Jim Tressel Won't Be at the Memorial Tournament
By mustang6560 on 5/31/11
The PGA Tour is headed to Ohio this weekend for the Memorial Tournament.

With the U.S. Open at Congressional less than two weeks away, everyone who is anyone (minus Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods) will be in attendance at Ohio's signature event.

Everyone except Jim Tressel. The once iconic Ohio State football coach resigned yesterday amid a full NCAA investigation. And despite his once clean reputation, I doubt anyone will want to see his face at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin.
That support crumbled suddenly over Memorial Day weekend. Tressel was forced out three days after Sports Illustrated alerted Ohio State officials that the wrongdoing by Tressel's players was far more widespread than had been reported. SI learned that the memorabilia-for-tattoos violations actually stretched back to 2002, Tressel's second season at Ohio State, and involved at least 28 players -- 22 more than the university has acknowledged. Those numbers include, beyond the six suspended players, an additional nine current players as well as nine former players whose alleged wrongdoing might fall within the NCAA's four-year statute of limitations on violations.
I know this story is not really related to golf - other than the fact that both involve the state Ohio - but Tressel's resignation is kind of big news. He has been on the hot seat since before OSU beat Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl last year.

I don't think Ohio State is the only NCAA football program who has cheated (or is cheating), but Tressel broke the cardinal rule of college football - don't lie to the NCAA. The SMU football program of the 1980s taught us this lesson (see ESPN's 30 for 30 "The Pony Excess"). If you cheat and you get caught, fess up and you can avoid severe penalties that can set your program back decades.

Jim's resignation is clearly a mea culpa on part of the university. By getting rid of Tressel, the Ohio State is trying to avoid further sanctions. Unfortunately, I don't think it will help much as I think the NCAA will come down pretty hard because they lied. Big no, no.

Tressel Resigns

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[ comments ]
guzzlingil says:
"The Sweater" reminds me of the prison warden in Shaw Shank Redemption...
bducharm says:
I hope they HAMMER OSU!!! Tressel is SCUM - not the first time he has done something like this. OSU should have expected this. When the AD comes out and says he hoped Tressel wouldn't fire him made me puke!!!
larrynjr says:
I don't watch or follow football at all, what is this; "memorabilia-for-tattoos violations " mean?
larrynjr says:
Ok, so I googled it but seriously, who care's? trading memorabilia for a tattoo? That's news? they don't really say in the SI article but did they steal historic memorabilia and trade it or just current stuff from their own games?
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