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Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:44 pm
Bowl games are for fans. That's all they are -- they're games for fans. That's why bowl invitations are awarded in conjunction with tickets, tens of thousands of tickets in the case of a bowl game as big as the Sugar Bowl.

This is why the NCAA made the right call, the Solomon-esque call, on Terrelle Pryor and four of his teammates. More than 10,000 OSU fans already have bought tickets to that game, which includes for many airfare, rental car (or other ground transportation) and hotel. Plus food for the duration of the trip.

Imagine being those fans, showing up in New Orleans, and watching the Buckeyes' backup quarterback. Whoever he is. And watching the Buckeyes' backups at receiver and running back. And watching the Buckeyes score three points.

T-shirt idea: I spent a week, and $3,500, in New Orleans -- and all I got was this lousy 21-3 loss .

Nonsense. The NCAA wasn't protecting the Buckeyes. The NCAA was protecting fans -- it was protecting you, if you want to know the truth. If you're not an OSU fan, embrace this anyway because the precedent is set. This could be your team in a year or two.

Pryor could turn pro after this season and therefore evade the punishment. That would be a shame, but what do you want the NCAA to do -- predict the future? More nonsense.

Stop complaining, just because you can. Stop complaining, and be pleased that the NCAA did something with us in mind.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Ohio State

Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 3:26 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Pryor was heard yesterday saying he did not know if the other players were coming back next year. I thought the players made a pledge to comeback in 2011. You would think everyone would know this on the team? especially the main rule breaker and QB.

They rule breakers are playing because of sponsrs and the NCAA idiotic ability to due what they want, not for the fans.
There should be some firm and consistancy to rules being broken. Lying is perjury in court and Pryor has now confessed to knowing he broke a rule when he did it.

These kids are there on scholorships, these should be revoked for the senior year then watch em all run away.  

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:13 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

You have got it right draper1997, the NCAA is protecting the bowl sponsers and themselves.  They could care less about anyone else.  Not suspending these players for the bowl game simply showed a loack of balls on the NCAA.  At nearly the same time they come out saying they are trying to be harder on those that break the rules, yet in this case they show an obvious case of weakness.  The announcement by Tressel that all five players had committed to coming back so he was not ging to suspend them for the bowl was another bunch of crap.

While I do think there needs to be a complete overhaul if not elimination of the NCAA, but these athletes are getting a free education.  The universities have made a commitment to these players for their education, yet many leave early or do not go to class, etc.  Those that understand the value of what they are receiving do attend class and graduate.   

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:05 am

For OSU fans, maybe. For the rest of us, no way.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2010 10:49 pm
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Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2010 10:08 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Has anyone considered that Tressel may been told to play these guys in the bowl game?

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2010 9:30 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

I would like the NCAA to be fair and even regardless of the time of the year or the teams involved; and lets be realistic Doyel, in this case it is the TEAM involved.  If this had been any other team not in a BCS bowl, one that was not 0 and 9 against the SEC in bowl games, and not the osu (get real people stop using "the"), the players would be benched.  If osu had any kind of self-policing they would sit the players NOW.  UGA is sitting a player at their discrestion for the bowl game for missing academic appointments, UGA sat AJ Green for 3 games before the 4 games suspension was announced.  The decision on this affair just enforces the idea that the NCAA is controlled by the BCS and the BCS is corrupt and in many eyes should be facing federal RICO charges for racketeering.  If the NCAA gives special provisions for bowl and championship games then there should never be a player in the FBS suspended because according to the NCAA and the BCS every Saturday is a playoff game.  Here's hoping Mark Cuban can use his 5 million and buy the fans a playoff so the NCAA can FINALLY DO SOMETHING FOR THE FANS...give us a national champion.  This is not about the fans it is about the MONEY. 

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2010 2:12 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Sorry, Gregg.  I usually agree with your assessments of things, but I can't agree with you here.  These punishments, though they might be just in and of themselves, lose their modicum of justice when application of the prescribed sentence is delayed, thus allowing the responsible parties to go on without any punishment.  As you pointed out, perhaps escaping punishment once and for all if jumping to the professional ranks becomes an issue.

I understand your viewpoint that the NCAA did this for the fans.  I understand it, but I don't agree with it.

The NCAA did this to insure that they, as a governing body that has it's only power in the agreement of the current FBS programs, would be insured of getting it's payday.  Money spent by fans and collected by bowl committees and schools alike eventually will find its way to the NCAA's coffers.  Some of it, anyway.

Fans don't go to the game?  Nobody gets paid.  Not the bowl committee, not the local merchants, innkeepers and  restauranteurs.  Not the school either.  Definitely not the NCAA.

Is delayed justice still justice?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But delayed justice is taking the advantage of the bird in the hand, and leaving the two in the bush unmolested.  The NCAA, like everyone else these days, is only looking to get paid.  It's the same reason why aside from a few haunted souls, not one investigative journalist has asked the right questions of the UNC football situation.

That question of course being "Why no independent investigation?"

Money.  That's why.  And no asses in the seats means no greenbacks in the bank account.  Plain and simple.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2010 1:17 pm

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

 I almost forgot about that elitist jerk of a college president that resides in Columbus, the honorable Gordon Goo. Fox Sports News was unable to get the pres's reaction to this scandal as he was vacationing in the Cayman Islands. Sources say that the OSU educational leader is a regular visitor to the Islands where his off-shore bank account is located. His tri-annual checks from the BCS cartel members neccesitate several trips to the Cayman's every year to launder his payoff.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2010 8:34 am

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State

Interesting. It's the schools and coaches who declare players ineligible. The NCAA declares them eligible again. Nick Saban declared Andre Smith ineligible 2008 before the Sugar Bowl, because a relative had contact with an agent. And guess what? Smith didn't know it at the time. He found out later and self-reported. The NCAA was unconcerned about the feelings of Alabama fans when that happened. 
Saban declared five key players ineligible in 2007, because they LOANED textbooks to friends. (Honestly. Look it up. No money ever changed hands, and the books had to be returned at the end of each semester.) The NCAA took their sweet time in declaring those players eligible again. They missed several games. No worry about fans then.
A.J. Green sold a game jersey. One game jersey, right? He missed several games last season at Georgia. The NCAA wasn't worried about Georgia fans or Georgia's season either. 
I've never seen the NCAA work as fast as they have this year, restoring Cam Newton's eligibility only a few hours after Auburn declared him ineligible. I assume they were pretty quick to give OSU their players back for the bowl game.
The issue isn't hate from one school's fans for another. It's a lack of even-handedness. Every rule should be backed up by a set-in-stone penalty, no exceptions. It's completely wrong to treat one player or one school differently than other players and schools have been treated. If the rules are unfair, change the rules. But don't change enforcement.
So somebody thinks fans won't show up or tune in to a bowl game with players suspended. Well, before this controversy emerged, I might've missed the upcoming Sugar Bowl. But, now, I am determined to watch it. It will be interesting to see whether OSU's coach does the right thing, in spite of what the NCAA has ordered. It will be interesting to see how Arkansas's team will play, especially if the offenders are allowed to play after all.  

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2010 2:27 am

Loving the NCAA's decision on Ohio State




This is just a SMALL part of the stuff players are handed when they go to a bowl game.

How many players do you think turn around and sell any of it?

Now, how many have been suspended for HALF A FREAKING SEASON for it?

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