Will NCAA throw the book at Ohio State?

6/7/2011 8:12 AM

Raise your hand if you wanted the Arkansas Razorbacks to play Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl with all of the troubled Buckeye players playing in the game.  Knowing now that Head Coach Jim Tressel knew that his players broke NCAA rules would you still want them to play in the game?

The NCAA suspended five Ohio State players for the first five games in 2011 and not the Sugar Bowl.  The Sugar Bowl sure didn't want to lose the money that a sell-out would bring, and the fact that ESPN wanted and needed the high TV ratings had to of played a role into the NCAA decision.

Is Tressel guilty of trying to shield his players from the rules?  Coaches are supposed to be leaders and mentors.  He should have done the right thing and reported the violation as soon as he learned of it and he might still be the coach of the Buckeyes. 

The Buckeyes will more than likely have to vacate the 2011 Sugar Bowl title once the NCAA hands down their ruling and if what the BCS did after the NCAA punished Southern California happens to Ohio State, the 2011 Sugar Bowl will not have a champion. 

Did I want the players to play against the Razorbacks.  No.  If you break the rules, you should be punished.  Period.

So will the NCAA throw the book at Ohio State?  I doubt there will ever be the death penalty again since the Pony Express days at SMU, however, I see at least a two year post-season ban, and the loss of several scholarships.  Is that throwing the book?  The NCAA has a chance to  make a point out of the Ohio State situation. 

They can start by sending a message to coaches and institutions that lying to the NCAA will not be tolerated.


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