Ohio State!!!!!!!

So Susan, my mother in law, went to Ohio State. As did Chris Berman (the other one), my little sister-in-law’s boyfriend.

Hence, just got a call a few minutes ago from Jessica (the sis), screaming, “Ohio State, baby! Ohio State! You have to blog about Ohio State!”

OK, I will. Love all the involved family members. But the Ohio State football program, as well as the NCAA, should be ashamed. Yes, Buckeyes, you won a game. You’ll win games next year, too. And the year after. And the year after that. But how did you win? By pathetically using five players who were suspended for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. In addition, the “student-athletes” (a term dripping with irony) also received improper benefits a from the tattoo parlor and its owner.

Because the NCAA loves money, and bowl games generate millions (especially bowl games featuring high-level quarterbacks like Terrelle Pryor), the players were suspended for the first five games of 2011. Which is pathetic and sad and yet another indictment of an organization that warrants no genuine respect. But where, oh, where, was Jim Tressel, the respected Ohio State coach? Where was all that blather about running a clean program and holding players accountable and standing up for what’s right?

Pryor, of course, is now going to bolt for the NFL—and why shouldn’t he? So, I’m guessing, will some of the four other players (leading rusher Dan Herron, No. 2 wide receiver DeVier Posey, All-Big Ten offensive tackle Mike Adams and reserve defensive lineman Solomon Thomas). To me, it’s just example No. 633,233,221 of how messed up college sports really are.

I’m sure they’re cheering wildly in Columbus tonight.

But they’ve got little to celebrate.

8 thoughts on “Ohio State!!!!!!!”

  1. They sold those items for their families.
    Pryor’s mother really needed for him to get those tattoos. Apparently it was a matter of life or death.

  2. Sportswriting Refugee

    Big-time college sports are a blight on American education. To the core. And not just the cheaters. Last night, I was catching some of the Indiana-Minnesota basketball game on ESPN, when it occurred to me, out of nowhere: “These students have to fly from Bloomington, Ind., to Minneapolis,” on a Tuesday night, to play a freaking basketball game. Some of them probably have 8 o’clock classes. Some of them probably have a test tomorrow. Or a paper due.”

    I understand that their educations are paid for. But it’s such a compromised education that it’s a joke. I don’t know how some players, particularly basketball players who have to travel during the week, maintain anything resembling a decent GPA.

  3. First of all, unless Indiana or Minnesota are on the quarter system, school is on semester break right now.

    Second of all, do you know any college students? I am one. I’m almost 46 years old. I work full time, attend school full time, and have joint custody of two daughters. I have a 4.0.

    But I’m a bit unusual. Almost all of my classmates are your normal college age kids, more or less. They *all* work. Some of them work more than one job. I don’t go to Harvard. These aren’t privileged kids. One of my friends, a smart 19-year-old girl, gets out of class, goes to her first job in a daycare, then goes to her second job waiting tables. And she makes Dean’s List. Oh, yeah, she’s a double major: English and Political Science. Do you realize how much writing that entails? And even with two jobs, she’s going to graduate with loan debt.

    And I’m supposed to feel sorry for kids who have to get on a cushy plane (you can *study* on a plane!) to go play basketball? Really? They’re not waiting tables. They’re not going to have any loan debt. And I doubt the vast majority of them are double majoring in English and PoliSci.

    No sympathy for college athletes. Zero. I see what too many *real* students have to do to pull off their educations.

  4. The game was broadcast on espn radio. Immediately after the game Pryor was interviewed as the “Player of the Game”. He was asked about his pledge to Tressel to return next year as a condition to travel to and play in the bowl game. The interview ended immediately as Pryor walked away, refusing to say anything else. So much for the pledge.

  5. Isn’t it possible Pryor was just upset that the questioning went that way instead of talking about the game he was just in?

    I’m not saying he’s not going to jump ship to the pros (and actually assumed he would when I first heard about his suspension). I just don’t think it should be assumed he will when he’s made a pledge that he won’t.

  6. Matt, a non punishable promise like that is worthless.
    Also, while I disagree with the NCAA Decision, their cut from the Sugar Bowl game is like $12,000. I don’t think they acted in their financial interest here.

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