I had a big post planned for today that called out Ohio State University for going easy on football coach Jim Tressel. Then I went over to the Post-Gazette's Web site and saw Bob Smizik beat me to the punch. Now I am trying to figure out if it's worse that I agree with Smizik, or that he and I share an opinion.
Whether you agree with the NCAA's ruling that five Ohio State players, including Terrelle Pryor, will be suspended for five games next season for selling their Big Ten title paraphernalia, it's a joke that Tressel knew about the issue for months, did nothing and was only suspended for two games next season.
|Someone tell him that's not edible.
He is supposed to be a teacher to these kids, yet he enabled them to break the rules. It doesn't matter that the rule is stupid. It's a rule and he needs to enforce it if he's aware of any violations.
I don't buy for one minute the story Tressel is selling. He told media that he didn't punish the players in the 2010 season because benching starters would have raised other questions.
No, benching starting players would have raised one question: "Why didn't these guys start today?"
Tressel didn't want to have to answer this question and was hoping everything would blow over. If you read the story, he never apologized once in his press conference for concealing information from the NCAA or Ohio State. No, Tressel wanted to win games and maybe a National Championship, which he couldn't do if he benched the players in question.
The biggest joke of this violation is Tressel is only getting two games, while his players get five. Tressel is making millions per season. That $250,000 fine and two games against Akron and Toledo are nothing. His punishment should match his players'.
I get that they made the original mistake, but Tressel was alerted to it and did nothing. He could have sent the right message by upholding the rules of the NCAA. Instead, he is sending the message that it's OK to ignore a problem and hope it goes away.
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