We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!
As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.
Happy Leap Day!! Today’s the day our female readers can finally propose to that guy they’ve been chasin’ around.
Buckeye 411… Sort of
It’s finally here… the first SBP of the 2011 season. No more preseason talk, no more countdowns- it’s time to squeeze the trigger. Let’s do this.
Come Sunday morning, the first thing I do when I come in is I put on the special teams reel and I’m going to put on the fourth quarter. I want to see what your body language is like, your competitive nature is like. I don’t care if you’re a third team, a first team guy. If you’re on special teams, I want to see how you compete. I want to see your body language looks like in the fourth quarter whether you’re up 35 or down 35, whether it’s a tie ball game or not. Those are the things we want to see. Read More
UPDATE- We’ve put all of this information into a table for those who prefer getting their information that way (and read USA Today). Check it out here, or under the Media Table at the top right of the site.
We’ll also work to update it as necessary, should more evidence emerge either supporting or refuting these concerns.
Update 2 – It has come to our attention that not all of the information presented was sourced properly. The article has been modified to be more clear.
It’s been a hectic couple of months to be a Buckeye fan. The first half of the year has felt like every media organization in the nation, including our own home base news sources, have been giving our favorite university the third degree.
One constant in these media investigations is that the national news sources never return to the scene of the crime to report on what they got right and what they got wrong. To be honest, who really cares? People love dirty laundry, after all.
So we here at the BBC have decided to compile a list of every allegation leveled at Ohio State University and its Football Program in the last couple months. Of course, this idea may seem familiar to you. Admittedly, the Ozone (and seemingly everyone else) beat us to the punch, but we thought we could be more thorough.
We are going to do a blow by blow account of everything anyone said or suggested about OSU, as a resource for you when these things take on a life of their own. We’ll also give you the information regarding which of these have been refuted, so you can refer back as you’re bringing truth to the water-coolers around the country.
The time frames reference when we learned about the accusation, not when the violation (or accused violation) occurred. Also, anything after “Effect” on each point is writers opinion only, and not to be taken as fact unless linked as such. Read More
Part two of our week long attempt to reach catharsis. Today’s topic: After reading the Sports Illustrated article, what did you think? Is there a larger problem at Ohio State?
Jim- I thought that I had just read over two pages of fluff with about two paragraphs of actual new information that was worth digesting. With the families Storm Klein and John Simon apparently preparing to fight the allegations leveled against them in the article, it now seems that of those two paragraphs of actual news, only a part of it was (possibly) factual.
Who would have guessed that basing your entire article on hearsay from employees who worked for a drug trafficker would result in a less than accurate final product?
I think SI cashed in on the negative national reputation of Ohio State and the article will certainly add to the negative reputation and have people up in arms for Brutus’ head on a pike, facts and common sense be damned.
People hate Ohio State based on articles like the one SI wrote. People accept articles like the one SI wrote without thinking twice about it because they hate Ohio State. It is a vicious cycle, and I absolutely hate this saying, but… haters gonna hate.
For the more skeptical among us, I think it can be viewed as a fluff piece with little or no hard evidence to support any of its claims.
The truth, as always, is likely somewhere in the middle.
Eric- I’m going to preface this by saying that what follows is based off what we thought when the article came out. I’m going to neglect the comments that have come out recently from Larry James and the football players’ families.
To be honest, I haven’t read it the whole way through in one sitting. I’ve read bits and pieces, and collected whatever I missed from the chatter on the interwebs. There’s just a point where I can’t stand reading horrifically negative tripe – and that’s exactly what that article is. I was never able to read the USC scandal stuff all the way through either; it just makes me physically ill – both that someone would write it, and that people could do these things without a thought for what they signed up for.
After reading the article I had one very clear thought about the current situation, which has borne out strongly over the last several days.
There is not a larger problem at Ohio State.
If anything, I believed that this was a problem that simply escaped the notice of compliance and Jim Tressel. Six compliance staffers and the head coach are not a lot of people to keep track of the goings-on in a football program larger than 85 players strong (scholarship + walkons). That’s particularly true when the compliance guys are being forced to watch 30+ athletic programs. There’s only so much that they’re going to be able to pick up on. We’ve seen that very fact bear out in the Terrelle Pryor car saga. While it’s been demonstrated that nothing was done that violated NCAA rules, clearly Compliance did not know every single detail of what was going on.
That fact is already being remedied, as compliance is hiring 2 new positions. Granted 8 is not a lot better than 6, but it’s an improvement.
The reason I can be so certain that there is not a larger problem at Ohio State is simple. While Jim Tressel lied (and he did, there’s no question about that) his actions were his alone, and not perpetrated by anyone else. What was done with the tattoo parlor was a fairly isolated set of incidences, even if 28 former and current players were involved!
It is clear, even from the audit done in November of the compliance department, that compliance works very very hard to run a clean ship. While they weren’t tracking down every single lead, they still investigated the car situation and (correctly) gave it approval. That is nothing more than a sign that OSU is doing things right overall.
As for the raffle business, I’ll wait to see some hard evidence before I believe it. I cannot believe that Tressel has it in his character to do that. Hurting kids, even if it does gain him a recruiting advantage? Has Tressel ever hurt anyone in his life? Seriously?
We neither know the identity of the person who made that claim, nor do we have any proof that it was done. Until that time, I will take the information with a grain of salt.
Which brings up one last point – I find Dohrman’s choice of interview subjects to be fairly suspect. The best you can do is a guy in prison? Seriously? That sure makes me trust the integrity of what he says.
Robby- I thought it was poor journalism and left a lot of doors open without closing them. Way too many anonymous sources and allegations without concrete evidence. Way too much ‘he said, she said’ quoting and interviewing for a Sports Illustrated investigative piece.
But there definitely is a larger problem that could open up a massive Pandora’s box at Ohio State. Since The Ohio State University is all about football, that affects EVERYTHING in Columbus. If it hurts the football team, it hurts the school and everything around it. That makes it a larger problem for the University.
After much speculation and rumors, the article that possibly expedited the end of the Ohio State careers of Jim Tressel (and Terrelle Pryor?) went online at Sports Illustrated this evening.
In it, author George Dohrmann raps up a six week investigation into Ohio State football and other aspects of life in the WHAC. As you can imagine, it’s not flattering.
Sports Illustrated is alleging that the number of student athletes who have exchanged memorabilia for tattoos is actually 28, and not the 6 that were originally named. After interviewing former employees at two Columbus area tattoo parlors, this number also includes nine Buckeyes currently with the program- Jamaal Berry, C.J. Barnett, Bo DeLande, Dorian Bell, Zach Domicone, John Simon, Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Nathan Williams
Also in the piece, SI alleges that some of the exchanges of memorabilia was for marijuana, and that players often partook while they were at the various tattoo establishments.