OT: Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports Says More to Come

Submitted by chitown.victor on March 9th, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Charles Robinson, one of the investigative reporters for Yahoo! Sports, was just interviewed on the Waddle and Silvie show on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago.  He stated that there are two additional high-profile stories he is working on, on which will break within the next few weeks and another that looks like it will break in August.  Mr. Robinson was prodded fairly hard by Tom Waddle, but would not divulge any individual or institutional names.  He was asked to rate the Tressel story on a scale of 1-10 scale, and gave it an 8.  Mr. Robinson rated the story to be broken this month as a 6-7, and gave the late-summer story a 10-rating, without hesitation. 

This ends any seculation that this was the "big one," even though most of us thought that already.  And the plot thickens.....

Comments

dnak438

March 9th, 2011 at 2:08 PM ^

it's not a quote of Socrates.  It's a (Latin translation) of one of the Greek Delphic maxims, which were traditional proverbs. Sometimes they were attributed to ancient sages, but not Socrates.

dnak438

March 9th, 2011 at 4:58 PM ^

"Know thyself" was a Greek proverb (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) that was associated with the oracle at Delphi.  It's impossible to date it precisely, but let's say 700 BC (or so).  Rome is just a village at that point.  So the Latin translation (nosce te ipsum) would be a later translation of the original Greek (I'm not sure when it is first attested in Latin, but I'd guess around the 1st century BC, so half a millennium later).

Socrates talked about the maxim a lot, mostly because his whole deal was that he knew nothing but at least he knew that he knew nothing (as opposed to the "experts" who knew nothing but didn't realize it).

MGoShoe

March 9th, 2011 at 11:32 AM ^

...if it's possible if Michigan is one of the two upcoming stories for a banhammer to end all banhammers (if we could actually banhammer someone).

Blazefire

March 9th, 2011 at 12:21 PM ^

When we find out one of our players was somewhat linked to a drug deal in Florida, we kick him out. When we find out one of our recruits high school education took place at Chuck-E-Cheese, we don't let him in. When our 1A QB hsn't been going to class enough, we don't let him travel for the bowl game. We recruit hard but lose out on most of our biggest names.

When a school does these things, the kind of violations you're going to find against them are, "They stretch too much and have coaches present sometimes" type things.

When a story is a "10", it will NOT involve stretching. It WILL involve the coach, the star QB, the AD and 10 5-star recruits doing blow off of an underage hooker's butt.

double blue

March 9th, 2011 at 12:58 PM ^

and when a newspaper makes a mountain out of a mole hill we open up the komono completely and let the ncaa throughly examine every orifice.

although i was confident we wouldnever get nailed for anything "meaningful" prior to practicegate i am even more so now due to the manner in which the university handled it.

amphibious1

March 9th, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

What would be the point of waiting that long to divulge pertinent information? Either way, I am glad to see things begining to be cleaned up. Now about all of that over-signing.....

InterM

March 9th, 2011 at 3:32 PM ^

I'm waiting until August to inflict maximum damage on the program -- and for an extra bonus, I can also sandbag a few incoming freshmen by misleadingly quoting their innocuous answers to loaded questions!  That's how we do real journalism, Yahoo!

sULLY

March 9th, 2011 at 12:00 PM ^

My first thought was perhaps the "10" story is an extension of the recruiting service investigation the NCAA has launched into Oregon.  I don't particularly mind Oregon.  A large part of me hopes the big story is about OSU or [fill in the blank SEC team].

njv5352

March 9th, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

One problem with the whole "BIG" story thing is that the News Media typically make a much larger deal out of the situation than the NCAA has.  I would have thought the whole USC thing would have held a much larger penalty than was given.  I also thought the whole Cam Newton thing was overdone in the media only to have the NCAA blow it off.  For some reason the NCAA only addresses those things which they find easy to prove.  One thing I have learned from watching the NCAA is to deny deny deny, and then deny some more.  They often approve of that behavior.

profitgoblue

March 9th, 2011 at 11:44 AM ^

You raise a very good point.  Responses to NCAA violations have become more akin to responses to criminal charges.  By denying everything and placing the burden on the NCAA to prove things, schools are likely escaping serious penalties.  That said, I think that "defense" is going to catch up to a school eventually.  For example, if OSU and USC escape serious punishment, they will get hammered if something arises during their probationary period, maybe moreso than another school that took a different approach to charges (e.g. Michigan)

ken725

March 9th, 2011 at 12:44 PM ^

I don't think the NCAA is done with Auburn and Cam Newton.  The reason why Cam Newton was cleared to play so easily is because the NCAA makes a ruling based on information given to them by the school.  That means he was cleared based on information provided by Auburn, not by information the NCAA found by actually investigating.  If nothing ends up happening to Auburn with the Cam Newton and more serious corruption charges the NCAA is a joke.

Genzilla

March 9th, 2011 at 1:03 PM ^

The Tressel cover-up in this case is very easy to prove, because it is in writing.  With Cam Newton there was no proof that Auburn or Cam were involved because the only solid proof was between Cam's father and a MissU booster.  With USC, they could only prove that Reggie and one assistant had knowledge.

With this controversy, there is already proof out there that the coach had a knowledge of this information.  The most incriminating evidence is already out there.  I'd expect paper-shredding and hard-drive rewrites in Columbus over the coming weeks in anticipation of a possible NCAA investigation.

Six Zero

March 9th, 2011 at 11:43 AM ^

FUTURE COLUMBUS
DISPATCH HEADLINES!

 

I'll go first:

"EVIDENCE EXPOSES JIM TRESSEL AS THE PIMP KING OF C-BUS"

"BUCKEYE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT EXPOSED AS THE MOST MASSIVE MONEY LAUNDERING NETWORK SINCE THE PICCOLO FAMILY"

"TERRELLE PRYOR HAS NEVER ATTENDED A SINGLE CLASS AT tOSU; HIS IQ SCORE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN REDUCED 34% SINCE ARRIVING ON CAMPUS"

"DANE SANZENBACHER RECEIVING INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL SANZENBACHER"

"OHIO STATE FOOTBALL TEAM CONSIDERING PLAYERS STRIKE TO HOLD OUT FOR BETTER SALARIES AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS"

"MASSIVE SURPLUS OF DRY GOODS AND LASAGNA ON CAMPUS SINCE JUSTIN BOREN LEFT FOR NFL DRAFT"

Who's next?

BlueDragon

March 9th, 2011 at 2:01 PM ^

Try taking Advanced Tonal Analysis at the U-M School of Music sometime.  It's the single hardest academic class I've ever taken in my life.  Bar none.

(Of course, OSU's music department sucks balls, so you're probably right anyways.  Carry on.)

michgoblue

March 9th, 2011 at 2:28 PM ^

"OSU BOOSTER SIDES WITH OWNERS: "PLAYERS EXPECT TOO MUCH MONEY THESE DAYS.  I CAN ONLY AFFORD TO PAY NEW RECRUITS SO MUCH WITHOUT GOING BROKE"

"TRESSEL: 'MY PLAYERS ARE LIKE KIDS TO ME, AND THAT IS WHY I GIVE THEM A WEEKLY ALLOWANCE'"

"PRYOR DEFENDS COACH: "EVERYBODY LIES TO THE NCAA WHEN THEY FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR PLAYERS DOING BAD SH*T'"

 

Hail-Storm

March 9th, 2011 at 11:42 AM ^

link me to the article, or give a synopsis of the article that talks about this big deal program thing.  I have heard rumblings on here, but feel that I'm living under a rock and missed a lot of it. Thanks in advance. 

As a motivation to the avatar that links, I promise a fancy plus 1 to you. And, although it won't mean anything, you'll know that you earned that pointless +1, and noone can take that away (besides the fact that someone can technically take it away with a down vote).

UMICH1606

March 9th, 2011 at 11:53 AM ^

I am glad that Yahoo at least gives a damn to try and do their part to try and clean this stuff up. Since the NCAA could obviously give a damn about doing it on their own, I am hoping that the more programs that Yahoo drags through the mud, the more the NCAA will start to care and police this on their own.

Maximinus Thrax

March 9th, 2011 at 12:00 PM ^

Initially, it was referred to as a story involving a top 12 team from the midwest.  Didn't Sparty end the year at 11?  Midwest.  'Nuff said (Ok maybe more needs to be said, but I would like to believe that the story involves Dantonio until we hear otherwise in "late summer").  Why wait until late summer anyway?  Are these journalists using dial-up internet, and it will not be until late summer until their stuff finishes downloading?    Do they want to break the story in the weeks leading up to kickoff for dramatic effect?  Do they want to provoke us all to keep going to Yahoo and hitting refresh to see if anything has been posted?  I just don't get it...

dahblue

March 9th, 2011 at 1:08 PM ^

I'd love that to be true, but I don't know if Sparty is that dirty.  They have a lot of criminals who beat up innocents...true. Dantonio shuttles them from prison to practice...true.  Dantonio is a mini-Tressel in making up excuses for violating standards of decency (i.e. driving players from prison to practice).  Dantonio is a piece of shit who starts verbal fueds with Michigan student -athletes (and then complains about Michigan kids talking trash in return...sidenote...that's quite an Izzo parallel).  But, I don't know that they've broken major rules.