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Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

Posted on: March 8, 2011 7:54 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Shortly before a press conference on Tuesday night, Ohio State announced some self-imposed penalties on head coach Jim Tressel in regards to Tressel's knowing about six Ohio State players selling memorabilia eight months before the school reported the case to the NCAA. Tressel will be fined $250,000 and suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season against Akron and Toledo.

Along with those penalties, Tressel will also be required to attend a 2011 NCAA Regional Rules seminar before September, and must review the "Protocol of Reporting Violations and bylaw 10.1 with the entire Ohio State staff on a quarterly basis through 2012.

Of course, these are just the penalties that Ohio State is imposing on Tressel, though the school said it has no plans on firing him -- in fact, President Gordon Gee said he's more worried Tressel would fire him -- and Tressel said at no time did the thought of resigning cross his mind. Still, the NCAA and possibly the Big Ten are yet to weigh in on the case. 

It's entirely possible that if/when they do, Tressel's punishment will be much more severe than what Ohio State has imposed.

As for the press conference, Tressel, Gee and athletic director Gene Smith said quite a bit without saying much of anything. The trio also refused to answer a lot of questions claiming that since the case was ongoing, they couldn't comment. Which, in the realm of public opinion, won't do Ohio State any favors.

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:43 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

My understanding of this is that Tressel was advised by a US attorney to be quiet, and he took the guy's advice.
Really, have you even read the e-mails? JT had no contractual relationship with that attorney.  He did have a contractual obligation to report any suspected violations to the NCAA.   JT had no relationship with said attorney.  Said attorney had no de facto client relationship with JT.  JT was handed de facto evidence that members of tOSU football team were selling memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules in April of 2010...An issue that if he had turned in would have suspended all 5 of the athletes in question.  See Dez Bryant  and AJ Green.
punishments/suspensions while the investigation was ONGOING"

While that was not a good thing to so, the suspension is because Tressel violated a contract clause with Ohio State, not the NCAA.

True, that is why tOSU determined there was a violation and suspended the coach!  It does not preclude that the NCAA willl impose harsher penalties upon the coach and the instituition.  A year suspension and vacating all of the 2010 wins including the Sugar Bowl is not out of the question(see USC...Reggie Bush).  
The NCAA already imposed their punishment; 5 games for the players involved
Yeah, thay imposed that on the players..Now the "ethical conduct" issue will be reviewed.  And I would hate to be in JT's shoes.  He covered it up in April..lied about it in December and wouldn't comment "on the record" in March.  

Since it wasn't Tressel that sold the items, they can't impose any punishment on him for that. As far as when he spoke up, again, that is an issue between Tressel and the university, not the NCAA.
That is so FALSE!  The NCAA requires coaches to report(immediately) ANY possible violations.  If JT had reported them as he was required to do 5 of his players would have never even seen the first game of the 2010 season, much less the Sugar Bowl.  Reference Dez Bryant and AJ Green being suspended while the NCAA investigation was ongoing! 
Not after the season, not after the bowl game!  Immediately! 5 Ohio Cheating University players would have been suspended for 2010 if
JT(cheating chickenchit) tressel had done what he wrote in his book( it takes longer to fix a wrong than it takes to do it right)
What a frigging hipocrite!

Tressel will be suspended for the 2 games, do the training, pay the fine, and that will be that. The university could have fired him, but chose not to.
The NCAA, however, will roast his cheating ass!

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:46 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

When I was an undergraduate I was a teaching assistant in the math department, and was given copies of the texts. General students were not given free textbooks, just TA's. I was free to sell my free copies, keeping for myself whatever benefit I could derive. A benefit not available to the general student population. Plenty of other examples exist of some group of students getting benefits, cash or otherwise, not available to other students. The hypocrisy surrounding athletics is more upsetting to me than most of the conduct deemed to be violations.

Salient points there, baddogmaine. The hypocrisy does exist. 

However, it will only be eliminated when "scholar-bowl" competitions begin filling hundred thousand seat venues and command prime time TV slots.  When scholar-bowl participants are being rated and analyzed nationally beginning in the 7th or 8th grade.  When these same 7th and 8th graders are enticed to attend "scholar-bowl" prep schools.  When all participating schools agree that there must be rules, guidelines and eligibilty considerations to participate in "scholar-bowl" and they come up with a governing body.  Perhaps they will call it the National Collegiate Academic Association(NCAA). 

Wow, wouldn't that be amazing!  Where actual intelligence would be regarded as desirable and cheered by the masses!

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 6:37 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:07 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

I have to agree with LSUSMC here. JT is not an "Amatuer Athelete." He is a professional being paid to do a job and thus should be held to a higher standard. Pointing fingers at the SEC or any other conference for previous or current scandals/infractions is pointless. The fact is that the Buckeyes are firmly in the wrong here. They should and will face the consequences. And as LSUSMC says, I think that 2 games and 250K doesn't even begin to cover it.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:10 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

@Jomarsky--The reason I think Tressel should get the same punishment as the players is because the coach should be held to a higher standard than a bunch of 20 year old young men.  It is basic leadership, and he failed.  It is kind of like parenting in a way; the kids are going to try and get away with what they can, and it is up to the parents to keep them in line as best they can.  But, if dad is a smoker, can he really get on the kids if they smoke?  Leaders that expect their players to follow the rules better make sure they are following them themselves. 

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:23 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

My last message was in response to LSUSMC.

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:20 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

I agree with everything you wrote except the line about giving Tressel the same punishment as the players got. Tressel withheld information but the players withheld information AND committed the violation in the first place, which is at least twice as bad. How can it be otherwise?

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:59 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

Using the logic of some of you OSU fans by comparing this to the Auburn/Cam Newton situation, then I guess you would feel if there was undisputed evidence, and Tressel admits, he beat and/or killed his wife, then you would argue he should not be punished for it because OJ Simpson didn't get punished for killing his wife. Because we all know he did it right? Just like you "know" Newtons dad accepted money for Cam to go to Auburn and Cam knew about it, right?

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:45 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

Just a note to Scarlett&grey about your post. No most average students don't risk their life to attend tOSU, but they do pay for the privledge costing them or their parents many thousands of dollars, while these athletes are allowed to attend and seek a degree in any of the hundreds available at NO CHARGE. It's called a scholarship. Those are not offered to the average student.

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:17 pm

Jim Tressel fined $250k, suspended 2 games

Perhaps you should follow your advice there Donnie and get your facts straight.  You misquoted me.  I did not say "Hundreds of thousands" as you quoted, I said "hundreds or thousands"

The exact amounts of the fines, presumably equal to the amount of the benefits are:
  • Adams must repay $1,000 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring
  • Herron must repay $1,150 to a charity for selling his football jersey, pants and shoes for $1,000 and receiving discounted services worth $150
  • Posey must repay $1,250 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,200 and receiving discounted services worth $50
  • Pryor must repay $2,500 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring, a 2009 Fiesta Bowl sportsmanship award and his 2008 Gold Pants, a gift from the university
  • Thomas must repay $1,505 to a charity for selling his 2008 Big Ten championship ring for $1,000, his 2008 Gold Pants for $350 and receiving discounted services worth $155
  • Whiting must pay $150 to a charity for receiving discounted services.
  • Looks remarkably like hundreds or thousands to me!

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