Reaction to NCAA sanctions against Ohio State

I have been critical of the way in which Ohio State handled the tatoo scandal, and I said that Tressel needed to resign a month before he actually did it, so I’m not one to give the Bucks a free pass. That being said, I feel that giving the team a bowl ban for next season is an excessive penalty. The guilty players were caught while still in school and were severely punished for what they did.

Pryor ended up being excused from the program and Tressel lost his job. The other guilty players still were penalized this season. They were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl at the beginning of this year because the NCAA didn’t want to take that from them.

Those same players will also be able to play in the Gator Bowl in a couple of weeks. But next year, players who didn’t break the rules get punished. I find that to be absurd. How do you punish the future when players in the present have already received their punishments and are still in the program? Why must the NCAA continue to be arbitrary?


Categories: Commentary, NCAA, News, Sports

2 replies

  1. Hmmm, really..? Do you not understand how NCAA sanctions and penalties work? Just for comarison sake, look at what was given to USC for one player! Who was no longer at the program by the way. Not a single player on the USC team had ANYTHING to do with the reason the sanctions were levied against the program. So for one rogue player getting benefits, you consider that to be worse than an environment of non-compliance. The head coach lied and covered it up, allowed the players in question to continue playing throughout the season. USC, 2 year bowl ban and loss of 30 scholorships from events that happened years ago…OSU 1 year bowl ban for multiple players and a loss of 9 scholorships…are you kidding me! Wow, congrats on being such an unbiased journalist!

    • I thought the USC punishment was also unnecessarily severe. I did not address it here, so I don’t really appreciate you assuming my opinion and then criticizing me.

      I will say one thing about Bush: considering that he was already out of the program, there was nothing that the NCAA could do to punish him. With the Ohio State players, they were still in school and were able to receive punishments. That being the case, I thought a bowl ban was unnecessary.

      Also, I’m not a journalist. I’m just a guy who likes to write, so again, I would appreciate it if you think about what you say before launching into criticisms of me.

      Thanks for reading. jrb

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