Some Ohio State University football supporters have lost touch with reality. This rabid fringe does an injustice to the phrase "sports fan." Their priorities are whacked greater than the usual sports fan. These deranged, knuckledragging cretins are a black eye for sports. Real Ohio State fans should be embarrassed by this fringe element.
Excerpts from a Mar 12, 2011 - Yahoo! Sports - ‘Relentless’ Buckeye fans have driven Kirk Herbstreit from Ohio
Per an interview with the Columbus Dispatch:
Excerpts from a Mar 11, 2011 - Yahoo! Sports - Lawyer says he was trying to warn Tressel
Tressel has admitted he violated NCAA rules for not disclosing information Cicero e-mailed to him. He repeatedly refrained from telling Ohio State’s compliance department or his superiors about potential NCAA bylaw violations involving some of his players.
In the first e-mail from Cicero, at 2:32 p.m. on April 2, 2010, Cicero said that Ohio State players were giving autographed Buckeyes football shirts, jerseys and footballs to a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner who was under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in a drug-trafficking case. “Just passing this on to you,” Cicero wrote. Exactly four hours later, Tressel replied: “Thanks. I will get on it ASAP.” However, the coach did not tell Smith or anyone in his compliance department until officials presented him with the e-mails in January .
Cicero said he had received in the past few days since his role in Tressel’s NCAA violation came to light. Yahoo! Sports first reported on Monday that Tressel had prior knowledge of the improper benefits involving his players. Tressel said at Tuesday’s news conference that he did not disclose the information from Cicero because he was concerned about preserving the confidentiality of a federal drug investigation.Tressel signed an NCAA Certificate of Compliance Form—on which indicated he had no knowledge of any possible NCAA violations—on Sept. 13, 2010. He also did not report the information he had received from Cicero when university officials told him on Dec. 9 that players had sold memorabilia to Rife and that the U.S. Attorney was pursuing a case against Rife. On Dec. 16, Tressel was asked if he had been contacted on the memorabilia matter and he replied “that while he received a tip about general rumors pertaining to certain of his players, that information had not been specific, and it pertained to their off-field choices,” the university said in its formal letter to the NCAA regarding Tressel’s violation.
Stunningly, Tressel claimed that he did not know who to contact about these possible violations by OSU football players. Tressel's statement was intellectually offensive. If Tressel is that stupid, then he does not deserve to be coaching a big-time football program. The NCAA should feel insulted by Tressel's Sergeant Schultz impersonation and slam Tressel with a maximum penalty.
The players should have had the awareness to double-check with someone to make sure what they were doing was legit with the NCAA. But the head coach has to be more knowledgeable, responsible, and accountable than the players. Tressel is trying to peddle a lame excuse. He has no excuse. He and the university only came clean the story broke.
I think Tressel is more upset about being caught and exposed than what he knowingly did wrong.
It's been mentioned numerous times that the NCAA suspended then Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant for an entire season for lying to the NCAA. As of now, the NCAA has not ruled on Tressel.
Initially, the university gave Tressel a two-game suspension, which is bizarre since the OSU players got a five game suspension. Now it seems Tressel is voluntarily increasing his suspension to five games. This is all done to appease the NCAA. OSU and Tressel now know they could be in serious trouble. If they wanted the NCAA to go easy on them, then they should have came forward with the issue before Yahoo! Sports broke the story last week.
Maybe this OSU fringe element is larger than a fringe.
Excerpts from a Mar 17, 2011 blog post Anti-Tressel Columbus Radio Host Fired
Excerpts from a Mar 17, 2011 blog post Official Buckeye Station Can’t Handle The Truth?
Before today, I couldn’t begin to conceptualize how difficult it must be for current WBNS hosts thanks to Ohio State’s multiple, admitted NCAA and ethical indiscretions. Though from I’ve been told happened at WBNS the past week, I now have a pretty good idea.
Today the Bruce Hooley, announced that he was leaving the station. A station source told me today that Hooley’s January monthly ratings were higher than the station’s Ohio State football-bolstered fall ratings. With the winter radio ratings period ending shortly, Hooley was likely in line for a ratings bonus from WBNS.
I’ve never met Hooley but from what I’ve heard of his WBNS work over the years, he’s the same direct, informative and honest guy about Ohio State as he was in print. Sometimes brutally honest.
In other words, a rare breed in the ultimate college town.
So why did Hooley walk out on WBNS?
A station source told me today that Hooley was called into a meeting at WBNS last Wednesday. The meeting was expressly timed by station management to catch Hooley before he was able to first comment on Ohio State’s press conference the day before in which it announced its NCAA violation. I was told today that Hooley was instructed by WBNS management not to “scorch the earth” when giving his thoughts on what turned about to be an OSU public relations botch job of epic proportion.
n listening to a portion of Hooley’s subsequent Wednesday show, I heard him say that as an Ohio State alumnus, he was tired of Tressel’s program embarrassing the school. Hooley then listed other past NCAA violations on Tressel’s watch at OSU (Maurice Clarett, Troy Smith, Tattoogate) and Youngstown State. (YSU QB Ray Isaac testified in federal court under oath that a booster Tressel introduced him to, Mickey Monus, gave him $10,000 and “2-3″ cars why he was playing for the Penguins.)
After losing Spielman, Hooley’s importance to WBNS was doubly important. When Hooley entered WBNS, Herbstreit and Spielman were an everyday radio staple for Columbus Buckeyes fans. Now with Herbstreit and Spielman essentially gone from the Buckeye flagship, Hooley was by far the highest-profile and most credible personality at the station.But - from what I’ve been told by a station source - Vanstone’s tone deaf managerial style along with onerous on-air oversight by station PD Taylor, as with Spielman, is what caused Hooley to also leave the station.
Excerpts from a Mar 16, 2011 Bruce Hooley blog post
Excerpts from a Mar 17, 2011 Bruce Hooley blog post