Was Tressel's punishment from OSU appropriate?

March 09, 2011

Penalty not enough

Mark Wogenrich

The Morning Call

Upon stating his intent to be "very accurate, very succinct and on point," Jim Tressel followed with an often-confusing, 10-minute speech/apology Tuesday regarding his suspension and fine. One point he never addressed was whether he played potentially ineligible players.

If Tressel did, and that prospect appears quite plausible, then Ohio State needs to self-penalize even more: Vacating the wins of 2010 and cutting 2-4 scholarships would be a good start.

Tressel said he felt an obligation to the confidentiality of e-mails he received regarding an active federal drug-trafficking case. Fine. But he also appears to be using that confidentiality as a cloak for his actions. In other words: What I did was wrong, but I did it for the right reason.

The coach sounded sincerely relieved that none of his players committed any crimes. Doesn't mean Tressel should have allowed them to play, though.


Well, it's a start

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

So Jim Tressel was fined a chunk of salary and suspended two games by Ohio State? That's a start ... but just a start.

The penalties were pretty meek given the gravity of his mistake. The players who received the improper benefits received five games. The head coach should have received the same — if not more. Remember, though, this is not the end of it. Ohio State is trying to get out in front of a case that will now be handed over to the NCAA. Good luck with that.

What's certain is the pristine image Tressel has cultivated through the years took a serious hit today. And to think this might have only been the first punch. Ohio State will start next season with its head coach and five players suspended. Not what you would want from a team in the Big Ten "Leaders" division. Stay tuned to the Big Ten Network.


Damage is permanent

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

Like the tattoos that started the whole mess, the damage created is permanent. So is the damage that Jim Tressel has inflicted on his reputation and legacy as head coach at Ohio State.

Facing accusations he knew about his players selling memorabilia for free tattoos months before the school acknowledged the misdeed, the coach is now facing bigger questions about his program and his trustworthiness. Tressel admitted he knew of the transgressions and is a liar by omission. He withheld information from his employers and, even worse, the NCAA.

He should at least have suffered the same punishment as the players he is in essence an accomplice with — five games. What's good for the geese should be good for the gander.

His offense is not staying silent in April, it's remaining silent in December when he should have come forward and accepted a punishment with his players.


2 games seems right

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Scoff all you want about a punishment that involves missing games against Ohio State's in-state stepchildren, Akron and Toledo.

A two-game suspension for a coach — especially a coach who practically seems horrified when a hair is out of place — is a big deal. It's a scarlet letter for the man who leads the Scarlet and Gray.

Tressel should prepare himself for the "Cheater!" heckles whenever he crosses into Michigan. He should also prepare for a lot of "Legend and Leader" jokes.

Tressel deserved a significant punishment — and he received one. Two games sounds right to me, assuming he hid info from the NCAA, as opposed to giving out false information.

If it turns out that he lied to investigators, those two games will need to be multiplied.


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