Silver Bullet Points Salutes You

Written April 16th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Those of you who play along with us during Fall liveblogs know my propensity for helping make stadium sound effects on third down as a way to manage my ADD help the team. As such, today’s news hit me with a bit of both nostalgia and sadness… The band that gave us the bell may be no more. We’ve only got one choice for today’s soundtrack, then… Happy Wednesday!

For Those About To Rock…. Fire!

Buckeye 411

Ohio Supreme Court Rules On ESPN Lawsuit

Written June 19th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

We interrupt our regularly scheduled naval gazing to bring you this update.

As you may remember, the Four Letter Network sued the Ohio State University to gain access to documents that it felt were being shielded from public view. I’m sure they were only interested in getting the truth out to the masses.

The University’s decision was based on the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act, which limits student information being released without the student’s permission. ESPN held that emails regarding the relationship between Terelle Pryor and Ted Sarniak did not meet the standard of “educational records”, but the Ohio Supreme Court disagreed-

Because, for the most part, Ohio State established that FERPA and the  attorney-client privilege prohibited the disclosure of the requested records, we deny the writ to that extent. For those limited records that should have been disclosed—at Respondent’s Evidence, Vol. III, Part 2, pages 668, 829-835, 859- 863, 999-1001, and 1009-1012, following the redaction of personally identifiable information, that is, the names of the student-athlete, his parents, his parents’ addresses, and the person associated with the student-athlete mentioned therein— and were thus not exempt from disclosure based on FERPA, however, we grant the writ.

We also deny ESPN’s request for attorney fees.

This shouldn’t be a surprise, given the large number of educational advocates and groups that came to the defense of Ohio State’s FERPA interpretation. If you’d care to read the entire ruling, here ’tis: State ex rel. ESPN v. Ohio State Univ., Slip Opinion No. 2012-Ohio-2690.

In an email from Dan Wallenberg, the University has also issued a response.

Ohio State appreciates the clarity given today by the Ohio Supreme Court affirming the university’s interpretation of federal student privacy laws.   Our student athletes are treated the same way as all of our 64,000 students, and we take seriously our obligation to protect the confidentiality of all of our students’ education records. At the same time, the university also takes seriously its obligation to provide public information in accordance with Ohio law. The university provided ESPN with thousands of pages of records during the course of our NCAA investigation, and as now affirmed by a unanimous court, it acted responsibly in responding to the many varied and broad public record requests it received.

It’s interesting that the four letter network has taken to suing Ohio State while simultaneously trying to profit from their brand.

At any rate, this is good Tuesday news.  If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Cee Lo to listen to.

 

NCAA Hearing Update

Written August 12th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Well, that was fast… Here’s what we know (updated as available)

The meeting lasted 3.5 hours for reference, USC’s hearing was 3 days (more programs under investigation)

Ohio State will donate the $338,000 they received from the conference’s award from their participating in the Sugar Bowl to local charities. No word on whether ESPN will forfeit their ad revenue from the game.

Tressel made a brief statement after the meeting-

They were well prepared and will now go about their work in deliberations. Again, I would like to apologize to the Buckeye nation, most especially to the players, staff and fans who remain so dear to me.

I have no further statement at this time.

Much more, and updates after the jump.

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BREAKING- NCAA Releases Ohio State Findings

Written July 22nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

We’ll have much more on this later, but the NCAA today has released it’s case summary into the investigation regarding “Tatoogate”, the Jim Tressel coverup, and the allegations made by Sports Illustrated’s article.

In the summary, the NCAA indicated that there were no additional violations found, and (most importantly)-

Considering the institution’s rules education and monitoring efforts, the enforcement staff did not believe a failure to monitor charge was appropriate in this case.

Additionally, the University released the transcripts from Jim Tressel’s interview with the NCAA- interesting reading, and we’ll have more comments after we get a fuller look.

But in the short term, this is fantastic news as it means that the sanctions resulting from this matter may not be much greater than the University has recommended, although fans won’t know for sure until after the August 12th hearing.

No news as of yet in regards to the allegations that Terrelle Pryor may have received improper benefits from signing objects for a Columbus area photographer, or that he might have received free golf from the same person.

However, this is obviously a day where Ohio State fans can feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from their shoulders… and a moment where their response to much of the mainstream media might echo that of Mr. Green.

 

First Look: Ohio State’s NCAA Response

Written July 8th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Big ball of happiness

As we mentioned earlier, the Ohio State Athletic Department today released their response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, and submitted recommended sanctions for the transgressions.

You can find the documents here: OSU Newsroom NCAA Documents, including the initial NOA.

One thing to be clear of- These are the University’s response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations. While that may be obvious, let me also express the converse- These are NOT the university’s response to any other allegations, founded or dis-proven, that have been raised by Sports Illustrated (to an extent), ESPN, The Dispatch, That one guy on the fan-board you subscribe to, or Something that your mom’s mail carrier’s girlfriend’s podiatrist’s veterinarian told them.

The University is adamant in this document that-

Information was reported to the University and the enforcement staff subsequent to the Notice of Allegations that still is being reviewed. This review continues and the University will report any additional violations if necessary in the future.

And given the fact that the University has been quick to respond thus far, there’s little reason to doubt this is true.

I’d encourage readers to look through the entirety of the documentation- if nothing else, it will help prepare you for future conversations here and with friends regarding this matter. They are incredibly thorough.

For the purposes of this article, though, I’m going to be giving you the “bullet points” from these documents, as well as some initial thoughts and commentary (noted in green). First up, let’s take a look at Jim Tressel’s response to the NCAA:

Jim Tressel’s response-

  • Admits he is in violation of 10.1 due to withholding information and improperly signing the NCAA’s compliance document
  • Tressel writes that he knew that it would be an eventual problem-Comment: In the University’s response, they quote him as saying they were “going to get as our works deserve”  “we were going to pay the fiddler.”
  • Holds that his decision was wrong, and was based on prioritizing student safety, the federal investigation, and the requested confidentiality from the reporting party. Comment: Similar to the press conference response
  • Again, admits that he should have taken the information to the University officials.
  • Comment: Does not talk about “conversations with the students”, which is one of the theories that some have thrown around- that he confronted the parties involved, and that they lied to him so he disregarded it. This theory seems to be based on an email to Cicero saying that he told Pryor and Posey to “stay clear”
  • Comment: Does not talk about rationale for sending information to Pryor’s mentor

It’s a brief document, and I imagine that there will be more questions for Tressel during the meeting in August with the NCAA, which the University has said he will be attending in spite of his “retirement“.

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BREAKING: Ohio State Responds to the NCAA

Written July 8th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Update- All documents in the University’s response to the NCAA are now available online.

Update 2- Gene Smith defends the proposed sanctions.

Today, the Ohio State University submitted its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, including several self-administered penalties, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

The Dispatch, is reporting that the University is placing the football program on probation for two years and is vacating all wins (including the Sugar Bowl) from the 2010 season.

While admitting that the Athletic Department technically falls under the category of “repeat offender” (stemming from issues with the basketball program in 2004, as well as Troy Smith receiving improper benefits in the form of $500), it holds that the circumstances warrant the recommended response.

According to the Dispatch, the University is not recommending or administering stricter punishment (post-season bans, lost scholarships) due to the fact that the violations were contained to former coach Jim Tressel, who the University asked to resign.  Interestingly enough, Tressel will be paid for the month of June and will not be asked to pay the $250,000 fine initially levied by the University. He will also appear at the August 12th hearing in Indianapolis. Update- here is the agreement between the University and Coach Tressel.

It is after that hearing that the final decision regarding this situation will be made- these are self imposed sanctions, and should be seen as a “baseline” for NCAA response.  It is speculated that the final tally will include post-season bans and scholarship losses, as well as significant sanctioning for the former Ohio State coach.

One additional finding in the Dispatch’s report- Another student-athlete was found to have received discounted tattoos in exchange for memorabilia, and has been suspended. The University has appealed to the NCAA for his reinstatement- at this time his identity is unknown.

This comes at a time where the University is also changing some of their protocol for monitoring student athletes, as outlined in an earlier Dispatch article.  These changes include-

  • Get better documentation of car purchases. To ensure that athletes are not getting inappropriate deals, dealers or players would provide records detailing transactions. Currently, athletes report how they obtained cars, but they don’t provide any supporting documentation.
  • Set a time limit on “loaner cars.” The university would limit how long a student-athlete can borrow a car from a dealer or individual. Currently, Ohio State does not set a limit.
  • Audit vehicles several times a year. Ohio State would check parking lots used by athletes to ensure their cars are registered with the university. Unregistered cars would be ticketed.
  • Check everyone who receives game passes from football or men’s basketball players. At the beginning of the school year, students would be required to provide a list of anyone who might receive passes to games. The compliance department would talk to each person to determine his or her relationship to the student. Currently, Ohio State does random checks.
  • Examine students’ budgets. A new software program will help officials guide students on how to manage their money. Ohio State officials say the main goal is to educate students, some of whom have never had a checking account before college, but the software also could help generate red flags about students who are living beyond their means.

Many of these recommendations were already in the works following the earlier audit of the compliance office.

In addition was this interesting tidbit-

Ohio State’s compliance department says much of its focus is on educating students and coaches about NCAA rules to avoid violations. But they say a big focus now is to address the people outside of Ohio State.
“The people who are trying to get close to (students) for unscrupulous reasons are pretty talented and skilled at what they do … so their ability to persuade and influence is pretty doggone good. … That to me is one of our biggest weaknesses and where our focus is,” Smith said.
To get the outside community involved, for instance, the university plans to work with car dealers who agree to provide records about sales. Athletes interested in buying cars could check the university’s list of participating dealers to simplify the effort to follow NCAA rules. Students who buy elsewhere would be required to provide the records themselves.

Given that the compliance office was already working with dealers, which resulted in the “one dealer sold a lot of Buckeyes cars!!1!l1!l” crisis, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

But what I’m most intrigued by is the education of the “people outside of Ohio State”- since I don’t believe that many of them will care. Most of the things being investigated aren’t accidental (Like Nebraska’s “recommended reading” problem), but actual attempts on the part of both parties to disregard NCAA and OSU guidelines.

Or, in the words of Ray Small- “”They explain the rules to you, but as a kid you’re not really listening to all of them rules. You go out and you just, people show you so much love, you don’t even think about the rules. You’re just like ?Ah man, it’s cool.’”

And all the “education” in the world isn’t going to solve that.

 

We’ll continue to bring you coverage of this as it develops, including full coverage and commentary as the official response is made available to the Media.

 

Silver Bullet… um… BB Points

Written June 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Remember, it's not the size...

Quick hits from Friday/Saturday AM

Buckeye News

“There is no scintilla of evidence related to 90 percent of those kids listed in the Sports Illustrated article that they did anything wrong,” James said. “That’s the way it’s going to turn out, I believe. It’s just irresponsible reporting.”

NCAA News

  • The University of North Carolina expects to get their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in June, stemming from the issues that surfaced last summer.  This says two things to me; either UNC’s situation is really significant and it’s taken a long time to root it out, or Ohio State has done a great job at working with the NCAA to address the issue (discovered in January/NOA a few months later).
  • The big news yesterday was the SEC’s decision to change their recruiting guidelines. First, the good- Medical exemptions will be reviewed at the conference level (say goodbye to Dr. Saban’s practice). Also, transfers of graduate students will not be allowed if they only have one year of elligibility remaining (No more Jeremiah Masoli to Mississippi situations). Finally, they’ve opened the door for a “national conversation” rather than just a “conference by conference”.  More on this in a bit.
  • And now, the bad- The conference voted to reduce the “signing cap” from 28 to 25. While this was hailed as big news, the fact of the matter is that a team with only 10 available scholarships shouldn’t be able to sign 25 student athletes- as our friends at Oversigning.com point out. Huge kudos to their work- it’s only because of media pressure that this is even being discussed.
  • Jeff Shultz from the Atlanta Journal Constitution agrees that the SEC’s “decision” is mostly just PR:

Let me translate: Coaches now have a lower limit as to how unethical and morally reprehensible they can be. Feel better? This was sort of like the real SEC passing a rule: “We recognize that insider trading is a problem. So we’re going to cap profits from said illegal transactions at $2.7 million.”

  • And for your daily dose of arrogance:

“So I’m very pleased that the league is where it is today, and I’m proud of the step we’ve taken really in a leadership role nationally to deal with this bigger concept of roster management.”

Actually, the leadership role in this was taken in 1956, when the Big Ten banned signing more recruits than a team had openings for. Fifty five years ago.

Silver Bullet Points Gives You The Info

Written June 1st, 2011 by MaliBuckeye
In case you were a DIY type

Unfortunately, the “here’s today’s updates” is going to become a regular feature here at tBBC. It is what it is.  That being said, we’re looking for a picture/logo or even a new title to help distinguish this from the “normal” SBP updates- leave your recommendations in the comments!

NCAA InVESTigation

  • According to several sources, folks from the University and the NCAA team met individually with the players named in the SI report today.
  • Additionally, according to 97.1, the NCAA will also meet with Dohrmann’s source, “Ellis”. Speculation abounds as to the important aspect of their conversation.

Other Buckeye News

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