NCAA Revenue Producing Sports Utterly Corrupt; Time for Drastic Change

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There couldn’t have been a more fitting end to the 2010-11 NCAA revenue producing sport season than what went down in Houston. In a town dominated by Halliburton, graft and corruption was again king as Ohio State Buckeyes Athletic Director Gene Smith, who presides over a suspended college football coach (Jim Tressel), handing the trophy to a soon-to-be suspended college basketball coach (UConn’s Jim Calhoun). The program being sanctioned beat the Butler Bulldogs, who are ostensibly clean.

And Calhoun got to this game by defeating a Kentucky Wildcats program run by coach John Calipari, who had his two previous trips to the Final Four (1996 at Massachusetts, 2008 at Memphis) vacated due to violations.

The trophy presentation was preceded by NCAA president Mark Emmert‘s  quote, “What A Wonderful Championship!” Given how it was literally the ugliest title game in college basketball history, it’s fair to say he was probably lying with that statment.

But that’s nothing compared to how he came off in his interview for HBO Real Sports. In that segment, he almost seemed like a college sports version of Bernie Madoff.

By Paul M. Banks

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More Jim Tressel Infractions Revealed; May miss Ohio State Spring Season

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As Bruce Pearl learned from the University of Tennessee last week, it’s not so much the NCAA infractions, it’s the lying that really matters. Things got worse for officially “embattled” Ohio State Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel; and things will likely continue to get worse for the leader of one of college football’s premier programs.

Multiple sources told the Columbus Dispatch that Tressel forwarded e-mails containing info about players selling merchandise to a local tattoo parlor owner who was under federal investigation– therefore rendering them ineligible for the 2010 season – to one of the player’s  mentors.

The fact that the player in question is the face of their program Terrelle Pryor,  and a player already suspended, is even more devastating.
By Paul M. Banks

Ohio State Suspends Coach Tressel Two Games for NCAA Violation

Ohio State University has fined longtime football coach Jim Tressel $250,000 dollars, in addition to a two-game suspension after uncovering that Tressel had prior knowledge of his players’ NCAA violations.

Vice president and director of athletics, Gene Smith; head football coach, Jim Tressel, and president of Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee addressed the media Tuesday at 7 PM, regarding the issue and ongoing NCAA investigation.

Athletic Director Gene Smith began the conference by clearly reiterating the University’s support of Coach Tressel and dismissing any rumors of Tressel’s resignation.

“He is a coach of young men and we trust him 100%,” Smith said, “…he is our coach and we trust him implicitly.”

By Harrini Krishnan

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Jim Tressel Trades Reputation For Wins

Jim Tressel has plenty of accomplishments. He has a National Championship, he has 7 Big Ten titles, he has a winning percentage better than .800 and he’s got a 9-1 record against Michigan. Yet, with all of that under his belt, Tressel risked his job (maybe), his reputation (definitely) and the program’s future in order to lock up a couple wins during the 2010 campaign.

Yep, the Sweater Vest himself traded on his own pristine reputation to make a play at the 2010 National Title (failed) at the cost of potential program reparations in the years to come. The worst part about it is that he could have prevented it.

By Peter Christian

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Ohio State Calls Emergency Press Conference, Tressel’s Job in Jeopardy?

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E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, Gene Smith, vice president and director of athletics, and Jim Tressel, head football coach, will address the media at the Jack Nicklaus Museum tonight at 7 PM ET.

The availability will be streamed live on www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

What is this about? Obviously, it’s about whether Tressel had any advance knowledge of the infractions (and possibly covered them up) before the NCAA suspended Terrelle Pryor, Boom Herron, and Devier Posey for five games in the 2011 season.

Things don’t look good in Columbus, and it all stems from a Yahoo report questioning what Tressel knew and when did he know it.ji

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Did Ohio State’s Jim Tressel Have Advance Knowledge of Infractions?

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Shortly before college football’s Sugar Bowl, Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel’s program was rocked with scandal. His star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver Devier Posey and running back Boom Herron, among others were reprimanded for selling their awards, memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. As you know, they’ll be suspended for about the first half of 2011.

Yahoo! Sports released an investigative report Monday claiming the Buckeyes head football coach knew his players were selling memorabilia for cash eight months before they were suspended by the NCAA for five games in the 2011 season.

With the college basketball team about to start March Madness as the nation’s #1 overall seed, maybe the timing here is perfect?

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