i refuse to even consider this a possibility
A quote from Ed Rife's sentencing hearing:
A friend, Sean Abbott, said Rife often took him into his house when he was homeless and always cared for him.
After Abbott finished speaking, [Federal District Court Judge] Frost, laughing, said he had to ask Abbott where he got the Ohio State jersey he was wearing.
"I bought this one from Wal-Mart." Abbott said.
What kind of idiot testifies in support of a defendant in Federal Court wearing a sports jersey of the team related to a huge scandal the defendant was just involved in?
Article is behind the ESPN Insider paywall. Link here.
This is the first column from anonymous Coach X, who "helms a top NCAA football program". The column discusses the recent college footbal scandals and the pressure on college coaches to win.
Relevant Tressel bit:
From the average college fan's perspective, Tressel was about as clean as it gets. But for coaches who are actually in the business, well, we knew he did have some issues at Youngstown State, and there was a lot that went on with Maurice Clarett's situation after he got to Ohio State. To a lot of college coaches, seeing Tressel getting into this kind of trouble with the rules wasn't shocking.
I recommend the article for those with ESPN Insider. Pretty interesting stuff.
Screw it! I was on my way to the gym buuuuuuutttt...well!
Chris Spielman just finished up on ESPN:
"I'm not surprised, I mean you hear things and I believe that Coach for whatever reason and it's mysterious to a lot folks who follow this football team why he catered to Terrelle. And why there are a different set of rules for Terrelle Pryor. I have no idea why and that's the big mystery to me."
"More disturbing to me is that there's not a player or senior or leader on that football team that does not hear about the shenanigans that was going on with Terrelle and they didn't step up to stop it..."
He went on to mention the trouble Gene Smith is facing as more information surfaces.
I think we know why TP didn't come to A2. The deal just wasn't good enough!
Thanks to poster Ducatidoc for the motivation and money quote (above) from TP. =)
Added the audio (grab it here)