The Sugar Bowl CEO Calls the Ohio State AD to Make “A Point” and Magically Five Ohio State Players Are Eligible for the Bowl Game – Yes, Putting Corporate and Financial Considerations Above Intercollegiate Athletics Makes Perfect Sense……NOT! – This Ohio State Debacle Is An Incredibly Troubling Story But Expect More Like it to Come Because It Is Our Opinion That New NCAA Prez Mark Emmert Is Going To Sell OUR Student-Athletes Out Lock, Stock and Barrel To the Highest Bidders In Corporate America and That Means Principles, Integrity, Morals, Ethics and Doing the Right Thing Be DAMNED! – As For Jim Tressel….Disgraceful!
The Ohio State Debacle Continues With the Sugar Bowl ”CEO” Making A Point
With Penn State president Graham Spanier singing the praises of the Bogus BCS and the absurdity of the college football bowls (Penn State president discusses BCS system) otherwise known as taking several weeks off and then playing in a meaningless exhibition game to Real Americans that know the difference between real competition and Complete and Total Bullshit the Columbus Dispatch provides us with the below outrageous nugget about the “suspended” Ohio State players that somehow magically are being to be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. No, it wasn’t magic! It was COLD, HARD CASH or rather MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!
“On a day when five Ohio State players said they were sorry for violating NCAA rules, Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan was unapologetic for pressuring OSU to try to keep the players eligible for the game.
On Dec. 22, Ohio State announced that six players would be suspended for selling memorabilia and/or accepting discounts on tattoos sometime early in 2009.
Linebacker Jordan Whiting drew a one-game suspension and was not part of today’s apology. The other five were suspended for five games: offensive tackle Mike Adams, running back Daniel Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive end Solomon Thomas.
But those suspensions will not take effect until the start of the 2011 season. OSU officials, along with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, successfully lobbied the NCAA to reinstate the players for the Sugar Bowl.
Hoolahan said he was first told of the possible suspensions a few days after Ohio State learned of them on Dec. 7.
He said athletic director Gene Smith said to him that OSU was trying to push the suspensions back to the 2011 season, and Hoolahan then told Smith how strongly he felt about the players participating in the Sugar Bowl.
“I made the point that anything that could be done to preserve the integrity of this year’s game, we would greatly appreciate it,” Hoolahan said. “That appeal did not fall on deaf ears, and I’m extremely excited about it, that the Buckeyes are coming in at full strength and with no dilution.””
Thanks to the Columbus Dispatch which has had some great coverage on this Ohio State players’ suspension story in the last week. We always enjoy picking up The Dispatch when we are in Columbus for business, a football game or The Memorial golf tournament because it is a great paper with some great reporters and columnists.
Isn’t the above story just great? The CEO of the Sugar Bowl “made a point” to Ohio State AD Gene Smith in a phone call that these 5 Ohio State players should be allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl and that along with OSU officials and Big Ten commish and Lead Candy Ass on the North American continent right now Jim Delany lobbying the NCAA got the players’ suspensions moved back to the 2011 season which of course Ohio State AD Gene Smith hopes to have reduced.
Did you catch all that? Let’s us translate the above BS for you:
The Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolanhan can tell the Ohio State University, the Big Ten Conference and even the NCAA what it wants and it gets exactly that and we are guessing that if Ohio State student-athletes or any student-athletes does something wrong and a bowl “CEO” makes a few phone calls then those players will of course be allowed to play in the bowl game.
Yes, that makes perfect sense if corporate America and Candy Asses like Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolanhan are actually running the Ohio State University, the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA, but last time we checked there were other people running those entities but then again we all know what these Ohio State players being allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl is really about….
Plain and simple: MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!
Does NCAA president Mark Emmert have a role here? No, in our opinion Mark Emmert has sold himself out to the highest bidder and it is also our opinion now that Mark Emmert would sell out any student-athlete in intercollegiate athletics right now for a few pieces of silver. Shame on you Mark, but then we are all starting to learn why you got the top NCAA job and that in our opinion is because you know how to smooze up to the “corporate types” that you enjoy selling OUR student-athletes out to. You should be ashamed Emmert but your ego is so massive that you could probably rationalize anything at this point.
Does Big Ten commish Jim Delany have a role here? Please, Candy Ass Jim Delany is in one man everything that is wrong with America today. Jim Delany is a Pompous, Arrogant Ass and much like Mark Emmert it is our opinion that Jim Delany would trade any student-athlete for a few more bucks in the Big Ten conference’s pockets.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith? Please, Gene Smith has shown his true colors in this Ohio State players’ suspension case and we all know now that Gene Smith can be bought lock, stock and barrel by a bowl “CEO” that calls to make a point. Do you have a few bucks in your pocket? Good, you can BUY the Athletic Director at the Ohio State University. Sorry Gene, your tenure at Ohio State is forever tainted now because everyone now knows you will put $$$$$$$ ahead of what you know is right and if you really believe that allowing these Ohio State players to play in the Sugar Bowl is right then we can only wonder if you were raised by wolves.
Jim Tressel. What can one say about Jim Tressel but that Jim Tressel is nothing but a Complete and Utter Fraud. Jim Tressel has always talked a good game about doing things the right way but Jim Tressel has now revealed his true character and Tressel being the head coach of the Ohio State University football team could have put his foot down and stood up for what he knows is right and left these OSU players that violated NCAA rules out of the Sugar Bowl but Jim Tressel chose wrong over right and that makes Jim Tressel a fraud and he will be a fraud for the rest of his coaching career. Sorry Jim, but you just don’t have the guts of Chip Kelly, Paul Bryant or Lou Holtz.
Not only did Chip Kelly at Oregon make a courageous decision to toss Masoli off his football team after Masoli broke the rules he was supposed to be living under even with a national title type team ready to go for the 2010 season, but many other coaches have made the right decisions in the past to sit down players that violated team rules or even worse breaking NCAA rules.
One coach that we have forgotten about that stood up for what was right when faced with a very similar situation to Jim Tressel and others at Ohio State right now was Lou Holtz when he was the head coach at Arkansas in 1977.
Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News picks up this great story that should be mandatory reading for these Sorry Excuses for leaders of young people at the Ohio State University:
“The decision now facing Buckeyes’ coach Jim Tressel — who must decide what to do with star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, top running back Dan Herron, heralded receiver Devier Posey and two lineman, all who must serve an NCAA-mandated five-game suspension to start next season because they peddled awards and in one case their Buckeyes’ uniform for, among other things, tattoos — is similar to the one Arkansas coach Lou Holtz dealt with in late December of 1977 as his team prepared to face No. 2 ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl game.
Just before Christmas that year, three Razorback players — star running back Ben Cowins, stand-out receiver Donnie Bobo and back-up running back Michael Forrest — were nabbed in a police raid of a dorm room where a female student was found partially clothed.
Although the young woman was of age and no formal charges ended up being filed, Holtz told me the players had broken the “Do Right Rule.” That’s why he suspended them from the bowl game.
Not only was there discord on the team, but some boosters and bowl big shots — worried about ratings and sponsorship dollars (same as some folks are now with Ohio State) — weren’t happy with him either.
And then of course there was mighty Oklahoma on the horizon.
The Sooners’ wishbone attack — which featured the masterful Billy Sims — led the nation in rushing.
Meantime, Holtz had just left Cowins — a Razorback legend with 3,570 career rushing yards, 16 career 100-yard games and 14 TDs that season alone — at home. He’d also jettisoned Bobo and Forrest who had combined for another 8 TDs that season.
And to add to the misery, the Razorbacks All American offensive lineman Leotis Harris would miss the game with an injury.
Arkansas was a 21-point underdog and finally Vegas took the game off the board all together. Everyone thought the Sooners would pulverize Arkansas.
Holtz didn’t bend. “I don’t like doing this,” he told me, “but they broke the Do Right Rule….You can’t just worry about losing a game, you’ve got to make sure you don’t lose what you stand for.”
In one of the most stunning bowl upsets ever, Arkansas dismantled Oklahoma, 31-6.
Afterward Holtz was celebrated throughout the football world for standing up for what he believed in. In the process, instead of losing a team, he had gained one like he hadn’t had before
All because he held firm on the Do Right Rule.”
Thanks to a great columnist and writer in Tom Archdeacon for reminding us of this great story involving the Great Lou Holtz and the above story is one of the reasons we here at Coaches Hot Seat have always honored Coach Holtz as one of the best college football coaches of our lifetimes and someone that if he was still coaching we would send our kids to play for in a nanosecond.
Sadly, the same can no longer be said for Jim Tressel.
Very simply: Jim Tressel is now a FRAUD and everyone knows he is a FRAUD and if he really gave a Damn about his football team, the Ohio State University, intercollegiate athletics and even these 5 Ohio State players he would not allow them to play in the Sugar Bowl but then we all know now that if you wave a few $$$$$$$$ in front of Jim Tressel he will sell out anyone even the memory of his father Lee Tressel who would have probably tossed these OSU players out the door with his bare hands if he had been their head coach.
There’s not much more one can say about the travesty and embarrassment to college athletics in America that is the case of these Ohio State players that have been given a pass so they can play in the Sugar Bowl and all because no one wanted to piss off the “CEO” of a bowl game that has nothing to do with intercollegiate athletics beyond using our student-athletes like whores to serve corporate interests and fat cats that pay the big bucks to entertain their families, clients and friends as they watch the “whores” they paid good money to watch do their thing.
Disgusting is what this Ohio State story is and that makes the BCS along with everything and everyone associated with it and the selling out of our student-athletes to the highest bidder a disgrace to intercollegiate athletics with new NCAA president Mark Emmert leading the charge of finding even more ways to sell out student-athletes to the highest bidders in corporate America.
Getting back to another lead Candy Ass in Penn State president Graham Spanier, he did a Q&A with the Pittsburg Tribune-Review over the weekend about the BCS and some of the things that come out of this Candy Ass’s mouth defy belief but then when you are talking about a guy that once authored a study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior concerning the practice of mate swapping or “swinging” then maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised! (Look it up! It’s on Spanier’s Wikipedia page! Yes, a study on “swinging!” Oh, that was some government money well spent!)
Here’s the link to the Tribune-Review story on Spanier:
Check out this quote from Spanier:
“But we make our decisions on what we believe is best for the overall college game, for our universities, and for our student athletes.”
I guess that means that Spanier believes it is OK for the Sugar Bowl “CEO” to make a point that players that have violated NCAA rules should be allowed to play in a bowl game and have their suspension moved back to the next season. Yes, that makes perfect sense if you are doing what you “believe is best for the overall college game, for our universities, and for out student-athletes.” Please, Spanier is full of Bullshit and he knows it!
Graham Spanier is along with Jim Delany just another great example of everything that is wrong with America today. Graham Spanier has not worked a day of his adult life off a college campus and we will say again if you filled up America with Graham Spaniers in 1941 there would not be an America today for our children to live in because long ago the Germans and Japanese would have overrun Candy Asses like Spanier and conquered the American Republic.
Of course, if America was comprised of Candy Asses like Graham Spaniers in 1941 there would have never been a Graham Spanier because Spanier was born in 1948 and since Wikipedia tells us that Spanier is of the Jewish faith Hitler would have wiped all of the Jews from the face of the Earth if not for Real Americans standing up to that Bastard and all of his evil. Now that is Damn ironic but we are sure that it is completely lost on Spanier because Graham is of course right now enjoying a bowl trip to play a meaningless exhibition games that means NOTHING AT ALL and isn’t it interesting that Penn State team is coached by the Great Joe Paterno who understands completely that the BCS is totally bogus and that college football should have had a playoff long ago.
Let’s Summarize for Everyone:
1. The college and university presidents have sold out OUR student-athletes out to the highest bidders in corporate America to play in meaningless exhibition games which are little more than info-commercials that use OUR student-athletes as props or “whores” whichever one prefers to sell their goods and services.
2. Far from a playoff in I-A college football being “NFL-like” as Candy Ass Graham Spanier claims it would actually be just like the very same postseason playoff that the NCAA uses for every other sport in intercollegiate athletics and for every other sports teams on the Penn State campus besides football. Get your facts straight Graham, but maybe you are studying that whole “swinging” thing again for another “study” and you have gotten yourself confused!
3. The Sugar Bowl “CEO” can call and “make a point” and magically 5 key Ohio State players that broke NCAA rules are eligible for their bowl game while Ohio State officials including Jim Tressel sold their souls out for a few pieces of silver. Pitiful for Ohio State University and as for Jim Tressel: Disgraceful
4. College football is really not about “student-athletes,” what is right for the colleges, integrity, academics, morals, principles or any other words one can conjure about what intercollegiate athletics is supposed to be about. No, college football is now…
ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Here’s the very scary and very troubling part of this entire Ohio State player suspension fiasco:
If Jim Tressel can be gotten to and convinced to trade what he has stood for during his entire coaching career then anyone can be gotten to and all it took was a few phone calls by someone that represented powerful corporate interests and the Ohio State University sold itself out, it sold its fans out, it sold its football team out, it sold its student-athletes out and OSU “officials” decided that doing the expedient and “corporate” thing was more important than doing the RIGHT thing and for that everyone involved in this decision should be ashamed and fired.
Will that happen? Not a chance in Hell because when you get right down to it, it is our opinion that Mark Emmert, Gene Smith, Jim Tressel, Gordon Gee (we forgot all Gordo who has been very quiet on this entire Ohio State player fiasco which is very interesting in itself), Jim Delany, Graham Spanier and a lot of other blowhards that support the Bogus BCS and the absurd bowl system don’t really give a Damn about anything beyond their own paychecks and own selfish interests.
If Jim Tressel had a shred of guts he would tell the Sugar Bowl “CEO” to go take a flying leap and leave these 5 Ohio State players that broke the rules at home and play with his other 70 or so scholarship players and let the chips fall where they may and let integrity and doing what is right win out.
Sorry, Jim Tressel’s guts and courage left the station long ago and if the things we have been told about Lee Tressel are true by people that knew the man and got to see him coach a lot of football teams, then if Lee Tressel was alive today he would kick Jim’s ass over this Bogus decision and Jim would know he needed his ass kicked because Jim what you are doing is not only wrong it puts what is left of the integrity of college football at risk and frankly we here at Coaches Hot Seat are still stunned by your actions in this case.
In some ways Jim Tressel letting us down and many others across the country, Ohio State fans and fans of college football, is very much like one of our father’s letting us down because up to this point Jim Tressel was one of those guys that we put up on a pedestal in the same we do our fathers, former coaches, teachers and others that have had great influence over our lives. Sorry Jim, there is no getting around this outrageous decision and you will forever be linked to whether you realize it or not right now.
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