no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
Jason Lloyd is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he is well known especially in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area. He was one of my favorite sports columnists.
Jason absolutely kills it in this article, and before he wrote it he even tweeted, "Attention OSU apologists: Don't read tomorrow's column in the ABJ. Then we'll kiss and make up before next Cavs game. Deal?"
Some quotes :
-"Typically, lying to all of those people is a fireable offense — it's even written into his contract as such. But Tressel is returning to work today as the football coach at Ohio State University because of six consecutive Big Ten championships, a 9-1 record against Michigan and a national championship soiled in the same stains that cloak the program again today."
-"School officials didn't discover the e-mails until stumbling upon them while investigating a separate matter. Otherwise, it's fair to assume Tressel never was going to come forward with his knowledge or the e-mails.
He would've simply strolled through life and pleaded ignorance, just as he did when Clarett was cashing in with cars and Isaac and Troy Smith were taking cash payments from boosters."
For your reading pleasure:
According to Mark Schlabach's article on espn.com, OSU president Gordon Gee admitted where the real power lies in Columbus:
Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel.
"No, are you kidding me?" Gee said. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
Gee was the president of my undergraduate school (not OSU) for a few years after I graduated, and I learned a little about him through the alumni magazine. Principally, he's kind of a weasel, which makes him a perfect fit for OSU. In addition, he likes to think of himself as kind of clever and cavalier (hence those stupid bow ties). So I'm sure he would say that his remark was just in jest. I think it's closer to the bone than he'd like to admit.
Here's a link to the article.
Oh God, seriously... this just aches...
A drama class in Beginning Improvising and another in Social Dances of North America III were among dozens of classes on a closely guarded quarterly list distributed only to Stanford athletes to help them choose classes.
The list, which has existed since at least 2001, was widely regarded by athletes as an easy class list. More than a quarter of the courses on the list did not fulfill university general education requirements.
The classes on the list were "always chock-full of athletes and very easy A's," said Kira Maker, a soccer player who used the list her freshman year.
Stanford officials say the list was designed to accommodate athletes' demanding schedules and have disputed that it was made up of easy courses. But officials discontinued it last week after reporters began asking about it.
God, Harbaugh is becoming the new Kiffen... He HAD to know about this system and still made his comments about UM. You think football players weren't aware of this?
But student athletes said they had picked up a copy of the list and left. In some cases, no advising took place.
"Literally, when you walk into the (resource center) right next to the door, it's right there," said Ryan Sudeck, a junior on the crew team.
"I never used it before this year," he said. "But this quarter it was like, 'Oh, I need an easy class to boost my GPA.' "
The Lantern, the student paper at Ohio States, says that Tressel should be fired. http://www.thelantern.com/sports/give-tressel-the-boot-1.2083500
Money quote: "At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm."
So, as to not start another thread on what events have taken place with Tressel and tOSU I thought I would start a thread looking forward. I think it goes without saying that this will end up harming the buckeyes on the recruiting trail. For those of you, who are more insiders than myself, I was wondering if we could get some insight into potentially how much this will help. I believe that the guys we are going after that are die-hard buckeyes will stay that way even if, some major sanctions were to come down. My question is who is holding offers from M & tOSU that, through these recent happenings, may start leaning more towards the good guys, that were maybe on the fence or at least leaning toward the buckeyes.
Can't wait to watch the fall, go blue.
Edit: I understand this may take some time to develop but, I thoguht it interesting to discuss instead of the countless redundant Tressel threads.
Charles Robinson, one of the investigative reporters for Yahoo! Sports, was just interviewed on the Waddle and Silvie show on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago. He stated that there are two additional high-profile stories he is working on, on which will break within the next few weeks and another that looks like it will break in August. Mr. Robinson was prodded fairly hard by Tom Waddle, but would not divulge any individual or institutional names. He was asked to rate the Tressel story on a scale of 1-10 scale, and gave it an 8. Mr. Robinson rated the story to be broken this month as a 6-7, and gave the late-summer story a 10-rating, without hesitation.
This ends any seculation that this was the "big one," even though most of us thought that already. And the plot thickens.....