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Ohio State to give back money from Sugar Bowl

Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:08 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Ohio State has had to make a number of sacrifices thanks to the whole tattoo fiasco, sacrifices that have included head coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and vacating the 2010 season, it seems the school feels it's not done making amends for the mistakes it has made. The Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas that we're all supposed to pretend never actually happened? Well, Ohio State is going to give back the money it got from that too.

Well that's a pretty noble move by Ohio State, if I do say so myself. If you're going to pretend you never won the game, then you shouldn't keep the money you got from "not" appearing in the game. It only makes sense. 

The total amount that Ohio State will be refunding is $338,811, which may seem a bit low to you at first. What is important to remember, though, is that since Ohio State was the second Big Ten team to qualify for a BCS Bowl game last season, its payout from the BCS was significantly lower than what the Big Ten received for Wisconsin's Rose Bowl appearance. Then once you divide that number by the eleven schools in the Big Ten conference, Ohio State's actual payout is reduced quite a bit.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:33 pm

Ohio State to give back money from Sugar Bowl

Forgive me, it should read, ...trying TO BE a model...

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Ohio State to give back money from Sugar Bowl

Surely he is referring to trying a model for how to approach the bleep-storm after screwing up majorly. Clearly the infractions and the cover-up were not examples to follow, but honestly, other than the bad PR from the initial botched press conference, they seem to have done everything right. As for the press conference, Tressel seemed stubborn and unapologetic, but he's gone. Dean Smith seemed sufficiently serious, and Gee's comments were probably the product of his knack for attempting to inject humor into inappropriate situations and, honestly, I don't think he was informed enough at the time to appreciate the full-scope of the situation.

Other than Tressel's 10.1, but again, he's gone, there is no worse punishment for him, it's important to remember that the players were caught getting tattoo discounts and selling things that they owned. Both illegal, and they will be punished, but let’s try to keep some perspective.

What I have heard from friends still living near Columbus, is that the tattoo scenario was as such: You walk in sit down and begin getting your tat, prepared to pay full price, at which point the owner may come up and say, "If you'll sign this for me, I'll knock the price of the tattoo down to half price." Again, illegal, but man, on the scale of wrong-doing, that is pretty close to the white-lie end. Also, this wasn't just for players. It came up with many different people throughout the community, if their signature was worth anything.

The funny thing about selling the memorabilia is that they seem to have sold the items for fair market prices. I don't think that they did better on the price than I would if I found a Gold Pants pendant lying on the ground and tried to sell it on eBay. I thought that this whole idea was -- similar to the players employment restrictions -- to prevent a booster from buying a $2,000 ring for $20k for the sole purpose of giving the kid $20k, however I may be incorrect.

Point being, the cover-up was terrible, but the initial actions that set everything into play, the players transgressions, were pretty benign.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:42 pm

Ohio State to give back money from Sugar Bowl

Wow, I am a bit surprised about this.  I am also not sure what to make of it.  Part of me wants to say that they are stepping up and doing the right thing.  Of course, part of me wants to say that they are FINALLY stepping up and doing what they should have done before.  However, I don't think that this is much more than a token gesture at this point and I didn't realize how much (or really how little) they made off of the game.  I doubt that this amount will hurt them much unless you add that to the bill that they have accumulated to date for this whole fiasco.  I did get some humor from reading the Columbus Dispatch this afternoon when they quoted Gee:

“Throughout, we have been determined to do what is right in responding to the information we discovered,” Gee said, adding that his goal is for OSU to be a model for other colleges and universities. “Our institution expects nothing less."

I am not sure what he is referring to.  I can't understand how he could possibly be speaking about this episode, in any way.  Maybe he is referring to how they will handle their next violation as the circus that he has put on for the last 6 months has been everything except the model that you would want other colleges and universities to follow.

Anyway, good luck Buckeye fans with how this turns out in the next 8-12 weeks.

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