15, Nov. 2011
15, Nov. 2011
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SCANDAL
-From classy to inferior-
From December 23, 2010 to June 14, 2011, The Ohio State University, and its football program took a turn for the worst. The once classy, respected, and high profile football dynasty, was now being regarded as a program with many scandals, and is on high watch alert by the NCAA. This program, that I have grown up to watch, and have been a die-hard fan of since I was in diapers, is now seen by the public as a program that is tumbling downward, and filled with scandals. The coach, known as "the vest", instilled values on me since I have been able to comprehend words, is now seen as a decieving cheater, and a classless individual. I can tell you that this is not true, and even through all these scandals, and his reassignment as the head coach of The Ohio State University's football program, I will stand by Jim Tressel for the rest of my life.
Bill Bender displays a timeline from December 23, 2010-June 14, 2011.
How it all went down...
December 23, 2010- The Ohio State University suspends five players for the first five games of the 2011 season after they were found guilty of NCAA violations for selling memorabilia and awards for improper benefits, including tattoos. The players included starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, starting running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, starting wide receiver Devier Posey, and defensive end Solomon Thomas. The University, and the NCAA however, will allow the five players to participate in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl against star quarterback Ryan Mallet and eight ranked Arkansas.
This was the cover for ESPN the magazine for one of their subscriptions.
It displays the vest that Jim Tressel is known for wearing on Saturdays with the word busted on it, instead of the Ohio State logo.
January 4, 2011- Ohio State defeats Arkansas 31-26 in the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes got major contributions from the suspended players. Starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor lead the buckeyes with 221 yards passing, 115 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. Starting tailback Daniel "Boom" Herron contributes with 87 yards rushing and a touchdown. Devier Posey, the buckeyes number one reciever, had three receptions for 70 yards including a 43 yard touchdown reception from Pryor to give Ohio State a 28-7 lead with 1:59 seconds left in the first half. Defensive end Solomon Thomas intercepted Ryan Mallet late in the fourth quarter to help Ohio State seal the victory. This win gives head coach Jim Tressel his fifth BCS victory, and the Buckeyes first bowl victory against an SEC team in school history.
March 8, 2011- A yahoo sports story alleges Tressel knew of his players selling the items more than 8 months before school officials said they were made aware of the transactions. Former walk-on, and local attorney Christopher Cicero emailed Tressel and made him aware of the situation. Even though Cicero did this, Tressel said in a press conference that he kept this information to himself to protect the confidentiality of a federal investigation and the safety of his players. Ohio State suspends Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season, and fines him $250, 000. The president of Ohio State, E. Gordon Gee was asked whether or not Tressel might be fired, he commented, "I'm just hoping that the coach doesn't dismiss me."
March 17, 2011- The NCAA upholds the five-game suspensions for the five Ohio state players. Head coach Jim Tressel vows that athletic director Gene Smith increase his suspension from two to five games to match the players punishment.
March 25- The Columbus Dispatch reports that Tressel forwarded the emails he received concerning the players to Ted Sarniak, a businessman from Jeannette, P.A., who is a mentor to Terrelle Pryor.
April 12- Ohio State receives a notice of allegations from the NCAA, mostly concerning Tressel's actions.
May 7- The Columbus Dispatch reports that, "Ohio State's director of compliance is reviewing at least 50 car sales to Buckeyes athletes and relatives to see if they met NCAA rules.
May 26, 2011- Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small tells Ohio State's school newspaper, "The Lantern", that during his time at Ohio State from 2006-2010 he sold his Big Ten Championship rings and other memorabilia. He also said that he received deals on cars. Jim Tressel suspended Small multiple times, including his senior year before the 2010 Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks.
May 30, 2011- This is a sad day. According to ESPN.com, "Jim Tressel, who brought Ohio State its first national title in 34 years, resigned today amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sulled the image of the country's top football programs."
June 7, 2011- Ohio State starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor announces his intention to forgo his senior season in favor of the NFL supplemental draft.
June 8, 2011- Ohio State responds to NCAA allegations, and vacates all 12 wins from the 2010-2011 season, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. Ohio State self-imposes a two year probation on its football program, but no scholarship losses or bowl ban.
June 14, 2011- Terelle Pryor holds a press conference with agent Drew Rosenhaus in Miami, Fla, and Pryor says, "Coach Jim Tressel, I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot, and I apologize for putting you in a situation of taking you out of a job, a place that you love to be."
*Five original suspended Ohio State football players*
This photo displays the five original Buckeyes who were initially suspended on December 23, 2010. (from left to right) Mike Adams, senior offensive tackle, Dan "Boom" Herron, senior running back, Devier Posey, senior wide receiver, Terelle Pryor, (former Ohio State quarterback, now in the NFL with the raiders), and Solomon Thomas, a red shirt senior defensive end. According to an abc news article, a sixth player, linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out the first game of the 2011 season and pay $150 to a charity for the value of services that were discounted because he was a Buckeye player.
I believe that these players should all be suspended, because they broke NCAA rules, and violations. Even though I am a huge Buckeye fan, these players deserved what they got. Even though these players were suspended, they were elected to be able to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which in my opinion shouldn't have been allowed. If the NCAA found out about these allegations before the Sugar Bowl, then why would they allow these Buckeyes to participate? Like I talked about earlier in this blog, all five players made a significant difference in this game, which eventually led to an Ohio State victory. Unfortunately, none of this mattered, because the great NCAA had Ohio State vacate all of their wins from the 2010-2011 season, including the 31-26 BCS Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. WIthout these players playing, Arkansas could have solidified a foundation win for their program, and it wouldn't have gotten erased from the record books.
Video Clips displayed from Youtube
In this video link, an ESPN analyst talks about the five Ohio State football that were suspended for accepting improper benefits. This was a segment that was aired before The BCS Allstate Sugar bowl against Ryan Mallet, and Arkansas. All five of these players were able to participate in this game, and that was a huge controversy because it was a huge game, and many believed that these five players which include starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, starting running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, starting OT Mike Adams, starting wide receiver Devier Posey, and DE Solomon Thomas. Many fans of Buckeye nation didn't , and still don't accept the players apologies for what they did.
In this video clip, they interview Terrelle Pryor and ask him about his block 'O' tattoo. That tattoo is one of the tattoos that Terrelle traded memorabilia for, and when asked about where he got it, he told the interviewer that he got it "back home". Obviously, this is one of many lies that Terrelle Pryor told during his time at The Ohio State University.
In this video, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith talks about the players that got suspended, and tries to vogue for them by saying things such as, "it was for their family". Terrelle Pryor was quoted on November 20, 2010 that, "I'm not worried about money. My mom works a little bit and I can get some of her money and use the money I get here". So, do I think that Terrelle Pryor traded memorabilia for money to help his family? No, I believe he did it for himself.
In this video, a man whose face isn't available to see, talks to an interviewer on Outside the Lines. The interview talks about Terrelle Pryor receiving 500-1000$ three to four times a week, for signing memerobilia for Dennis Talbot who is not an Ohio State booster. The interview was asked why Terrelle did this, and he simply replied "he wanted the money".
Ray Small, a former Ohio State wide receiver talks about how he sold his rings for his own purposes. He implied he would do it to get his rent paid, and he ball parked his estimations for 800-1000$ in cash. He knew he was breaking these rules, but didn't care about doing so.
This video displays the apologies of all five Ohio State suspended players including (in order first speaker, to last) Devier Posey, Mike Adams, Daniel "Boom" Herron, Terelle Pryor, and Solomon Thomas.
TRESSEL OR NCCA THE TARGET?
According to the article, Ohio State football scandal: Is coach or 'hypocritical' NCAA to blame? written by Daniel B. Wood, "