chance of bowl: 13.6%
tatgate cheaters who cheat
The Ohio season is finally over. 6-7 finish topped off by loss to a mediocre Florida squad 17-24.
2011 counts the first losing record for Ohio football program since 1988 (John Cooper 1st year) and 1966 (Woody Hayes) before that.
No championship and no bowl next year for Ohio, so only role to play appears to be "spoiler" in 2012.
I find this absolutely unbelievable. So the NCAA will go after a few hundred extra dollars in unearned pay, but paying the legal fees involved is somehow ok. Even if you work for a Company that is paying you a salary, legal fees generally don't get covered if you were doing something corrupt.
Apparently there is some speculation around Fox Sports that even if there is a supplemental NFL draft, our buddy TP might not meet requirements.
“If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to FOXSports.com on Sunday. “It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft).”
Aiello cited examples of “unforeseen” changes as players who were kicked off their college teams, declared academically ineligible or graduated and then decided to leave school. Pryor doesn’t qualify on any of those fronts.
These situations are decided on a case by case basis, and I personally have trouble believing that he would be denied, but I hope he didn't already throw away the phone number for the Seskatchewan Roughriders.
I commented in another thread where I made this analogy, but I'd like to take it further.
As I read the response from a significant chunk of the OSU fanbase over the last few days, all that sprung to mind was this....
(Sorry, don't know how to embed).
Here is my interpretation of Buckeye fans as Chappelle:
Us: "You know, Tressel has been accused of this more than once."
Them: "So?! Some people say cucumbers taste better pickled."
Us: "So, what exactly would it take for you to believe that Tressel knew of these improprieties?
Them: "If there was video of Tressel watching Pryor receive cash from Dennis Talbott in exchange for autographed goods ... and Talbott was holding up 2 forms of government ID ... and then Tressel was over at Fine Line Ink watching Pryor hand over stolen goods, then supervising while Pryor received a new tattoo ... with Devier Posey and Boom Herron in the background smoking blunts and playing XBox, someone from Eleven Warriors there taking notes ... and with Ted Sarniak there to confirm Pryor's identity."
Us: "Can you at least acknowledge that Tressel more than likely knew what was happening?"
Them: "I'm sorry, sir. My buckeye-ness won't allow me to admit that."
Note: I believe that last quote came from a different Chappelle skit. Oh well.
OSU Student Paper: "Behind Hoke, Michigan football program is now in better shape than Ohio State’s"
Drink in those Buckeye tears my maize and blue brethren.
From a PR point of view, tOSU lost control of this story when someone in their athletic office ratted them out to Yahoo. So what do you think was the plan for disclosure?
Around here, the traditional choice would be opening day of the MLB season, something that will knock it off the front pages asap. No such luck in Columbus however.