1. I still think OSU is getting off easy. Their violations, at least according to the story I read in Sports Illustrated were serious and systemic, and they justified more sever penalties.

    When is the NCAA going to get serious about punishing cheaters? The penalties handed down to OSU are a slap on the wrist. They certainly are not going to serve as a deter ant to other college football programs. What a joke!

  2. I don’t know for sure but it seems to me trading memorabilia I own for tattoos is my business. I have a hard time figuring out how that is a big deal. Who owned the item traded. Star players get freebies all the time. That appears to me to be a bigger deal. If I sell my sweatshirt for $12, it was my shirt and now my money and I use it to buy gas for my car to go home. After all we got creamed for a few dozen extra phone calls that today is not a violation. Tressel is guilty of not bringing the issue to the AD’s attention. I think the sanctions are about right.

  3. HC; just to provide one example of the cheating, the student players took equipment owned by OSU, often right out of the uniform storage facilities, to the tat parlor to be exchanged for cash, drugs and tats. In addition, coaches were asked to sign helmets, jerseys, football, programs and other memorabilia so as to increase the value of the goods. They then gave the signed memorabilia to the players no questioned asked. We’re talking dozens of helmets, jerseys, footballs and other stuff signed by the head coach and other players that just one player used in trade. And their were many players doing this. They had unlimited access to these expensive items. What is the market value of dozens of new, autographed football helmets in the world of sports memorabilia?

    Suggest you read the story in Sport Illustrated. The memorabilia portion of this systemic cheating was just the tip of the iceberg. And it involved players trading this stuff to a guy who is now in prison for being a significant drug dealer. Then when confronted by NCAA investigators, the Head Coach lied and tried to cover up the cheating.

    OSU’s cheating was every bit as serious, especially in scope and the number of players involved, as the violations that USC got punished for. And on top of that, the head coach at USC was not proven to have lied to the investigators. But OSU’s punishment was not nearly as severe as that handed down to USC.

    And compare the damage and expense suffered by IU basketball because a coach made too many cell phone calls/texts to the damage done to OSU football for the rampant cheating and lying that their players and coaches were guilty of.

    As I said, the NCAA is not serious about stopping this behavior and this punishment proves it. I think some senior administrators at OSU are laughing their butts off right now and slapping high fives for having escaped serious penalties. Christmas came a little early for OSU football.

  4. Po, I was aware about all of the above except for the pilfering of school equipment and coach-autographed memorabilia as barter. That is low class behavior no matter who does the evaluating. Thanks. The loss of 9 rides and a bowl game is significant except to big programs such as the Bucks. They will with their new coach barely miss a beat.

  5. When confronted about the volume of equipment T Pryor was taking, he responded with something to the effect, “I can get whatever I want and as much as I want.” He then bragged that the coaches were happy to sign all the footballs, helmets, and etc that he asked them to sign, no questions asked.

    Reading the Sports Illustrated article about the rampant cheating made my blood boil. OSU football was out of control.

  6. Ironically, the value of the autographed items has now probably been enhanced by the notoriety attached to them on account of the scandal- “Hey, I’ve got an OSU chin-strap autographed by Jim Tressel! Bet it’s worth more now!”

  7. While I despise USC it appears, to me, that the infractions at OSU were far more pervasive. Nobody gave anyone a house, like Bush, but there were so many players that did so may bad things. The mysterious workings of the NCAA are far beyond my grasp.

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