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Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:31 am
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday the six Ohio State players who were suspended for five games next season sat down in front of the television cameras and assembled media and told they world they were sorry for what they'd done.  Of course, just because the Suspended Six took responsibility for their actions, that doesn't mean that the world will just forgive them, nor accept the punishment they've received.

In fact, plenty of college football fans have expressed anger about the fact that the players are all suspended for five games next season yet get to play in the Sugar Bowl.  There had been talk of the team and Jim Tressel benching the players in the game on its own, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen.  Why? Well, because it's doubtful that Ohio State would sit those players for the Sugar Bowl after the Sugar Bowl spent so much time telling them to lobby as hard as they could to keep the players eligible for the game.

On Tuesday, after the apologies, Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan had no problem letting everybody know that he pressured Ohio State to fight as hard as it could to keep the players eligible for the game, and have the suspensions put off until next season.  Apparently Hoolahan first heard about the suspensions on December 7, a full two weeks before they became public.

"I made the point that anything that could be done to preserve the integrity of this year's game, we would greatly appreciate it," Hoolahan told The Columbus Dispatch. "That appeal did not fall on deaf ears, and I'm extremely excited about it, that the Buckeyes are coming in at full strength and with no dilution."

So, just in case you were wondering who really runs this sport, now you know.  Hoolahan also went on to say that while he understands why some Ohio State fans would want the players suspended for the bowl game, he "probably thinking of this from a selfish perspective."

I know, I'm shocked to hear that a bowl game would be thinking of itself and not the players, schools or fans too.
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tipinmy40
Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:48 pm
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Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2010 6:20 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

tOSU should change their cheer from Go Bucks! to Mo Buck$!


mnix47mn
Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2010 6:02 pm
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:09 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

So Cam Newton gets pimped to the highest bidder, and everything's groovy. Six OSU players sell some of their own personal property, and you people want to chain them to Michael Vick's fence. Different standards, I guess, in the "anything goes" SEC.




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

They are teaching the kids what this country is all about. Money. Screw right/wrong this is the USA were you sell your soul for the almighty buc. Capitalism at its finest.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

Fuck College football..............  It is has as much integrity as East German Weight  Lifting!  What would the NCAA done if these were seniors? 



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

The thing that bothers me is that they always say we can't have a national championship game because they don't want the kids out of school anymore than they already are when in fact we all KNOW that it's all about the bowls getting their slice of the pie.
They get big dollars from sponsors and from the cities convention bureau's too for having the bowl there because the teams will bring fans to spend money in the cities.
It's not about integrity, it's not about right or wrong, it's about the almighty dollar and as soon as they admit that we'll all be better for it but then again it's certainly not something we all don't know already.
The bowls show their true colors when issues like this arise, they don't gigve a damn about the players, they don't give a damn about the kids receiving an education it's all about the game and how much money will it put in my pocket.
They glad hand and schmooze, reap profits, the players don't receive dime one and then the bowls go and try to say that they're trying to protect the integrity of the game they mean having all the stars that attendees of the bowl game want to see not to actually make sure the game of College Football has any sort of integrity.



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:54 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

Let's think about a few things. 1st, the rules that the NCAA wants players to go by are the same rules that have been in place for the last 30, 40, 50 years.  The NCAA wants to maintain the "student/athlete."  But look at what all has changed over that time.  Teams now have every game played on some sort of TV network, there are 35 bowl games, there is pay per view college football, conference TV networks, conference championship games, and on and on.  not to mention that ticket prices are thru the roof to even attend a game in person.  ok, they broke a rule... but 5 games?...  for a fact, when OSU won the title in 2002, band members were given a ring as well.  what would have happened if a band member sold their ring that was given to them?  many are on band scholarship, think they wouldn't march 5 games?  these things that they sold were their property.  I don't think they should have, but it's still their property.  If the NCAA wants to curb what they get and what they can do with it, they should put all awards, bowl gifts, etc. into trusts and give it to them when either they go pro or graduate.  if these kids played by Cams rules, they could have had their parents sell them, claim they didn't know, and not get any punishment.  Cam's dad gets a new church and doesn't get suspended... these guys sell their personal belongings and get 5 games...ridiculous.  the bottom line is the NCAA and BCS are the biggest pimps in the world, and we're the johns...  I'm an OSU fan, don't agree that they sold their stuff.  You never have too many championship rings or gold pants.  hopefully they learn this the hard way, come back as seniors, deal with the unfairness that was handed down on them as men, and help the team in the 2nd half of the season.  but the NCAA, BCS, and fans need to really take a look at whether they are "student/athletes" or "athlete/students," because there is nothing but greed and hands in the pots from the NCAA, conferences, university's presidents and boards, the BCS, and we're paying!



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:37 pm
 

Sugar Bowl pushed OSU to keep players eligible

Henceforth, let us hear no more tripe about college football teams as "surrogate families" or the cunard that coaches are "like fathers to their players".  With very few exceptions, that is and has always been complete and utter nonsense.  This writer and those who are reading this were taught that actions have consequences.  Folks like Jim Tressel and Paul Hoolahan, however, seem content with the message that "actions have consequences -- but not if bowl game revenues are involved".  Great message, guys.  Here's hoping your own children were taught something a little less elastic than that decidedly meaningless proverb.



Fanarama
Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:30 pm
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