OSU Jim Tressel
With all the delirious excitement/dread/photoshopping surrounding Tressel's resignation and the SI article further illuminating the Pryor fiasco, I wonder how all of these allegations will affect OSU's very highly-ranked basketball team. I don't remember if specific names were mentioned, but I do remember reading reports of athletes on the basketball team also receiving tattoos and nice car deals, or at least the insinuation finding some purchase with sources. It seems highly unlikely that the abuses we've seen perpetrated by the football team are restricted to just those athletes, as the basketball team has been at least as successful over the years as the footballers, and is a sport were violations occur frequently with high-end players.
I wouldn't be surprised if once the smoke clears, we see Thad Matta having to answer some very tough questions about some of his one-and-done players with questionable pasts (Byron Mullen, I'm looking at you). If the Lack of Institutional Control claim is brought against OSU for football and incriminating evidence surfaces for the basketball team as well, you may be able to see the resulting crater in Columbus from North Campus.
Interesting take on the yesterdays announcement of the NOA that Ohio State recieved last Friday from the writers at elevenwarriors. While I am not surprised that the consensus opinion among buckeyes is in favor of Tressel I am surprised at the depths to which they will go to justify that McCheatypants love.
Every tragedy has a well-intentioned idiot, and this one is no different. From the moment that Columbus attorney Christopher Cicero created a paper trail to Tatgate, Tressel had his work cut out for him. While he had options and could have acted more covertly, it's now abundantly clear that Tressel tried to abort Tatgate before it gestated into Tatgate. Immediately notifying the compliance department would have effectively birthed Tatgate last April. While he failed in the noble endeavor to ultimately make it go away, he kept it obscured until the Feds finally shot their publicity ray at it.
You know how many other FBS coaches would have hoped or tried for this episode to erase itself rather than give a glimpse of it to their compliance departments? All of them. This isn't the cop out of "it happens everywhere." This is the fundamental principle of risk mitigation that says if you think you can make trouble disappear rather than deal with its consequences, you make it disappear.
So basically the argument is that everyone would have done the same thing and we were simply unlucky enough to get caught. Hmmm.... sounds familiar. There is more about this article that is just so very wrong but try telling them that. Just thought it might give the mgoboard a good laugh.
It's good to see the administration at OSU seems to be bothered by how much tatgate is costing the school.
I don't know this website and a friend sent this link to me, so I am taking this with a big grain of salt. But it's on the internet so it must be true right?
Basically the article says that OSU will be hit with the following:
- All victories from the 2009 and 2010 season will be vacated
- Will not be televised for the 2011 season
- Will not be allowed to partake in post season bowl games for 2011 or 2012.
- Will lose 10 scholarships in 2011, and 5 per year in 2012 and 2013.
To anyone that was at the basketball game yesterday:
What were some of the more creative OSU/Jim Tressel chants and sayings? I wasn't able to hear the broadcast, and I figure there were some great ones.
COLUMBUS, OH-- The Ohio State University have chosen to embrace this latest chapter in their rich history of deflecting the guilt of wrongdoing, and have elected to carry this over into the school's primary athletic marks. Sources within the Athletic Department feel that the time is right to wear this reputation with pride both on the field and off, and are confident that if this is in fact the wrong decision, they will still be able to avoid taking any blame with some carefully worded legal prose.
And so, without further ado, The Ohio State University proudly unveils its new branding identity:
There is further talk of retiring the 'Brutus the Buckeye' mascot identity in favor of a feeble Catholic school nun who carries a soft, padded ruler, but no official timeline has been released at this time. GO SLAPPERS!