June 3rd, 2011 at 7:44 AM ^

The key evidence that the administration "knew or should have known" about the problem. "Lack of Institutional Control", here we come....


June 3rd, 2011 at 9:35 AM ^

lack of institutional control means that the administration knew and did nothing. Generally, ADs and Presidents claim that it was a rouge coach (or incident) that they could not have known about and thus deserve less punishment, because it could have happened to anyone.

However, if the AD/ President know about something and cover it up, the corruption is at the top and the whole University suffers (partly to fire the AD and maybe President).


June 3rd, 2011 at 10:02 AM ^

The easier thing for the NCAA to hit is "failure to monitor". From the PAC:


  • if adequate compliance measures exist
  • if they are appropriately conveyed to those who need to be aware of them
  • if they are monitored to ensure that such measures are being followed; and
  • if, on learning that a violation has occurred, the institution takes swift action


  1. A person with compliance responsibilities fails to establish a proper system for
    compliance or fails to monitor the operations of a compliance system
  2. A person with compliance responsibilities does not take steps to alter the system of compliance when there are indications the system is not working.
  3. A supervisor with overall responsibility for compliance, in assigning duties to
    subordinates, so divides responsibilities that, as a practical matter, no one is, or appears to be, directly in charge.
  4. Compliance duties are assigned to a subordinate who lacks sufficient authority
    to have the confidence or respect of others.
  5. The institution fails to make clear, by its words and its actions, that those
    personnel who willfully violate NCAA rules, or who are grossly negligent in
    applying those rules, will be disciplined and made subject to discharge.
  6. The institution fails to make clear that any individual involved in its
    intercollegiate athletics program has a duty to report any perceived violations of
    NCAA rules and can do so without fear of reprisals of any kind.
  7. A director of athletics or any other individual with compliance responsibilities
    fails to investigate or direct an investigation of a possible significant violation of
    NCAA rules or fails to report a violation properly.
  8. A head coach fails to create and maintain an atmosphere for compliance within
    the program the coach supervises or fails to monitor the activities of assistant
    coaches regarding compliance.


June 3rd, 2011 at 10:00 AM ^


  1. The NCAA rules applicable to each operation are readily available to those
    persons involved in that operation.
  2. Appropriate forms are provided to persons involved in specific operations to
    ensure that they will properly follow NCAA rules.
  3. A procedure is established for timely communication among various university
    offices regarding determinations that affect compliance with NCAA rules.
  4. Meaningful compliance education programs are provided for personnel engaged
    in athletically related operations.
  5. Informational and educational programs are established to inform athletics
    boosters of the limitations on their activities under NCAA rules and of the
    penalties that can arise if they are responsible for rule violations.
  6. Informational and educational programs are established for student-athletes
    regarding the rules that they must follow.
  7. An internal monitoring system is in place to ensure compliance with NCAA rules.
  8. An external audit of athletics compliance is undertaken at reasonable intervals.
  9. The chief executive officer and other senior administrators make clear that they
    demand compliance with NCAA rules and that they will not tolerate those who
    deliberately violate the rules or do so through gross negligence.
  10. The institution and its staff members have a long history of self-detecting, selfreporting and self-investigating all potential violations.


June 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 AM ^

The only questions I see in this whole mess, are:

  • How hard will OSU get hit?
  • How will the power struggle in the B1G shake out?
  • Is Wisconsin set to drive that side of the conference for the next couple of years, assuming OSU is really punished?

Naked Bootlegger

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 AM ^

Is Wisconsin set to drive that side of the conference for the next couple of years, assuming OSU is really punished?

In the future, please refer to the divisions with their proper names. 50 lashes on the back for you with a "game worn" OSU jock strap ($10 on Ebay) for not using the Big 10-sanctioned league names!


p.s. I'm only chastising you because I still can't remember if UM is in the Leaders or Legends Division. I need to get this pounded into my head before the season begins.


June 3rd, 2011 at 9:30 AM ^

I really just want it ending up that we qualify and they do as well but can't go because of their cheating ways. I want Wikipedia to have the list up in 2040 or whatever with the BTCG participants list saying something like this:

2011 Michigan vs. Wisconsin*

*Ohio State won the Leaders Division but due to B1G/NCAA sanctions were unable to compete.


June 3rd, 2011 at 7:57 AM ^

It's great to see anyone from the Dispatch actually write something negative about TSIO.  That is something that usually just isn't done in Columbus.  Now that the "citizens" of Columbus are turning their relationship with the Lantern into a war, could the same dynamic with the Dispatch be far behind?  

It would be great if the TSIO fanbase created an advisarial relationship with the Dispatch.  To bastardize an old saw, "Hell hath no fury like a reporter scorned."  If the resources of the local media outlets were ever turned fully toward the truth in Columbus, TSIO fans would soon be longing for the days when Tressel's resignation, tats, and cars were the only things they had to worry about.

Section 1

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:22 AM ^

In my view -- and we are all generalizing here, when we are talking about many years of Dispatch reporting, by many different people, on numerous different stories -- the Columbus Dispatch has done a good job of reporting on OSU football.  Their lead CFB columnist, Ken Gordon, has been fair, and has done a good job.  The Dispatch has been leading the way in a lot of the car-deals reporting.

If you read the Buckeye blogs, they are all angry at the media, including the Dispatch.  They are fans; you'd expect some of that.  And, there are some fans who think this whole mess is an embarassment that they have to get through quickly and effectively and move on.

But I don't think that anybody can make either one of the two extreme cases:

  • The Dispatch was out to get Tressel, or;
  • The Dispatch has been covering up for OSU football. 

Sports Illustrated may have a lot more to defend, than the Dispatch, in terms of defending its methods of journalism.

I like the Dispatch, because it seems to move cautiously.  I just think that the whole world is hyperventillating over this story right now. 


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 AM ^

Even the local news has been wieghing in with negative news about OSU, but mostly over Pryor.  Its like once someone (lanter, SI) started the negative talk it was ok to report on it. 


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 AM ^

This is the real kicker:

In 2006, the auditors' review of athletes' car registration forms found that they were incomplete and sometimes inconsistent with the car registry maintained by University Transportation and Parking. Compliance officials vowed to correct the problem.

But last year, the auditors reviewed car registrations of 152 athletes and observed vehicles driven by football players to spring practice. Auditors found that 44 athletes bought parking permits for, received parking tickets in, or were seen driving cars that weren't registered.

Records obtained in May show that football players continue to submit incomplete forms, lacking sales prices, dates of purchases, co-signers and other required information.

That sounds like a lack of institutional control to me, but what do I know, I'm just a caveman...

The evidence is clear, it's not like the NCAA can now say that it found nothing.

Guilty as charged.


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:36 AM ^

To me, the most telling aspect of that block quote was "auditors observed vehicles driven by football players to spring practice."

They actually sat in the parking lot and watched dudes pull up in their whips.   Awesome. 


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:51 AM ^

not sure exactly when/where/how that got started but rappers have been saying it for a while



June 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 AM ^

Sorry for the venacular.  I was trying to give off an impression that I'm hip, despite the fact that the majority of posters here are literally half my age.

"I'm old enough to be your father" is quite apropos in my case.  Sheesh.  How depressing.  haha.


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:50 AM ^

because those three paragraphs are really pretty much the entire article.  The rest of it is just filler -- fluffy quotes from Doug Archie, fluffy quotes from Orville Redenbacher, etc.  They could've just published those three paragraphs but instead tried to stretch it out to take up more page space.

I'm not sure how big of a deal all of that is, but I am sure that OSU will have some explanation for it, truthful or not.  Unfortunately I think it's gonna take more than just this to bring about that big juicy LOIC allegation we're all hoping for.

Benoit Balls

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 AM ^

I can see them trying to spin this as "the compliance department was on top of this, in fact they notified us in November. We were planning to make changes and implement more stringent oversight, but it just so happens that everyone found out before we had the chance to get the changes through committee. See Mr. NCAA banhammer man? We were trying"

I get the feeling that the NCAA may now be working with OSU to try and mitigate the damage so they dont have to go all SMU on them. Kind of like when a company doesnt pay its taxes but the accountants and IRS come together on a "strategy" to keep from sending the company into bankruptcy.  Essentially if enough lawyers and turd polishers get involved, things are going to get watered down.  At least thats my fear.

I hope they burn it down, but I don't see the NCAA having the stones to go through with it


June 3rd, 2011 at 8:29 AM ^

We don't really care that several football players were caught driving loaner cars, but hey, we self reported over 400 minor violations.


June 3rd, 2011 at 9:04 AM ^

So they can show the OSU took no action to correct a problem that they knew was happening? Awesome. This definitely will not bring new problems to OSU, especially since this new evidence is completely on Tressel and he's already resigned.