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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Terrelle Pryor, Devier Posey, Boom Herron Suspended for Half the 2011 Season

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It was just announced today that five college football players from The Ohio State University must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits in 2009. Yes,the Buckeyes will indeed be without some of their key players for one game less than half the year.

A sixth football player must sit out the first game in 2011 for receiving discounted services in violation of NCAA rules.

In addition to missing OSU’s first contests of 2011, Mike Adams, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Devier Posey, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas must repay money and benefits ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,500. The repayments must be made to a charity.

The Draconian harshness of the ruling, when compared against the Cam Newton situation, which resulted in no infraction, will no doubt inspire of legions of Buckeye fans to cry foul and accuse the NCAA of hypocrisy.

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Limiting Terrelle Pryor’s Media Access: Certainly in Ohio State’s Best Interest

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When you’re named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year not once, but twice and yet still uninvited to Big Ten Media Day on both occasions, it really says something about your University’s interest in having you talk with the press.

Such is the case with Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor.

And despite all the substantial efforts by Ohio State marketing and public relations professionals to limit Pryor’s access and/or augment his public persona, he’s still getting as much publicity from his verbal gaffes as he is from his play on the college football field.

By Paul M. Banks

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Terrelle Pryor playing at a near Heisman Level

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Two of the last three times that Ohio State played for the national title (2002 with Craig Krenzel and 2007 with Todd Boeckman) they had a “game manager” as their quarterback. Game manager is a euphemism for mediocre signal caller; a field general who won’t win games for you, but he also won’t lose any.

In the third instance, 2006, they had a Heisman trophy center under in Troy Smith. In 2010, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN listed Smith as the “Big Ten player of the decade.”

Smith may have been the best of the three OSU QBs, but in that title game loss, a 41-14 destruction at the hands of St. Tebow’s Florida Gators, Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards, and had an interception, a fumble, and he was sacked 5 times.

The Buckeyes current QB, Terrelle Pryor, has the potential to succeed where Smith failed and become a much more complete quarterback than all the Ohio State QBs in the Jim Tressel era. Yes, Pryor should be better than Smith. But he’s not there yet.

By Paul M. Banks

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