My reaction to the Jim Tressel suspension? A long yawn then I turned on some Notorious B.I.G. and thought about what to write about for Ash Wednesday.
Let’s be real, it’s the NCAA, everyone bends the rules in order to win games. More than graduation rates, more than “caring about the student athletes,” it’s about your job. If you don’t win games then you don’t get much longer to prove that you can.
For Jim Tressel he has long been criticized for being too conservative and not aggressive enough to be keep up with the rest of the NCAA including the SEC.
After his team’s impressive Rose Bowl victory he had some momentum and probably didn’t want this to leak out and ruin what could’ve been a national championship season. So he did what EACH AND EVERY COLLEGE COACH AND PROGRAM DOES, he covered up the truth for the sake of football gains for him and in the case of OSU, financial gains.
Wait a minute you ask, how can Ohio State University know about this when Tressel covered it up? If you don’t think that Gene Smith and Gordon Gee and all of the talking heads at the University knew about this at the same time that Tressel knew then I have a beach house in Iowa to sell you.
Of course they knew! Why do you think Smith flew back to Columbus so fast and put together a school made punishment for Tressel just as fast? They’re still trying to cover their tails.
As with all NCAA rule benders and breakers you will get caught and you will be punished. OSU thought this whole thing was sewed up back in December when Smith and the NCAA suspended the players while allowing them to play in the Sugar Bowl. Now that it turns out they were all lying to the NCAA? Well, it won’t be pretty.
Tressel will get, and deserves, more than the two games that he will be suspended, the school’s football program will be investigated in its entirety and if the NCAA finds that any member of the staff gave any player bus fare to get to the Ohio Union then they’re screwed.
But OSU knew that, they just didn’t care. They were like every single program in college, they did their share of dirt and like all programs they got caught and will suffer the consequences.
As it turns out, the events of December were just the beginning of what may turn out to be a much deeper problem with the Ohio State football program.
However, I’m not shocked. I’m just surprised this all didn’t happen sooner. It’s the NCAA what do you expect?