Personally, I don't see a whole lot of damage this class in relation to the needs of Michigan. Obviously OSU will have to resort to DEFCON 5 to have any hope of pulling together a reasonable if respectable B1G Ten class. Michigan has their guys and will never have to worry about that school down south poaching from the crew.
How will Tressel Resignation affect Michigan Recruiting
I would expect this to be a bigger deal in the long run than just this year. Tressel had Ohio pretty much on lock-down during his tenure for the top-flight talent. Unless they get Meyer (and that is a big IF) I don't see OSU duplicating that over the next decade. Michigan has traditionally won with a good deal of Ohio talent. I'm hoping to see the program get back to that.
Had Jalen Rose on a little while ago. His comments were, at first, that this is all overblown and he feels bad for Jim Tressel (probably the one person for whom I have the least compassion), but he went on to say that this may just be the tip of the iceberg. He thinks it is a situation of this being the smoke but there really being a fire that will soon be discovered. I'd like to see more stuff come out about free housing, free girls and details about the cars.
Call me a cynic, but I think often in a bad situation, someone is offered up as a sacrificial lamb, and everyone is told to move on, nothing to see here. In this case, Tressel is obviously the one being hung out to dry. Having said that, on rare occasions, the digging doesn't stop, and a lot more comes out. As regards rides and tats, someone has got a lot of splaining to do. If this extends to housing and girls, things are only going to get much, much worse. It makes the NCAA look very bad, and if they're embarassed, they could really bring the hammer down on Ohio State.
I'd be thrilled is that happened, and don't fill a lot of pity for OSU. Having said that, people living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
The NCAA already looked bad for letting Auburn and Newton go scot-free. They could be looking for someone to nail, and that someone could just happen to be Ohio State. If the NCAA makes OSU the poster child for penalties, it won't hurt Michigan, but it could be a message (to the SEC et al) of a different enforcement pattern coming outy of the NCAA.
USC Recruiting limits are now just starting since the appeal has been turned down.
I agree with Magnus. OSU could be considered a repeat offender and the NCAA could come down very hard on them.
Tressel is done coaching in college. He will get a "show" penalty for coaching in college football and probably will get a ban for 5-10 years. I believe Kelvin Sampson from IU got 8 years.
OSU might have to replace it's entire current football staff due to the "poison fruit" theory. This staff was Tressel's staff (he even has family members on staff) and they all might have "blood on thier hands" since none of these things were a big secret and nobody came forward.
I have been wondering on this as well. If the pattern of ignoring all these offenses has been going on, it can't all be set at JT's feet. How can anyone realistically not look at much of the rest of the staff as complicit.
I think I am most encouraged that we don't need this scandal to be good at recruiting. I am excited about Hoke's ability (and his recruiting team) to put up a great class without having to rely on other school's issues. I'm perfectly fine with us getting some of these kids from OSU of course.
Everyone on the talk shows this morning think this is going to blow away USC for how bad OSU will get hammered.If you havent read the SI article when you do this will show how the vest was out of control.
in recruiting a lot worse than USC for another reason in addition to those discussed above - the issues for OSU spread far and wide throughout the program. Recruits (and more importantly, their parents) could rationalize the USC problem as a few bad apples involved in isolated incidents. OSU has a serious problem involving drugs, illegal benefits, the IRS and the FBI etc etc with nearly everyone on the team and in the surrounding city. The team environment is shady and the local businesses are shady and possibly dangerous. It's a whole culture of corruption, not some overprivileged single player that accepted lavish benefits from a coach that is now in the NFL.
Add in the harsh penalties and the shitty climate and lack of an established coach...would you want to send your kid there? If you were a star with plenty of options would you want to take your chances that OSU will rise again?
may also affect OSU's coaching search. It is troubling that so many OSU athletes were hanging out - as it was noted on sports talk radio this morning - in the very worst part of Columbus with a bunch of folks previously in prison for serious felonies. As a parent, I would not want to send my kids into that kind of environment out of fear of the kind of peer pressure that might be experienced. If I were a coach, I might be leery of having to deal with a culture that had resulted in a high percentage of the football players hanging in that kind of environment. I may be wrong, but it has always seemed to me as if the Michigan coaches did make a serious effort to keep kids away from those kinds of situations and to punish them for being in the wrong place or doing bad things even if they were not NCAA violations. It has always seemed to me as if part of being a coach included molding the character of the folks on your team. I would be interested in anything anyone else knows about how this has been handled at Michigan.