Jim Tressel: Top 10 Tweets About Ohio State Violations
Last April, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail telling him that "two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules."
He ignored this e-mail and continued business as usual.
Apparently, lying about this kind of stuff is a pretty big deal. Tressel did not see it this way, and now, he will be missing the first two games of the 2011 season, under suspension from the university.
While a few of his top players, including QB Terrelle Pryor, will be missing five games to start the season, the coach will only miss two games, in addition to a $250,000 fine, among other slaps on the wrist.
Our social media has become the cornerstone of quick information and information sharing, and these are the best of the best from the Twitter world on what they are saying about Tressel.
10. Joe Schad: National College Football Reporter
Tweet: "It's one thing to miss Akron and Toledo...But what about Miami, Col, MSU and/or Nebraska?"
Schad hits the point on the head. Many are questioning the quantity of the games, but how about the quality of opponent?
9. Dave Telep: ESPN Senior Analyst
Tweet: "I think Ohio State should have made Jim Tressel get $250K worth of tattoos from that parlor. That'll teach the coaches going forward."
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. In this case, Tressel would be tattooed from head to toe.
8. Terrelle Pryor: OSU Quarterback
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Tweet: "THE Ohio State Buckeyes face and overcome any adversity that comes our way! Brings us closer together As a team. And brings us closer 2 GOD"
Ironic that the guy is so optimistic when his coach gets in less trouble than he did for infractions that could easily both see them removed from school.
7. QBKILLA (aka Warren Sapp): Former NFL Stat and NFL Network Analyst
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Tweet: "Don't Jim Tressel Sound Like a Kid That Did Something Wrong And Says I Didn't Want a Whipping!"
Eloquently put. Sapp makes a good point that Tressel and most coaches don't ever want to take responsibility for their actions.
6. Stephen A. Smith: ESPN Personality
Tweet: "Allow me to say this: I do not believe Jim Tressel should be fired. But I do believe he should be suspended for the ENTIRE SEASON."
There is a movement for stronger action to be taken against the Buckeyes coach, and when Stephen A. Smith starts any sentence with, "Allow me to say this...", you know he means it.
5. Pat Forde: ESPN.com Columnist
Tweet: "I'd like to see the NCAA add three games to Tressel's university-imposed two-game suspension and make it equal to what players got."
Forde makes a good point. Why should the coach be held less responsible than his players for a rules violation that could have cost other coaches their jobs?
4. Blake (aka TheBlakeMinor): Fan
Twitter Description: Currently the lighting director for Straight No Chaser. And a 10-year veteran of the Houston Astros. Former (future) teacher.
Tweet: "Breaking News: Due to recent NCAA violations, Ohio State has lost its "The" status."
One of the funnier tweets about the violations and a slap at all Ohio State fans who insist on everyone calling their university THE Ohio State University, as if there is another one.
*attached picture is from twitter account
3. Jay Crawford: ESPN First Take
Tweet: "interesting the 1 phrase i keep hearing on the osu football violations, 'rules are rules' that's what said when the rules don't make sense.... the bottom line is what ive been saying for years. ncaa should re-examine many of it's rules. why keep these kids poor while every1 else $$$... in the meantime. KNOW THE RULES! FOLLOW THE RULES! work in a positive manner to CHANGE the rules!! come on tress!"
Crawford displays all thoughts and emotions on the spectrum with this three-part tweet. He understands the rules but then goes on to condemn Tressel for knowingly breaking rules, even if he thinks they are bogus.
2. Jeff Schultz: (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Tweet: "If A.J. Green gets 4 games for selling jersey, how does Jim Tressel get 2 games for covering up multi-player scandal? NCAA: Your move."
Again, Schultz calls out the system for only giving Tressel two games when he was involved in a much larger scandal than many others that have gotten in trouble.
He calls on the NCAA to make its move, something that has been floating around the Twitter community all day.
1. Greg Doyle: CBS Sports
Tweet: "Terrelle Pryor now owns Jim Tressel. What did Tressel say to make Pryor return in 2011? Dunno. But Pryor owns him."
Conspiracy theory alert! This is obviously a speculative claim, but it makes us wonder...