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March 11, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Jim Tressel is in hot water, and it is only to get hotter. Even the most diehard of Buckeye fans would have a difficult time defending the Ohio State football coach. Wins and losses are not in the discussion. Tressel wins with the best of them, be it on the 1-AA level (Youngstown State) or at Ohio State. Tressel is a winner...on the field. Off the field, he is coming up a big loser. His failure to pass on information that two of his players were selling Buckeye football gifts is reputation suicide, if not career threatening. The Ohio State hierarchy went easy on Tressel. A mere two-game suspension and a $250,000 fine is a small price to pay for major violations. Tressel, however, will be unlikely to avoid the hammer which the NCAA wields. Alabama -- a few years back -- was forced to forfeit several wins after it was discovered several of its players were selling textbooks for financial gain. That violation pales in comparison to Tressel's troubles. I would expect the NCAA will make Ohio State vacate all of its wins from the 2011 season. Moreover, I foresee Tressel being suspended for more than the current two-game sentence. The harsher punishment which the NCAA may dole out is punishment that is justified. Tressel's inaction is inexplicable. The end result: Tressel may not survive Tatoogate.
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