Has to be loving this stuff more than anyone who is not a Wolverine. SC is yesterday's news. There's a new cheat in town, and every week brings more revelations of how extensive the cheating has been.
ESPN OTL: Terrelle Pryor made $20-$40k autographing memorabilia
Lack of institutional control seems likely. Makes Bush's dealings with the would-be agent or whatever seem positively rational, even normal.
Few things are interesting enough to get me to read 200+ comments in a thread. Best so far is the person who pointed out that this is all very close to what Clarett was saying.
Have to wonder what the penalties could be. If half of what has come out is true, one possibility would be to ban Tressel from ever coaching again in the NCAA. As for the institution, I don't know -- USC-type penalties seem inadequate, even if doubled or tripled in length. Not letting the coach walk away would be a good start, and there's vacating wins and such, but beyond that scholarship restrictions don't seem like enough. As someone else suggested, maybe the Big Ten has to get involved, because they seem like the only ones who can hit OSU where it actually hurts -- $.
If there isn't, I have a sick feeling in my stomach that this is Maurice Clarett all over again. The NCAA has to punish Ohio State because the Vest signed that compliance form.
However, as of right now, Pryor is obligated to answer exactly ZERO of the NCAA's questions. If wealthy boosters want to hand him a few hundred thousand dollars now to keep his mouth shut, the NCAA can't do anything about it. Which we all know is exactly what happened with Clarett.
If he didn't claim a "few hundred thousand dollars" from wealthy boosters on his tax return. If the IRS starts poking around because of any income he might have received from sold memorabilia, cash payouts for silence would almost surely turn up. I'm not sure if even Pryor is that stupid.
You're right about Pryor, but I could care less what happens to him from here on out. After zero punishment was handed to Ohio State for Clarett, or to Auburn for Newton, I'm just hoping something can be proven to have happened while he was uniform with a paper trail.
The NCAA has personal checks written from Talbott to Pryor. There is paper.
The only thing that could make all of this even better is if TP has a press conference on his way out of town. Entertainment value would be immeasurable!
UF's answer: "No it isn't. The big one I expect to come in a few weeks."
Who's UF and what site did you get that from? Looks like more fun reading.
OSU back up QB Guiton linked to Fine Line
Was on eleven warriors. This post was in debate over the differences between USC and OSU:
"The scenarios aren't even close regarding the players or the schools reaction to it, no matter how much ESPN and SI want it to be. USC knew, and encouraged his payment plan from the agent. And when the NCAA tried to investigate, USC tried to block them. This isn't close to how OSU handled Tatgate.
I don't think Pryor is an elite QB, but he was a heck of a college football player. And yes, he played his ass off."
This sentiment is echoed over there quite often. I live in Ohio and every day after work it is the same prattle on the local radio shows. No one thinks they are going to get hammered. I remain amazed at their head in the sand mentality.