Ohio State Football: NCAA Is to Blame in Scandals Yet Again

Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IJune 27, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30:  Head Coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media during a press conference before the start of Spring practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at The Ohio State University on March 30, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The NCAA is to blame for the college athletics scandals we see in the news, at least as much as the teams it sanctions.

Back in December, Terrelle Pryor and four teammates were suspended for the first five games of next season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also received improper benefits and free tattoos nearly two years ago.

As you all know, former coach Jim Tressel and Pryor have since left.

The most ridiculous part of the whole situation is that the players were all allowed to play in the bowl game and face suspension several months down the road.

This is where we see how dirty and hypocritical the NCAA truly is.

It can't be proven, but one would assume they were allowed to play because if they didn't, money would have been lost.

Boosters would be furious because putting the star, Terrelle Pryor, on the bench would have been a severe blow to the Buckeyes' chances of winning the game.

The people watching at home would have been likely to change the channel without the star power as well, especially if the game turned into a blowout early.

The NCAA stood to lose a lot of money that night.

So instead of suspending the players for the bowl game, they suspended them for five regular season games that don't benefit or harm the NCAA.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthe
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The hypocrisy doesn't stop there.

These players aren't paid outside of their scholarships, yet they aren't allowed to sell their own personal possessions.

What kind of a rule is this?

Punish them a game or two for the free tattoos if you want, but for selling their own stuff?

Absolutely ridiculous.

Then the NCAA investigated to the point that it turned into a witch hunt, ultimately forcing Pryor and coach Tressel away.

This reminds me of the Wizard of Oz, and the NCAA is the man behind the curtain.