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Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 4:17 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

As Ohio State prepares for an eventual ruling from the NCAA regarding knowledge of players receiving improper benefits, college football's governing body issued the school an official "Notice of Allegations" letter on Monday.  The document detailed the potential violations committed both by the football program and individually by head coach Jim Tressel.  The Columbus Dispatch, which also received a copy of the letter, reported that Ohio State could face "the most severe NCAA penalties to its storied football program."

The official wording in the letter was that the Buckeyes, and Tressel in particular, faced charges that are being considered "potential major violations."  The 13-page document also points a very stern finger at the iconic head coach, claiming Tressel "permitted football student-athletes to participate in intercollegiate athletics while ineligible" and declaring that he "failed to deport himself ... (with) honesty and integrity".  That last "honesty" part is where things get particularly difficult for Tressel, who signed and dated a compliance form last September that acknowledged he was unaware any possible NCAA violations.  

As more details continue to be released from the NCAA investigation as well as efforts by the local media, that "honesty" bit gets tougher for Tressel.  Earlier Monday the Dispatch reported the findings from an email request that reveal much more contact between the head coach and other people involved in the accusations.  University president Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, and most importantly Ohio State's compliance office, were not included in the series of phone calls and emails around the time of Tressel receiving the tip.

The trouble began for the Buckeyes' head coach when he received an email from a former Ohio State player and current Columbus lawyer, Christopher Cicero. Cicero informed Tressel that a Federal raid of a local tattoo parlor turned up several thousands of dollars worth of Ohio State memorabillia.  Tressel responded to the lawyer that he would "get on it ASAP," and then proceeded to contact Ted Sarniak - a local Pennsylvania businessman and advisor/mentor to Terrelle Pryor.  

The notice from the NCAA did say the case is closed against the five players who exchanged memorabillia for cash, free/discounted tattoos, and discounts/loans towards the purchase of a used vehicle. The NCAA has said that the players (Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Solomon Thomas and Jordan Whiting) will not face further punishment. They have been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season.  However, the program could still receive punishment for fielding ineligible players, and obviously Tressel faces much more serious charges invidually.

Another thing that the letter included was a notice that Ohio State could be treated as a repeat-offender by the NCAA because of violations stemming from Troy Smith and former basketball coach Jim O'Brien.  Both instances involved improper benefits as well, however neither was damning enough to warrant severe punishment by itself.  If the Buckeyes' program is treated as a repeat offender, they could be looking at the possibility of a postseason ban or the loss of scholarships.

The one piece of good news for Ohio State fans fearful of the future is the lack of the phrase "institutional control."  Those phrases, which normally lead to violations with the harshest penalties, are designed for programs which have insufficient compliance offices.  For a program like Ohio State to get hit with such a violations would rock the college football world, but thankfully for their fans and alumni it looks like they will dodge that bullet.

READ MORE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd asks "What's next for Ohio State?"

Click here for the full "Notice of Allegations" from the NCAA to Ohio State President Gordon Gee [via Columbus Dispatch]

Keep it here at CBSSports.com and the Eye on College Football for more on the Ohio State investigation as it develops. 



Comments

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

That being said, I'd still kill to see outdoor bowl games in the cold states in January, like at Soldier Field, Cleveland Browns Stadium, or the Meadowlands, especially BCS games.
I'll agree with that, it wouldn't kill them to have an annual BCS bowl game at the New Meadowlands. What could be a bigger draw than an NYC NYE and then a bowl game? Not to mention over half the teams in the Nation, college and pro, play in temperate climates for a good portion of the season. If the Fiesta goes, to hell with the tradition of the Cotton Bowl, start the Big Apple Bowl (Or NYC Bowl) and put a game in the North. The BCS itself is untraditional, this is a new time for college football, expand its lustor into new territories and to new audiences. 



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Let's be honest about why the Big 10 gets multiple BCS bids.

  1. Huge fan base.
  2. Usually have 2 teams in or near enough to the Top 10.
  3. We travel well.
The third point point can't be understated, as I guarantee you that the Rose Bowl doesn't want USC there all the time, nor does the Sugar Bowl want LSU there, and the Orange Bowl for UF/FSU/Miami.  Those teams can travel maybe a day in advance, or even show up on game day, and provide little to no boost at all to the local economy, like hotel rooms, restaurants, etc.

By contrast, the Big 10 has no choice but to travel, and our fans willing do so every single January, usually for multiple days in advance providing the economic boost that the local teams can not offer.  Thus, we're always a virtual lock for a 2nd BCS bid when we're in the running for one.

That being said, I'd still kill to see outdoor bowl games in the cold states in January, like at Soldier Field, Cleveland Browns Stadium, or the Meadowlands, especially BCS games.  I'd like to see that vaunted SEC speed advantage when they're playing in sub-zero temperatures.  Heck, half or more of the SEC players have never even seen a snowflake, let alone dealt with bone chilling cold.




Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

"cleaves2000....just so you know,Cleveland is third in pro football championships even if none have come as of late but you being a Detroit fan don't have a whole lot of room to talk,and your Spartans...well they speak for themselves."

really? really? cleveland browns? thats like me claiming the titles the lions won. NOBODY CARES UNLESS THEY ARE SUPER BOWL WINS!

lets see.....im a detroit fan....unlike you who is one of them fans all over the place.....green bay packers..hmmm....pittsburgh penguins...hmmmm.....boston celtics.....hmmm.....looks like you like the front runners! where do the detroit tigers fit in to all that?

but yet you say a detroit fan and a sparty fan dont have much to talk about......

1. i seen the tigers win a world series
2. i seen the pistons win 3 NBA championships
3. i seen the red wings win 4 stanley cups
4. i seen michigan st win 2 basketball national championships........and in the same time i only witnessed 1 ohio st national   championship in either of the big 2 sports. so as far as your sparty comment....ive seen 2 national championships in baskeball.

so once again what has cleveland done in the past 50 years? any world series wins? superbowl wins? NBA championships?

but then i realize you have no home team dedication. i could easily like the packers, lakers, and yankees myself, but i am dedicated to my hometown!!!!!!!!!  and i live in chicago now!

no matter what we argue "mr integrity" is a liar. thats why his book that he wrote about "integrity" isnt selling anywhere outside of columbus. and they cant even read in ohio i heard. did he have pictures in it?

im still laughing my azz off at "cleveland is third in pro football championships" bwahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
what was there 10 teams in the league when they won? smartest thing ever was moving the doomed franchise to baltimore....then what happened? baltimore won a superbowl...ouch that must of hurt.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

So you feel the Big Ten, as a whole is better than the Pac-10?  Where do you rank the Big Ten in comparison to the other BCS conferences?

  1. SEC
  2. Big 12
  3. Big Ten
  4. ACC
  5. Pac 10
  6. Big East
Since 2007, the Pac 10 has put fewer teams into bowl games than C-USA and fielded only 4 last year. The Big Ten has the most BCS appearancs at 23, whereas the Pac 10 only has 14. In ten of the thirteen years the BCS has been around, a second Big Ten team has made a BCS game. That compares with three at-larges for the P10. That speaks volumes of the conference.
I guess we will have to agree to disagree -- you have your right to your opinion and I respect your thoughts regarding the Big Ten.  As I said -- I am a fan of the Big Ten, but as a whole, in the last decade -- the Big Ten doesn't have the teams to compete with other top conferences.  OSU is the only team who has shown lasting power, and you see what happened in the last two NC games they got into it.  They were blown out in both, including one to a 2 loss SEC team.
At this point and time -- I would sort of agree with the Pac-10 comments, but once USC is done with the NCAA violations -- they are going to be right back to the top.  Also -- You can call Stanford what you'd like, but they are going to be a top 10 team again this year with their QB coming back.
My opinion might be skewed about the big ten due to how some of the teams faired in last years bowl games.  Wisconsin lost to a mid-major.  MSU would have lost by 70 if a 3 loss 'Bama didn't call off the dogs.  UM was embarassed by a Miss. State team that finished 4th or 5th in their SEC division.
To put the ACC ahead of the Pac-10 is just wrong.  Wish I could get into that more -- I have to run, but I'll comment more later.
 



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

As I said -- they took a step in the right direction hiring Hoke, but they won't be relevant for at least 2 or 3 more years minimum.

Yeah, that was a good pickup by UM.  He definitely has a history of turning around programs, and has been at UM before, so he won't have the deer in headlights problem like other first time HC's get who've never been at a big time program before.

And of course, that concerns me as an OSU fan....




Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

The best thing for the university would be for Tressel to admit guilt and accept whatever punishment is levied

 

Yeah, I think this is the part that is irking all of us OSU fans.  Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but JT and the spin machine just won't take the high road here.

It's tiring to keep this thread alive.  Just get it over with already and accept whatever comes.  I'd hate for him to lose his job over it, but come on already.  The longer this plays out, the worse it continues to get.




Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:45 am
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

 

So you feel the Big Ten, as a whole is better than the Pac-10?  Where do you rank the Big Ten in comparison to the other BCS conferences?

  1. SEC
  2. Big 12
  3. Big Ten
  4. ACC
  5. Pac 10
  6. Big East
Since 2007, the Pac 10 has put fewer teams into bowl games than C-USA and fielded only 4 last year. The Big Ten has the most BCS appearancs at 23, whereas the Pac 10 only has 14. In ten of the thirteen years the BCS has been around, a second Big Ten team has made a BCS game. That compares with three at-larges for the P10. That speaks volumes of the conference.
The rankings above reflect approximately the BCS era (that gives us thirteen years) since that's all that really matters anymore. The Big 12 and Big Ten are arguably interchangeable: the Big Ten has more appearances, a better record and a better winning percentage in NC games, whereas the Big 12 more than doubles the Big Ten's NC appearances, and with three teams. One of those teams now is in the Big Ten, though, so I think going forward (the next ten years assuming the system/conferences remains), the rankings look more like this (prediction, of course):
  1. SEC
  2. Big Ten
  3. Big East
  4. Big 12
  5. Pac 10
  6. ACC
The growth of Pittsburgh and UConn and addition of TCU is huge for the Big East. The Pac 10 will benefit from Utah, but I think if you place the top three teams in the Big 12 and Pac 10 against each other -- USC, Oregon, Utah v. Oklahoma, Texas, Mizzou -- the Big 12 gains the edge, not to mention I'd take Oklahoma State and Texas Tech over anyone else in the Pac 10 (except maybe Cal) anyday. Stanford is a fad and will fade once Harbaugh leaves. The Pac 10 is hurting, a lot, and will continue to hurt without strong conference leadership.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

To set the record straight,OSU will not have to give the Sugar Bowl Trophy back..that's offical from the NCAA,because the players were allowed to play and the NCAA knew of the infractions,the season and Big Ten games are different story.Mike D...the big Ten is a very good league regardless of what you may think,they are not at the level of the top SEC teams right now but to most football fans they are gaining some ground and have beaten some SEC teams in bowl games in recent years.I think you just like to argue for the sake of being able to argue,I've read no positive post by you on here,have a cold one and chill out,life is good my friend,why so bitter....Michigan won't suck forever...well in my eyes they will but that is a whole new story.Cool



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

MikeD, I was with you until the last sentence and then your whole argument crumbled. How you lambaste the Big Ten for a lack of depth and then shore up your argument with the Pac-10 and not laugh is beyond me. I will give USC, Oregon and Jim Harbaugh their due but beyond that the rest of the Conference would be lucky to compete in the WAC. The Pac-10 is a joke, and where the Big Ten has made a move in the right direction... Nebraska, I don't think Utah and Colorado are going to bolster the Pac-10 SOS too much. Utah is a solid mid-major program, but Colorado is utterly useless. They should've poached Boise State and TCU if they were serious about expansion.

So you feel the Big Ten, as a whole is better than the Pac-10?  Where do you rank the Big Ten in comparison to the other BCS conferences?


I'm curious to see if you are realistic or you have blinders on, like so many Buckeye fans on this site.  Remember, I already said I am a Big Ten fan, but I am a realist and have no problem speaking the truth.

If I had to pick a favorite college team -- I'd probably say Michigan and I have no problem saying they are a joke right now.  As I said -- they took a step in the right direction hiring Hoke, but they won't be relevant for at least 2 or 3 more years minimum.




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Report: NCAA hands OSU "notice of allegations"

Translation: Time to hire a big time law firm specializing in closet coaches wearing sweater vests and bow ties. OMG Tressell's Mr Rogers.


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