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While rumors of his demise have been exaggerated, Jim Tressel did have a press conference today. He actually apologized for the violations and introduced linebacker coach Luke Fickell as his replacement during his five game suspension.
He did not fire Gordon Gee either.
Apparently OSU is also wearing a new helmet this Spring to "honor the military." I think this is the design:
At the risk of ridicule, are Pryor and the other suspended Buckeye's suspensions actually finalized? I know the NCAA denied the appeal of their suspensions, but I'm unclear whether or not the revelation about Tressel covering up the violations was taken into consideration. When the Committee meets to determine his fate, is Pryor's final year at stake as well?
It seems obvious that the players played an entire season while ineligible and with the NCAA's tendency to mete out eye for an eye type punishment, is their whole season in jeopardy?
Dr Saturday's take:
But the worst part of the story, the moment when one of the most respected men in the profession really begins to look a truly naked, self-interested villain, is the moment he decides to keep going — to bite his tongue, bury his doubts, and join the lobby to defer the offending players' suspensions to the 2011 season to keep them on the field against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.
Those of us who read Matt Hinton's work daily will recognize this as perhaps his strongest stance against any accused violator of NCAA rules. It's a measure of how far Tressel has fallen in the eyes of most casual observers and relatively unbiased media members that Matt excoriates him in this manner.
Apparently, the obnoxious osu fans have so insulted and harrased one of their own, Herbstreit, that he just moved his family out of Columbus. http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2011/03/11/rumblings-3-11-art-gl0bu32m-1.html
This is not only further evidence that osu fans are douchebags (like we need any more), but that Rome is falling. First, Tat-5, then Tresselgate, and now they've run their favorite son out of town for being "fair and objective."
Unless some federal law enforcement agency comes forward and says that they told Tressel and osu to keep Tat-5 "confidential," which seems really unlikely but possible, I think that Tressel forwarded those emails and the whole osu house is going to come crumbling down.
For once, it's nice to live in Columbus. I get to watch the carnage first-hand.
Oh yeah, in other TT news, osu reversed its original position on suspending Tressel for spring and summer ball. Whatever carless lawyer drafted their initial statement is now fired.
I just hope that Brady can capitalize on all of this self-implosion. Go Blue!
On this website you can search cases of NCAA violations using a variety of factors, like which violation or even keywords: https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/miSearch. It's pretty cool.
If there are any MGoBlogers out there with extra time and an interest in seeing how Tresselgate could/should go down, an analysis of similar situations would be awesome. A diary of it would be worth paying for.
 - OSU should be looking at violations for: (1) failure to report knowledge of violations; (2) unethical conduct; (3) failure to monitor; (4) ineligible participation; and (5) failure to withold ineligible student-athletes from competition. They could be looking at: lack of institutional control it those emails were forwarded (which seems to be the case from Tressel's "uh-huh" response to the reporter's question before Smith shut him up).