When you thought you'd heard the worst and the storm had passed, laughable and unbelievable news keeps popping up all over the Ohio State radar. There is no doubt that Jim Tressel deserved every single punishment that came to him in the past few weeks. It's funny because all the fans seem to just keep making excuses for him and the program.
Unfortunately, It is a shining example of the way the NCAA operates and how easy it is to dupe the system. On April 2nd an attorney emailed Tressel telling him that his players were involved in selling their equipment to Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line ink with detailed information. Tressel responded to these emails saying "I will get on it ASAP".
The next warning came and Tressel responded to the second helpful warning with "I hear you !! It is unbelievable !! Thanks for your help ... Keep me posted as to what I need to do if anything."
Not only did he not report it, which is one thing, he failed to come forth when they asked him head on about the issues.
What still gets me is that when the ceiling fell the first time, the punishment was a mere slap-on-the-wrist. "Listen guys, what you did was really bad, but not so bad that we have to take away the money venture you are about to embark upon called the All State Sugar Bowl. Now keep it on the DL and go make us some money."
Pathetic. But, next season...next season, your five best players are suspended for the first five (insignificant) games.
To make it even more glorious and graceful of an exit for Tressel, Terrelle Pryor rolls into the press conference with a brand new 350 Z with beautiful rims.
Now listen, I was in college but didn't play sports, so I can't imagine being required to study film, lift and go to class in the course of one day, on top of finding time to work a job that could give me enough money to support the bills that come with a brand new sports car.
For the record I drove a nice white 1995 Honda Civic.)
If Jim Tressel wasn't in enough deep ___ already, here comes his All-American quarterback to dig him into a deeper hole. Thanks Terrelle!
In the long run, this won't matter, just another top BCS program that worked over the system. There are more out there doing the same, but haven't been caught.
I do expect to see the NCAA make an example of Ohio State, but not to a horrible degree.
In the end, the world will never be free from deviance when people are willing to give up anything to get what they want.