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Jim Tressel resigns as Ohio State's football coach

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 30, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    There can't be anyone alive who really believes Ohio State football has ever been clean. If they aren't cheating they aren't trying.

  • justired Fillmore, UT
    May 30, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    apparently he had to cheat to win.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    All the biggies cheat. If Alabama offers a car, Auburn or Florida up the deal with parents. It's been happening for decades. It happens more than any of us know.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    I don't like to pile-on.

    But in this case, I will make an exception.

    Officially, piling on.

    Luke Fickell?

    3 years probation?

    3 years @ 15 scholarships/yr?

    3 years no bowl games?

    If it could happen to USC, why not OSU?

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    compared to USC they are going to bury osu

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    May 30, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    It could not happen to a "better" program.

    Truth be told, I'd even root for byu if they played the poison nuts from Columbus.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 30, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    By walking away, Tressel is insuring that Ohio State will get no more than a hand slap, relatively speaking. Heard it said on the radio the other day: the only way the NCAA could be too harsh with Ohio State would be to give them the death penalty. Whatever sanctions are handed down, it will be WAY too light.

  • COUGARNATE Lyman, WY
    May 30, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    Now it is time to go get the SEC. You know those guys are cheating too.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    May 30, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    If the NCAA is serious then it needs to revamp the one year "death penalty" for teams like Bama, Ohio State, and USC who have cheated for years (not a one time thing).

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    May 30, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    Now isn't it time to dismiss Gee as well. The guy is a joke!

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    May 30, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    What did the President of OSU say?

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    May 30, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    Uteology

    Usc hasn't beeb cheating for years! Where's your sources? You have none! I love how people blame USC for not knowing what a few players did under cover without anyone finding out. SC is being made a example and the entire Trojan nation sees that as well as any College Football fan. You don't have to deal with agents and other persuasions, because your BYU not USC or Ohio St.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    May 30, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    No surprise, here. He "resigned" before the NCAA gave him the hatchet job! I can't remember when such a well-respected coach of a MAJOR college athletics teams went down in flames as quickly as Tressel did for trying to cover-up what he knew to be wrong. Amazing the principles of honesty that still come to play. Something to be said here about "Choice & Accountability"!!

  • JDL Magna, UT
    May 30, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Crowntown1: I believe Uteology is a fan of Utah not BYU.

    I agree that many programs get tossed under the bus because they reach and maintain a high plateau and it causes the low self esteem types to lump many of the very successful programs together as cheaters and liars.

    You have to admit however, that the spot light is on USC. I think it's also fair to say that there is enough evidence, and if not evidence, very questionable antics by many programs big & small that there is a lot of skepticism out there in NCAA land.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    May 30, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    @Crowton1

    Cry me a river, I guess they didn't have enough money to enforce the rules with all that money from the BcS monopoly.

    Sources? Try and Google and you'll find your sources.

    Here's two that took me one minute to find:

    "The NCAA has ruled that the University of Southern California athletic department exhibited a lack of institutional control from 2004 to 2009 for a wide array of rules violations committed in its football, mens basketball and womens tennis programs." -- Yahoo Sports

    "USC football Coach Pete Carroll employed a former NFL tactician last season to help with the team's punting and kicking game, an arrangement that may have violated NCAA rules that prohibit consultants from coaching, The Times has learned." -- LA Times (July 30, 2009 - Paul Pringle)

  • Justmythoughts Richfield, UT
    May 30, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Hey President Gee.... ya think Ohio State may just become one of the "little sisters of the poor"? It's about time this team gets what it deserves.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    May 30, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    The problem IMO is that none of these infractions actually had any impact on what took place on the field...similar to USC. I think many BCS programs play the same "look the other way" games. It's still cheating, just in a different way I suppose. Just pay these players some $$. They're the ones making $$ for the university and conference anyway.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    May 30, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Uteology

    Lack of Institutional control. This is why your comment doens't mean anything to me or SC fans. Where's the lack of control? I think you mean Oregon with their 14 arrests or off field police violations or h0ow about FLorida with all their arrests and problems. SC was held at a different standard and everyo0ne knows that. SC is not some thug school. If any of you actually been to the campus and been around the University you would a better clue as to what your talking about.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    Crowntow. Go to bleacher report and you will see pages of violations in football and basketball at USC. Steroids, improper benefits, cheating, improper benefits, theft, improper benefits, drug use, improper benefits, domestic abuse, improper benefits, etc. Somebody is getting paid! Great program but not as clean as you may believe.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    May 30, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    Bleacher Report is your source??? USC is rarely in the new for having athletes getting arrested or etc. Get your accusations straight! Oregon having dozens of players getting arrested, suspended etc. Florida same story, Ohio St. and I'm sure others. The thing is you cannot control what 85 players do in their spare time and being in a market in LA is tougher with tons more influences.If your a BYU in Provo Ut . .Not so much.

  • SJ Bobkins Gilbert, AZ
    May 30, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    A good man whose books painted him into a corner. When you can't separate your religion from spilling into every area of your life and profession, and you use you're status of a high profile coach to highlight your Christianiny; you'd better keep your house clean. The fact he lied and covered up can't be disputed. Just GOOGLE OSU e-mails. His statement followed the same "religious gawbly goop" as if he was a victim. If he's the victim who is the perpetrator? You really can't serve two masters, he couldn't follow the God of Uber Big-Time football and that of JIM TRESSEL proveyer of all that is good.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    May 30, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    crowntown1

    Really.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    May 31, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    @crowton1

    Is this a good enough source for you?

    USC's history of major NCAA infractions
    June 10, 2010 By Baxter Holmes (LA Times)

    USC's athletics program has been punished six times by the NCAA for major infractions, since the NCAA began tracking cases in 1953.

    2001 Tutors committed academic fraud by writing academic papers for football and women's swimming athletes. Penalties: two-year probation, scholarship reductions.

    1986 Improper distribution of complimentary tickets, recruiting contact, minor recruiting inducements and out-of-season practices and tryouts in football program. Penalties: two-year probation, scholarship reductions, recruiting limitations for coaches.

    1982 Focused on ticket scheme used to funnel cash to football players. Allegations also included academic fraud, improper employment and eligibility. Penalties: three-year probation, two-year postseason ban, two-year television ban, recruiting limitations for coaches.

    1959 Football players received air transportation beyond what is permitted by NCAA rules. Penalties: two-year probation, two-year television ban, one-year postseason ban.

    1957 Football players received monthly cash allowances from an outside foundation. Penalties: two-year probation, two-year television ban, one-year postseason ban.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    May 31, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    crowntown1,

    If you are trying to point out that the NCAA is inconsistent in how it does its business where investigations and punishments is considered, then I would agree with you.

    And it is true that there are other teams whose players end up in the police blotters more often than the Trojan do.

    But if you are trying to sell USC as squeaky clean, don't be surprised when most football fans disagree with you. According to the NCAA's own website, USC been on probation twice in the last decade for misdoings in their football program - in 2001 and 2010.

    Are the Trojans being used to "make an example?" Maybe. But it's not like the NCAA has to fabricate evidence, is it?

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    THE Ohio State University is about to be hit with THE Major Sanctions!

    Just like USC! despite the spin from THE crowntown1

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    May 31, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Kudos to Bronco for the ethical program he maintains. I am not a fan of the Utes, but I also will praise KWhitt for obeying the rules as well. It is great to see these coaches and others who I don't know who run ethical college football programs. To Jim Tressel I would say that cheaters never prosper and they will eventually get caught and have to face the consequences which I hope the NCAA will make very severe.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    May 31, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    It is hard to cheat when your average alum has a 5 digit income and 4 kids.

    When you have thousands of boosters with 7 and 8 digit incomes it is a little harder to control. It is easy to hate success.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    May 31, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    Looks to me Tressel got out before he got in trouble, just like Pete Carroll from USC, and resigned whatever it was a forced resignation so he could save face.

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    May 31, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    Go Big Blue!!!

    "It is easy to hate success."

    It's also easy to hate cheaters. Tressel was flat out a cheater. He and everyone else at Ohio State turned a blind eye to rampant NCAA rules violations. The main reason Ohio State "couldn't" control it, was because Ohio State didn't want to control it.

    Slap Ohio State with an SMU-type death penalty and GUARANTEED Ohio State will control it.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    May 31, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    I am simply stating that it is inconsistent and a complete joke that SC can be slapped with these sanctions years after the incident really because of one player Reggie Bush. It took them years to finalize a decision and now the present team has to suffer how is that fair at all. Reggie forfeited his heisman and has been virtually crucified for the sake of College football and USC. Lack of Institutional control?? Oregon has dozens of players get arrested along with Florida. Isn't that "lack of control"? SC for the most part has a clean athletic program except for a few former SC athletes. NCAA is a completely hypocrisy.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    May 31, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    Thee Ohio State should be hit with major violations. We are just waiting to hear what sanctions they are hit with.