Let’s take a look at the Ohio State debacle.
Jim Tressell knew that several of his players, including star quarterback Terrell Pryor, was selling autographed memorabilia to a booster. This all happened during the course of the team’s season which cultivated in their winning the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas. I’m not going to go into much detail about what happened since we all know the story by now. If you don’t, feel free to check it out on espn.com….which is the wal mart of the sports world by the way
Anyhow, Tressel lied about knowing that his players were inelligable, yet decided to play them anyway instead of punishing them and informing the NCAA. Yes, Tressell has been suspended for 5games and fined over $250,000. In the grand scheme of things, how much is 250 k when you make 3.5 million per year? Almost nothing..
By Tressel admitting to the fact that he cheated after the NCAA caught him for having his band in the cookie jar, he deserves to be smacked by the NCAA with a big time punshiment. Ohio State deserves to have their wins vacated from last season including their thrilling bowl victory.
The most equal comparison to the Tressel scenario is the one in Tennessee with former men’s basketball head coach, Bruce Pearl. Pearl had lied to NCAA investigators when they came knocking at his door. It’s eerily similar to what Tressel has done. Pearl had great success at Tennessee, reviving the program to elite status and helped it emerge out of the shadow of Pat Summit’s women’s team. Tressell will not get fired at the Ohio State University, but he should get severely punished since his equal, Bruce Pearl was fired.
Look at former Oklahoma State standout wide receiver, Dez Bryant. He lied to the NCAA about having a lunch with Oklahoma State Heisman trophy winner, Barry Sanders. His punishment? He was suspended for an entire season.
Tressel should not get off easy. He deserves a similar punishment from the NCAA and should not get treated better because he’s one of the best coaches in the college game. My opinion will never be the same of Tressel. He wasn’t just a coach to many people, but a role model. He wrote a book titled “The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life,” where he wrote about about the fundamentals for success and how to do it the right way. What irony! I think the NCAA should punish Tressel for an entire football season to send a message that lying will not be tolerated no matter what your title is in college athletics. The NCAA should send similar punishments to it’s players like Dez Bryant as it should to legendary coaches like Jim Tressel.