File the latest Ohio State absurdity under Believe It Or Not!

Jim Tressel apparently outranks Ohio State University's president. (Associated Press)

Jim Tressel apparently outranks Ohio State University's president. (Associated Press)

I’m sure I wasn’t the only colllege football fan left slack-jawed while reading about the latest scandal involving future UGA opponent Ohio State.

And I’m not talking about Jim Tressel being suspended for a measly two games and fined $250,000 by his school after it came out he’d conducted a massive cover-up last season of NCAA violations by five of his players — the same five Tressel lobbied the NCAA not to suspend until this season so he’d finally have a chance to get a win over an SEC team in a bowl game.

And my amazement wasn’t even due to the incredible disparity between the protracted, kid-gloves handling of the OSU investigation compared with the speedy hammering of A.J. Green by the NCAA for a similar infraction as committed by the Buckeye players, resulting in Mark Richt having to open a season without his main offensive threat while Tressel got to arrange his team’s sanction so that it did the least harm. Life is unfair, as Jimmy Carter once said, but we already knew that.

No, what gobsmacked me this morning while reading about Tresselgate was the reply of E. Gordon Gee, president of the Ohio State University, when asked if he ever considered firing Tressel for what he’d done.

“No, are you kidding me?” Gee answered. “Let me be very clear. I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.”

Wow. I’m no Michael Adams booster, but I can’t even begin to imagine UGA’s president ever uttering such a spineless comment.

Meanwhile, the NCAA, which hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory as college football’s watchdog this past year, has a perfect example of its dreaded “lack of institutional control” sitting right out in the open in Columbus, Ohio, but they apparently can’t see it for the sweater-vest.

What a joke.

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229 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

March 9th, 2011
11:12 am

Wow. Surely his comment was making light of the situation.

ScoutDawg

March 9th, 2011
11:13 am

DawginLex

March 9th, 2011
11:13 am

Tressel’s transgressions pale in comparison to Bruce Pearl.

EDawg71

March 9th, 2011
11:13 am

Good call Bill.

RxDawg

March 9th, 2011
11:16 am

It seems like the NCAA has no problem throwing their weight around with a player. But when it’s a program,coach, or other higher up that actualy get’s a paycheck from football the NCAA seems to lose their balls. They have simply out done themselves with the rules. Time to simplify and start from scratch. Form an elite league if you must because it’s just a fact that some programs have more resources then others.

JaxDawg05

March 9th, 2011
11:18 am

THE NCAA better hammer THE Ohio State!

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:21 am

Where is BUCKEYE?? He should be proud of OSU’s new fame. Ohio is going the way of GT. Pure and simple hypocrisy. HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH

Cobb Dawg

March 9th, 2011
11:22 am

Expect OSU to take a lot of battering over this one. But the power structure in college football is no mystery to anyone who’s been paying attention the last 30 years or so. Not much of a surprise here, frankly.

Nottingham

March 9th, 2011
11:23 am

Georgia went 5-4 WITH AJ Green, stop using that as Richt’s excuse of the year.

Richt wins less games than the year before 7 out of 8 last 8 seasons, nothing to do with AJ Green’s suspension.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:23 am

Well I guess the North is as dirty as the South, though Ohio still feels privilege and thus immune from criticism and punishment.

Nottingham

March 9th, 2011
11:24 am

Rihct leads the NCAA in arrests, so keep your eyes on Richt for the future.

Beast from the East

March 9th, 2011
11:24 am

Bill, even this Gator fan can appreciate this blog. Pretty funny!

11Dawg

March 9th, 2011
11:25 am

Doesn’t “lack of institutional control” generally coincide with the words “NCAA probation”? But that’s just dreaming since it is, after all, Ohio State.

red&black

March 9th, 2011
11:25 am

This just continues to show that there are institutions in the ncaa that are above the law. Ohio state, notre dame, usc. If these things happened at an sec school they would be lucky to survive.

Michael G.

March 9th, 2011
11:26 am

Be very careful in taking glee at another school’s missteps. It no longer surprises me when ANY school gets into trouble with rules violations.

SouthGA Dawg

March 9th, 2011
11:27 am

The NCAA is a joke. Look at the thugs at Tenn. in a bar brawl and putting a police officer in intensive care. Scam Newton, oh everyone knows he is inocent.They are a disgrace to college football and should all be fired. The coach for Ohio State was protecting his team and I dont think it was a bad thing. AJ sold his jersey and was burned at the cross.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:27 am

OHIO can do whatever they like because Money and ESPN loves them. ESPN does not cover this issue in their news as much as they should. That is the hypocrisy of ESPN and NCAA (that includes BIG 10 or 12 whatever they are).

10 - 6

March 9th, 2011
11:28 am

Losing to mickey mouse U in a bowl games is absurd. Believe it or not !

JDawg1785

March 9th, 2011
11:29 am

Funny stuff! I’m sure the mighty Buckeyes will miss Tressel is their struggles with national powerhouses Akron and Toledo this season.

Sam

March 9th, 2011
11:31 am

The inconsistency from the NCAA is really astonishing–I guess it should not be, but the recent rash of sanctions (or lack thereof) is really highlighting it right now.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:32 am

Micheal G., I have been reading a lot of Blogs and I do not think any body is happy about this issue. I see a lot of anger, disappointment and frustration on the way the Powers are distributing their punishment and the hypocrisy of these.

Biggdawg33

March 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Dez Bryant lies to the NCAA about his dinner with Deion Sanders. Punishment: 10 games

Jim Tressell lies to the NCAA about his kiddies selling their stuff. Punishment: ?????

This is going to go far in my view (which some people may not care) of the NCAA. If he does not get a stiffer penalty from the NCAA than the 2 games, the NCAA should be dissolved.

Doc Holliday

March 9th, 2011
11:35 am

My hypocrisy only goes so far…

The NCAA beats me.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:37 am

@ Michael G., I read a Gator fan’s comments. What do you expect from that group???? They are retards.

Fulmer Cup Champions

March 9th, 2011
11:37 am

We have no room and no business to cast stones !

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:39 am

Nottingham sounds like GT or Buckeye.

Damon Evans

March 9th, 2011
11:39 am

Jim Tressell is “Good People “. Red panties and red sweater vests are all good !

BullDawgMike

March 9th, 2011
11:40 am

I called it right on the money. I said OSU , as well as Tressel, would get off with a slap on the wrist. They have too much power in the world of college football. I sure wish they played in the SEC though…LOL

War lord

March 9th, 2011
11:42 am

The suspension and fine were imposed by tOSU, not the NCAA. The NCAA investigation is just now beginning. I fully expect there will be more coming down the pike. I really doubt even the proctologists at the NCAA will let it slide with the boys who sold the gold pants getting 5 games off, but the coach who concealed actual knowledge of the incident from BOTH tOSU and the NCAA only 2 games.

Look for him to get at least 3 more on the ground, maybe more. tOSU will also take an institutional hit once the NCAA’s investigation is done, for any number of counts – lack of institutional control, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

This has only just begun.

sidelinecall

March 9th, 2011
11:44 am

You want to know why the real battle is off field in college sports? TV rules, not the coaches, not school officials, not the fans. TV brings in the revenue and dictates the pace of events. The NCAA is a secondary police effort at best. Jim Tressel’s coaching days were successful and most other Big Ten teams were so-so for many years; with Michigan losing its clout, there was no excitement mustered, ergo, television interest dropped. How do we up that stat? Controversy. Tattoos for memorbilia or signatures?

Oh, please…college sports is now a big, big business for grown men. The students come in a very distant third. And tainted attitudes are contagious. Change the top; give students a stipend and stop pretending we live in an antiseptic environment…. Impossible to kill off all microbes.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:45 am

FULMER CUP CHAMPIONS, you are obviously a Buckeye or a GT fan and a hypocrite equating a bigger institutional problem condoned by OSU President of all people. Let us seen if they have a Board of Regents who have more balls. The only way UGA can be guilty to the same degree as OSU, is if they have kept DAMON despite his red panty issues.

Snotbubble

March 9th, 2011
11:47 am

It’s not WHAT you do, but WHO you are……..NCAA is a big joke and everyone knows it. Except them !!

Dawgs Run This State!

March 9th, 2011
11:49 am

Am I the only one who had tingly spidey-senses when the tatoo-players all said they would come back if Tressel let them play in the bowl game? They were all (including Tressel) actually thinking this could be swept under the rug.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:50 am

President Adams of UGA is looking more and more of a saint as OSUma bin lying case unfolds. However I still expect NCAA and more importantly ESPN to give it’s blessing to a slap in the wrist.

Nottingham

March 9th, 2011
11:51 am

Richt #1 in arrests in NCAA!

CPO Dawg

March 9th, 2011
11:52 am

Wow… No snarky comments from that toolbag Buckeye that comes on here?

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:54 am

oSABAN bin lying = OSUma bin lying = OSAMA bin “landing” = OBAMA bin lying.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:57 am

Nottingham is the #1 HYPOCRITE in this BLOG.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 9th, 2011
11:58 am

Nottingham = BUCKEYE sounds like.

extrapoint

March 9th, 2011
12:01 pm

Enter your comments here

saban

March 9th, 2011
12:10 pm

Should be a good year for the dawgs. 5 victories, Richt opens 4 new tanning salons in Miami, choakdawg eats 4000 doughnuts, and are repeart winners of the Fulmer Cup.

Crowell goes pro after his freshman season. Saying he gave it all for the dawgs after playing in two games and rushing for 150 yards.

Richt starts recruiting for Dream Team II. Blames the 50 point loss to Boise State on the field goal kicker.

Andy

March 9th, 2011
12:12 pm

Personally, I think when a Coach willfully covers up a violation, I think it should be punished more severely than the players who committed the violation. The Coach is supposed to be the example and is supposed to do the right thing. If the Coach doesn’t do the right thing, how can we expect the players to do the same?

Also, delaying the punishment of the 5 players until next year and allowing them to play in the bowl game is shameful. Other teams who have broken rules have had suspensions instituted immediately and did not get an entire off-season to prepare and plan for the suspensions. The NCAA may be trying to play ball with the TV folks, but in the end they are going to alienate fans, lose credibility and damage the game.

extrapoint

March 9th, 2011
12:13 pm

Remember a few years ago when they gave us a courteous #1 ranking to start the season. After a close win over Georgia Southern they dropped us in the rankings. However, Ohio State with a cream puff opening schedule would not suffer this fate whether they won by one or by fifty. They are among
the chosen few that can do know wrong. Being an almost automatic lock to the BCS due to a weak
conference, the University President meant what he said about the coach not firing him. Remember,
we only save the Death Pentaly for the lower revenue schools, so Ohio State should be just fine. But
I like the fact it’s six month before the season so they can have this hang over their heads.

BullDawg Country

March 9th, 2011
12:17 pm

Ohio State has been a joke to the SEC for some time. ESPN or the Big 10 might like them but we know they are soft. They play one or two real games a year sandwiched in betweeen the cupcakes, then bowl time comes and they take their annual beating from the SEC. Pretenders at best!

BullDawg Country

March 9th, 2011
12:19 pm

I noticed Buckeye is not making any comments today. Oh yeah, he’s hiding under his desk!

bucket

March 9th, 2011
12:20 pm

Consider Richt’s actions to realizing he called a recruit by mistake before it was legal to do so – he immediately called the compliance office and they self-reported. Also, Richt held out his best player while the NCAA drug their feet in passing down a suspension. Anyone who thinks that Green not being able to play in the first 4 games didn’t contribute to UGA’s first losing season in awhile are not being fair. The team might have been 3-0 in conference with him, but instead were 0-3 and out of serious contention for anything by the time Green got back. Eventually good guys will be rewarded and bad guys will be punished. Teams like OSU and Auburn were flying high this year and UGA was in the toilet, but the story is not over yet.

dawg39

March 9th, 2011
12:24 pm

You got it right. “what a Joke”. Tressell & his team will suffer no serious repercussions from this. Way to teat everyone equal, NCAAA.

mgdawg

March 9th, 2011
12:30 pm

If the program isn’t put on a probation after this then the NCAA has given up all credibility. Allowing players to play in a bcs bowl when they violated ncaa rules and the suspension was put on hold til next season was a show of money over morals already, if they do not punish the school and the coach more harshly all respect will be gone. Green got four games for a jersey, tressel covered up for 5 players, by my calculations that’s 20 games. I know this won’t happen, but the school being put on probation for two years and a cut of scholarships and the coach being suspended 4-6 games with a bigger fine would be a good place to start. Don’t forget dez bryant got suspended 10 games for having luch with deion.

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Will

March 9th, 2011
12:35 pm

Ha Ha…can never imagine UGA’s president uttering such words? How about your AD courting around 20 somethings??