherever we end up, Jim Tressel is our football coach," Smith said. "He is our coach, and we trust him implicitly."

On April 2, 2010, Tressel received an e-mail from a person he identified only as "a lawyer," who wrote that Ohio State players had been implicated in activities with Eddie Rife, a local tattoo-parlor owner, whom the federal government was investigating on charges of drug-trafficking. The e-mail, released to reporters but with the names redacted, said players were selling signed Buckeyes memorabilia and giving it to Rife in exchange for money and tattoos.

Tressel said he allowed the two players cited in the e-mail to play the entire 2010 season because he did not want to "interfere with a federal investigation" and worried that sitting eligible players would raise a "whole new set of questions."

The Buckeyes coach said he was trying to protect his players by not breaking the confidentiality of the federal investigation.

"Admittedly, I probably did not give quite as much thought to the potential NCAA part of things," he said.
Along with Pryor, starting receiver DeVier Posey, leading rusher Dan Herron, offensive lineman Mike Adams and backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas were suspended for selling memorabilia, but allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl, which the Buckeyes won 31-26 against Arkansas.

Shortly after Ohio State returned from New Orleans, the university began reviewing its information on an unrelated legal issue, Smith said Tuesday, and Tressel acknowledged he had not told everything he knew about his players and their relationship with the tattoo parlor and its owner.


Buckeye Breakdown


Jim Tressel was hired by Ohio State after John Cooper finished the 1999 and 2000 seasons unranked. In his time with the Buckeyes, Tressel has compiled an impressive résumé:

• 106-22 in 10 seasons.

• Won 2002 BCS national championship.

• 9-1 vs. Michigan, including seven straight wins.

• Eight BCS bowl berths with three BCS Championship Game appearances.

• In 2009, led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl since 1996.

• Six straight 10-win seasons and eight overall.

• Seven Big Ten titles, including at least a share of six straight.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"I plan to grow from this," Tressel said. "I'm sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn't do things as well as I possibly could have."

Ohio State president Gordon Gee said he and Tressel had discussed the violation at Gee's house for 3 hours one night.

Gee also said he had not considered dismissing the Buckeyes coach.

"No, are you kidding?" he said with a laugh. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."

This was not the first time Tressel or his players have run into problems with the NCAA.

Ray Isaac, a star quarterback at Youngstown State, accepted improper inducements including cars. Tressel was found to have done an incomplete investigation of those allegations, with Youngstown State later serving penalties. In addition, Maurice Clarett, who led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship, and Troy Smith, winner of the 2006 Heisman Trophy, were suspended by the NCAA for receiving money and other benefits from boosters.

In May of 2009, The Columbus Dispatch reported that since 2000, Ohio State had reported to the NCAA more than 375 violations -- the most of any of the 69 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that provided documents to the newspaper through public-records requests. Most of the infractions were minor and resulted in little or no punishment.

The Buckeyes open next season with games against Akron and Toledo, likely playing those without their coach and their star quarterback.

The team resumed workouts this week -- with all of the suspended players participating, and with Tressel in the middle of practice with a whistle around his neck.

ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman says Ohio State coach Jim Tressel didn't investigate the potential violations because he was trying to protect his players. Tressel needs to own his mistakes and be accountable for his actions.

trickskier
03-09-2011, 08:21 PM
Hey - CP --- 64939

TX.X-30 fan
03-09-2011, 08:39 PM
Thugs...............

DemolitionMan
03-09-2011, 09:24 PM
I guess we will see that sugar bowl win go away.

2RLAKE
03-09-2011, 09:35 PM
if they want to send a message, the NCAA should hammer him ... otherwise they condone his actions. He withheld information and lost his integrity ... is it OK to lie?

Footin
03-09-2011, 10:42 PM
I figured this thread was coming.

CantRepeat
03-09-2011, 10:46 PM
Thugs...............

lol they sold two shirts for $25 bucks each... :D:D Coach has to pay $250k for it.

2RLAKE
03-09-2011, 11:04 PM
I figured this thread was coming.

sorry but its hard to believe he was cognizant of the issue and did not tell the school officials ... that is very different from the image he has

ddanenberger
03-09-2011, 11:39 PM
He knew what he was doing. Just got caught. bowls are big money- big recruiting for future players. I hope he doesn't bring down a great program.

captain planet
03-09-2011, 11:46 PM
Hey - CP --- 64939

Yea, I saw this on the news last night. I'm a bit suprised by this. I guess the closest being I recognize as a deity has flaws. You could tell at the press conference he was pretty ashamed and visibly shaken up. So much for the 2011 season.

So Tricky, where did your team finish last season? :rolleyes:

captain planet
03-09-2011, 11:47 PM
I guess we will see that sugar bowl win go away.

Yea, just like the heisman from Reggie Bush. :rolleyes::confused:

trickskier
03-10-2011, 07:47 AM
Yea, I saw this on the news last night. I'm a bit suprised by this. I guess the closest being I recognize as a deity has flaws. You could tell at the press conference he was pretty ashamed and visibly shaken up. So much for the 2011 season.

So Tricky, where did your team finish last season? :rolleyes:

Ahead of Ohio Snake once the NCAA makes them forfeit last season --- :D

trickskier
03-10-2011, 07:50 AM
I guess we will see that sugar bowl win go away.

I see what you're saying - When they have to forfeit last season, that means Ohio Snake has still never beaten an SEC Team!!!

Yo CP -- Trussell just flushed last season -- 64953

jkski
03-10-2011, 08:12 AM
Does anyone really believe that Tressel knew about this and did not tell the university, or that he actually reads all of his own emails? I believe that Tressel knew, but this has a university size cover-up written all over it, with the help of the NCAA. They tried to keep it quiet however, someone pressed on digging into the story after the season was over and in order for the university to save face, they had to put a scapegoat out front.....Mr.Tressel. I have never seen someone so uncomfortable in front of media, albeit it would be very tough to stand there and apologize, etc., however, it sure looked like he was reading from a script that he had not seen before and talking about a story that he was not fully on-board with.
So, the university and all of thier athletic programs avoid further NCAA investigations by simply localizing this to Tressel and the NCAA made their money by letting the playes play in the bowl game. Now that everything is over, they can strip the wins but does anyone give the money back???
It's all about money!

ntidsl
03-10-2011, 10:51 AM
I don't follow sports at all but did hear a bit about this yesterday and wow are people quick to trash this guy. I am not sure why the bad feelings toward him, maybe he is the devil of college sports I'm not sure. My dad always used to talk about all poor grad rate of college athletes at certain schools, kentucky basketball for example. I just never had time nor the desire to follow sports at all. BUT...what if the feds said to Tressel, you are not allowed to interfere in this investigation at all or say anything at all or reprimand these kids, this is a federal investigation?!?!

I'd rather be fined by NCAA that sitting in federal prison.

When those facts come out those who are slammig this guy now without all the facts should face up...if those facts dont come out....wow, he's a snake...

captain planet
03-10-2011, 11:24 AM
Does anyone really believe that Tressel knew about this and did not tell the university, or that he actually reads all of his own emails? I believe that Tressel knew, but this has a university size cover-up written all over it, with the help of the NCAA. They tried to keep it quiet however, someone pressed on digging into the story after the season was over and in order for the university to save face, they had to put a scapegoat out front.....Mr.Tressel. I have never seen someone so uncomfortable in front of media, albeit it would be very tough to stand there and apologize, etc., however, it sure looked like he was reading from a script that he had not seen before and talking about a story that he was not fully on-board with.
So, the university and all of thier athletic programs avoid further NCAA investigations by simply localizing this to Tressel and the NCAA made their money by letting the playes play in the bowl game. Now that everything is over, they can strip the wins but does anyone give the money back???
It's all about money!

I agree 100%. The story trotted out is that Tressel 'didn't know who to tell when he found out'....I'm calling BS on that story. Who the 'F' believes that? Tressel is a class act, always has been, always will be. Everyone can get on the Tressel beat-down bandwagon, but to trash this guy is blasphemy.

I said it before and I'll say it again...if the NCAA was REALLY serious about punishing Ohio State for this BS, they would have suspened those players for the Suger Bowl.......but who REALLY loses in that sceneario? Those whose pockets will be effected by the loss of interest in the game....the NCAA. I'm sure Allstate had something to say about the "Allstate Suger Bowl" being as interesting as it could be.

Have fun with this all you like Tricky.....but one of these days your hat will be in my possession and the pictures will be endless.

captain planet
03-10-2011, 02:25 PM
I see what you're saying - When they have to forfeit last season, that means Ohio Snake has still never beaten an SEC Team!!!

Yo CP -- Trussell just flushed last season -- 64953

Uh, to qualify that statement, they hadn't beaten an SEC team in a bowl game. And I'm sure you still don't count it since it turns out Mallet is a druggie.

trickskier
03-10-2011, 05:57 PM
Have fun with this all you like Tricky.....but one of these days your hat will be in my possession and the pictures will be endless.

LOL --- Yeah, a lot like I have footin's hat --- :D



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Footin
03-10-2011, 07:46 PM
I think there is ALOT more behind this story, Tressel is not spilling everything yet....

Hey Tricky, word is in C-bus that Urban Cryer want the job if Tressel is let go?????

TX.X-30 fan
03-10-2011, 08:01 PM
lol they sold two shirts for $25 bucks each... :D:D Coach has to pay $250k for it.





Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail last April telling him that two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules



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TX.X-30 fan
03-10-2011, 08:07 PM
The money has ruined the game on all levels, if the public only knew all the stuff these schools and coaches cover-up.

captain planet
03-10-2011, 09:36 PM
The money has ruined the game on all levels, if the public only knew all the stuff these schools and coaches cover-up.

No kidding. This last episode proves it. If the NCAA was serious, Pryor and the rest of those guys would not have been allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. Instead they have to sit out against cupcakes in the games outside the Big 10 schedule. How much money is lost by the NCAA when they don't play in those games?

CantRepeat
03-10-2011, 09:55 PM
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail last April telling him that two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules



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$25 bucks in shirt and unproven drug charges. As in caught up in, not a legal standard that I know of.

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Panda Cub
03-11-2011, 09:37 AM
Here is my input to this whole situation:

Jim Tressel dates trannies.

TX.X-30 fan
03-11-2011, 10:57 AM
$25 bucks in shirt and unproven drug charges. As in caught up in, not a legal standard that I know of.

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I can do ?????????????? if you have a question then post it. ;)




I don't need your help senoir, I will post as I see fit.......................:mikey:


I didn't say they sold drugs but they would not be the 1st college athletes that did.

TX.X-30 fan
03-11-2011, 10:59 AM
Here is my input to this whole situation:

Jim Tressel dates trannies.





Allegedly.........:D

Panda Cub
03-11-2011, 11:21 AM
Jim Tressel facts are a specialty of mine. Jim Tressel drinks wine coolers as well as dates trannies. Rumor has it that he gets all hopped up on wine coolers then goes and picks up some of columbus's finest trannies.

If anyone needs more Jim Tressel info please contact me.

rsmith_5568
03-11-2011, 02:30 PM
good stuff keep the tressel facts comming

captain planet
03-11-2011, 03:15 PM
good stuff keep the tressel facts comming

Is your avatar the "House that Appalachia State Built"? :rolleyes:8p

.....or was it Toledo?

CantRepeat
03-11-2011, 03:39 PM
I don't need your help senoir, I will post as I see fit.......................:mikey:



I almost died laughing!! :D:D:D

CantRepeat
03-11-2011, 03:40 PM
Allegedly.........:D

I think there was video on Fox and Friends this morning. :confused:

Double D
03-18-2011, 01:00 PM
Still seems like a stand up guy to me.. I am sure there are plenty of coaches that know more dirt on players than just selling stuff. Would any other coach do this?

______________________________________
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now that the NCAA has finalized its ruling that five Ohio State football players who took improper benefits are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel says he wants the same punishment.

On Thursday night, the NCAA denied Ohio State's appeal on behalf of the players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, reasserting that they must sit out the first five games this fall for selling autographed memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos.

Tressel had been handed a two-game suspension in a separate investigation by Ohio State after it was discovered he had not notified the NCAA, his Ohio State bosses or the school's compliance department that he was aware for more than nine months -- including throughout his team's 12-1 season in 2010 -- of the players' improper benefits.

"Throughout this entire situation, my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do this together," he said in a statement. "I spoke with athletic director [Gene] Smith, and our student-athletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions."

Ohio State had learned of Tressel's knowledge of his players' NCAA violations while preparing a seven-page appeal to the NCAA of the players' suspensions. On March 8, the university announced Tressel would sit out the first two games of the 2011 season.

But before the NCAA could rule on his punishment, he added three games to his penalty.

"Coach Tressel has requested that he sit out the first five games of the 2011 season. I have accepted his request and we are taking action to notify the NCAA," Smith said in a statement. He declined further comment.

The NCAA announced the decision Thursday night -- in the midst of the first day of the men's basketball tournament. The Buckeyes are the No. 1 overall seed and will play Texas-San Antonio in the second round Friday in Cleveland.

Pryor, along with starting offensive lineman Mike Adams, leading rusher Dan Herron, first-team receiver DeVier Posey and backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, acknowledged they sold rings, trophies and apparel in 2009.

In addition to sitting out the first five games against Akron, Toledo, the University of Miami, Colorado and Michigan State, they also must repay to charity the equivalent of the benefits they received, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 each.

"Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made," Tressel said in the statement. "I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together."

Tressel's and the players' suspensions apply only to game days. Tressel will be allowed to coach during practice all week, and the players will be allowed to participate.

Ohio State disclosed the proposed penalties against six football players (another was assessed only a one-game suspension) in December. But the NCAA permitted all to play in the Buckeyes' 31-26 victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

Tressel had repeatedly told investigators that he knew nothing about the players' violations. His contract stipulates that he must disclose any potential violations or face dismissal.

Yet he signed an NCAA disclosure form last September that he was unaware of any violations -- even though he had exchanged e-mails in April and June with a Columbus lawyer who told him of his players' relationship with a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner and of the benefits the players had received.

Tressel has said he didn't tell anyone because he felt bound by confidentiality, since the tattoo-parlor owner was the subject of a federal drug-trafficking investigation. The 11th-year coach of the Buckeyes said he was concerned for his players' safety, and said he never even considered that the players' acceptance of the improper benefits might affect their eligibility.

In addition to the original two-game suspension, Ohio State also said Tressel must pay a fine of $250,000 of his estimated annual salary of $3.5 million, must attend a compliance seminar, will receive a public reprimand and must apologize for his actions.

In several speaking engagements in the past week in front of supportive fans -- at most of his appearances he was met with a standing ovation -- Tressel has said he regrets his actions and has apologized for embarrassing the university.

There is no timeline for any additional actions by the NCAA regarding Tressel.

The NCAA still could vacate Ohio State's 2010 season because Tressel knowingly used ineligible players.

trickskier
03-28-2011, 11:05 AM
Still seems like a stand up guy to me.. I am sure there are plenty of coaches that know more dirt on players than just selling stuff. Would any other coach do this?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now that the NCAA has finalized its ruling that five Ohio State football players who took improper benefits are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel says he wants the same punishment.


This is nothing but smoke & mirrors on Tressel's part. Reminds me of Otis Taylor locking himself up in the Mayberry jail before Barney can arrest him for public intoxication --- 8p

captain planet
03-28-2011, 01:56 PM
Yawn.......

Footin
03-28-2011, 07:59 PM
Is this why Urban Meyer bought a house in Columbus last week?

trickskier
03-28-2011, 09:35 PM
Is this why Urban Meyer bought a house in Columbus last week?

You can have him!!!

captain planet
03-29-2011, 01:18 PM
You can have him!!!

Wow, the guy brings you 2 of your 3 championships (compared to Ohio State's 7 championships) and that is how you treat him?

I guess that is the difference between a florida fan and an Ohio State fan, you bring Ohio State a championship and you will forever be honored within our state. If florida its "what have you done for me lately".

DemolitionMan
03-29-2011, 01:36 PM
Maybe he can recruit some more stand up guys like Maurice Clarett.:D

trickskier
03-29-2011, 07:10 PM
Wow, the guy brings you 2 of your 3 championships (compared to Ohio State's 7 championships) and that is how you treat him?

I guess that is the difference between a florida fan and an Ohio State fan, you bring Ohio State a championship and you will forever be honored within our state. If florida its "what have you done for me lately".

Florida fans honor LOYALTY - Urban laid down on his team last year - Even you should have been able to see that. He and Adazio (What an IDIOT!!!) completely destroyed John Brantley's confidence!

I am extremely happy with the Gators new coaching staff, and firmly believe they will contend for the National Championship this year! :D

ShamrockIV
03-29-2011, 07:24 PM
wow he will sit out for appy state and sisters of the poor. what a joke

trickskier
03-29-2011, 07:54 PM
wow he will sit out for appy state and sisters of the poor. what a joke

Yeah - TOUGH Opponents!!! :D

captain planet
03-31-2011, 12:54 AM
Yeah - TOUGH Opponents!!! :D

Yea, cuz Florida Atlantic, UAB, and Furman are first class opponents!

trickskier
04-02-2011, 09:26 AM
Tressel Apologizes ---

http://search.espn.go.com/tressel/

trickskier
04-02-2011, 09:31 AM
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GT500 MC
04-28-2011, 11:19 AM
Buckeye fans - what do you think of vest-boy now?

I must say, being from M and a die-hard maize/blue fan, I was a bit surprised to hear about the allegations of cover-ups (albeit minor, IMO) of Tress. He has kicked our a**es for ten years now, but there was always some kind of consolation in knowing he was doing it on the up and up and running a clean program. Now I'm not so sure.

trickskier
05-31-2011, 02:28 PM
Looks like Tressel's resigning is only the Tip of the Iceberg!!!

The Ohio State football program is going to sink faster than the Titanic!!!

Don't worry CP they should be Bowl eligible again in about 10 years!!!

DemolitionMan
06-01-2011, 05:20 PM
Looks like Tressel's resigning is only the Tip of the Iceberg!!!

The Ohio State football program is going to sink faster than the Titanic!!!

Don't worry CP they should be Bowl eligible again in about 10 years!!!

First LeBron now Tressel the state of Ohio is screwed!!!!!!!!!!

NU-skier
06-09-2011, 10:34 AM
Just heard that North Carolina has a guy that The Ohio State is looking at for a replacement.
They believe he will be able to continue the traditions there without missing a beat.
Rumor is that it's John Edwards.

I believe I am really going to enjoy this move to the Big T-E-N with new fans to poke.
Have to admit, this is almost as funny as Texas going 5-7 last year with a stacked team.