I have been delighted to follow Michigan football this last month, rather than focusing on Ohio at all. But, I vaguely remember in the recesses of my brain that there will be some kind of NCAA statement and or possible additional sanctions & penalties levied against Ohio, in light of Tatgate, Tressel, Pryor, et. al. Is there a set date for when the NCAA will announce it's findings and any sanctions to be imposed?
I must say, I have been delighted to see Ohio continue to twist in the wind as things dribble out bit by bit. It is great to see them think things are back to normal and then BAM!!! Another piece of info comes out. Hearing about suspensions for "gift bags" and then finding out, uh, no, it was $200 cash, not gift bags, was rich. I think we're about due for some more dead bodies from Ohio football to wash up on the shores of the Olentangy.
I also know that the NCAA announced that the investigation was not closed . . . what does that imply? Are the screws tight enough on Pryor or the tat parlor guys that some will flip and rat out the program to save their own hides? What would really clinch the deal would be if something clearly illegal comes out, that OSU knew about but never revealed, showing a continued pattern of obfuscation, denial, and coverup from the admin. I'd love to see more come of cargate.
It would be awesome to see some scholarship reductions, and for a bowl ban of a year or two to be imposed on Ohio, with the bowl ban being announced in January, so they can't opt to take a bowl ban this season. A bowl ban, and scholarship reductions, could be exactly what it takes to seal the deal with Dunn. Even better would be to link basketball, football, cash for fundraisers, leading to a finding of LOIC. While I normally want Ohio to be strong, I'm ready for them to feel some serious pain, and to be set back in recruiting for several years.