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On Thursday, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel increased his self-imposed suspension from 2 games to 5 for the 2011 season. The NCAA has already ruled that five Buckeye players will miss the first five games of the year for their selling autographed memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos.
Because of the gap between the players’ punishment and Tressel’s original 2-game ban, this increase is certainly a good public relations move. Is it enough for Tressel to keep his job as the head coach at Ohio State? In my mind, the answer is no.
Tressel never alerted Ohio State’s athletic department, compliance office, or NCAA after receiving an email last April that tipped him off to these allegations. It took him almost a full year to tell the public and NCAA aboout how long he knew about the memorabilia scheme.
The bottom line is that for five games next season, the Buckeyes will march onto the field without Jim Tressel as their head coach. Could you imagine the Texans playing 7 games without Gary Kubiak?
As Bruce Pearl is finding out at Tennessee, you can’t survive as a major college head coach when you’re a proven liar. Tressel knowingly played the 2010 season with Terrelle Pryor, a player who would not have been eligible at Michigan, Penn State, Indiana, or any other Big Ten school. The playing field is un-even, but worse than that, Tressel actively made it un-even. For that breach of ethics and lack of integrity, he should not longer be the head football coach at Ohio State University.
Check out the interview with Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples, who joined Vandermeer and Lopez,to discuss the latest on the extended suspension for Jim Tressel as well as the NCAA Tournament and his coverage of the Tampa Regional
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