Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Here is a link to the release by OSU and copies of the emails between Tressel and, apparently, this lawyer guy. It sounds bad to me. He obviously knew several specific details. His comments about pounding the guys to grow up (that's what he said), and about holding the BigTen rings from certain players, are weak as hell.
So my question to you all is who will get a harsher penalty? the oregon ducks for paying people for getting recruits to sign with them or the NCAA golden boy, Saint tressel. I have a sick feeling that makes me think that they won't get much more than there self imposed crap. my wish would have been scholarships gone over tressel being suspended.
Hey NCAA, I'm looking at you. heres your chance to make things right.
Ok, I know there is already another forum about the press conference, but I think this is an important thing to note:
Jim Tressel made it clear that the first e-mail was about a federal investigation, involving drug trafficking no less. This is a very serious issue. An e-mail seems like a very informal way of introducing this issue to a head coach. Hell, it would be informal to tell the athletic director and the president of a university about such a thing.
But wait, neither Gene Smith or G. Gordon Gee were aware of this incident? Wouldn't a federal investigation be something both the head of athletics and university as a whole would need to know? OSU would have to at least be notified about the investigation by the feds investigating it since it involves students that attend their university. I know at my school, whenever any criminal act on or off campus occurs, the entire student body and faculty are notified of it. I can't imagine OSU is any different.
This would mean that this same issue would be known by at least 2 other people, if not more in the compliance and legal departments of the university.
I have no reason to believe Tressel lied at his press conference. I have too much respect for the man. However, there has to be a cover-up somewhere down in Columbus. The next couple of months should be very interesting to see when more and more information about this trafficking issue arise.
THANK YOU for showing up
THANK the NCAA for bending him over a table
THANK Tressel for fucking this whole thing up
THANK Gordon Gee for not opening up his mouth and getting us in more trouble.
THANK T. Pryor for being a gigantic douchebag
How many times did that guy use "thanks" when I'm guessing he really didn't mean it?
You and I do this all the time.
"Boy Fred I really need to send the IRS a thank you for coming in and auditing the hell out of me. That IRS agent needs a special thanks for fining me thousands of dollars."
I just spoke to Ohio DB Allen Gant (6'1", 182 lbs) and he told me the Michigan coaches invited him up to Ann Arbor this Thursday. He said he's hoping that they offer, but he's not sure if they will.
If the coaches do offer Gant he said he's still going to take his time with the process and let everything play out.