By Ramzy Nasrallah on May 26, 2011 at 3:00p
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We haven't even had a full day to digest the Lantern's interview with Ray Small in which he bravely spoke on behalf of hundreds of Ohio State players by revealing how they all thought and behaved while he was (barely) there, but the reaction has been swift and unkind.

If Small was an easy target for Ohio State fans who never forgave him for sucking out loud during those staccato-like instances when Jim Tressel allowed him to exit the doghouse and actually dress for games, he's now the only target.  Ohio State fans and players (more after the jump) have not taken kindly to a serial punk who was forgiven dozens of times by his coach now taking kerosene to the school he pretend-attended for free.

Whether the national media or general outsiders realize this now or not, they soon will: This is not the whistleblower whom you seek.  This is not the evidence you desire.  This is not the character witness you want.

This is a kid who could not be bothered to go to class even when he knew there would be people checking to see if he was there.  This is a kid whose number four was "downgraded" to number 82, who was suspended routinely by Tressel and forgiven, then suspended again, and again, and eventually failed to stay eligible for what would have been in last game in Pasadena against Oregon.

This is a kid who was so toxic that younger players *cough* Duron Carter *cough* were encouraged to stay away from him out of fear that they would "learn" from him.  For every opportunity that Small was handed by Tressel and Ohio State, he exploited nothing.  He was deliberately ignorant about what it took to be successful at Ohio State or anywhere else, nor was he visible or present enough to speak for all of his teammates, let alone the handful that unwisely chose to run with him.  Those facts, by themselves, make it incredibly hard to take anything Small says seriously.  Terrelle Pryor is Plato by comparison.

The validity of what Small told the Lantern is lost in two ways: One, the national media is not running the full Lantern story; it's running much smaller, more abbreviated and juicy parts.  The Lantern piece explicitly shows that Small knew what he was doing was wrong, and that he simply ignored the rules.  He blindly speaks for "everyone" and almost copes with his transgressions by suggesting all of his teammates did the same thing. 

"What I did was okay because everyone was doing it."  Right.  That's how unruly five-year olds try to take down the rest of the playground with them, and it doesn't work there either.

By providing a sketchy tell-all in during the negative climate that Ohio State has already put itself in, it really does not matter what Small actually said.  It's going to be digested as just more of the same for Busted University and - not that he possesses a shred of critical thinking ability - does nothing for Small.  He's now, incredibly, more toxic than he ever was before.  Without any of Maurice Clarett's charisma, ability, supporters or marketability, he has destroyed what miniscule equity he had in Ohio and Ohio State.

I've wasted enough words on Small.  Enjoy the comments of his teammates, who are clearly thrilled that Small was gracious enough to speak for them:

 ...says the guy who's suspended five games for doing what Small says everyone does.

 Beanie never thought Small was much of a downfield blocker either.


 Mike Brewster rarely gives one fuck, let alone several.  This is classic, noseguard-shredding Brewster.


 Chekwa graduated with a degree in Accounting.  Apparently he also learned to audit bullshit in business school.

 Troy Sutton dropping philosophy on Jake Stoneburner.

 Jim Cordle, lead blocker for one of the ideas the B1G is kicking around.

 Donte has no love for Ray-Ray. 

This is called "Liar's Remorse."  Small almost immediately deleted the tweet, which Whitner immortalized.

 Simple.  Betrayal.

 It's more than flat-out untrue.  It's lazy and impossible to prove, the latter of which the NCAA requires.

 This is especially scathing considering it comes from a receiver who caught less than two balls per game.

 Wisconsin Badger/Ohioan Kyle Jefferson.

 The world needs more Malcolm Jenkinses, and they all need to go to Ohio State and start for four years.

 A Tressel long-snapper not getting paid?  This is prima facie evidence of institutional control.

 Jack Mewhort subscribes to the Book of Brewster for giving fucks, i.e. he does not do so.

 Yes, yes Verlon.  Smh.

 Brian Rolle is appalled.  Someone is going to die.


Brian Rolle is clarifiying the mob's position with semantics.  Someone is going to die.

 Someone is fronting on Jim Tressel and Brian Rolle is not amused.  Someone is going to die.

 In classic Shugarts fashion, he tweeted this one second before the proverbial ball was snapped.

 ...and then came back the following play angry and crushed a guy.

 Scott Sika has more to say, but he's going to stay mysterious.

 I will fight anyone* who disparages the Lantern or the role of the media in responsible reporting.  *Except Stoney, because he's much bigger than me.

 Small missed all of the Sacred Brotherhood meetings.  Too busy chilling.

Proof that at least *one* of the players listened and behaved.  This puts a gaping hole in Small's claim.

 Thoma remembers Small's idiotic and now ironic comments before the 2008 USC game and is still resentful.

 A Tressel punter riding a bike and taking the bus?  Again, institutional control.  Times infinity.

And one more time, for you and your loved ones, ladies and gentlemen: Michael Brewster:



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MaliBuckeye's picture

Whoo hoo!! tBBC finally gets linked (kinda') by Ramzy!! :)

As always, amazing work.

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."


blazers34's picture

Mike Brewster is quickly rising on the list of my favorite buckeyes ever

Denny's picture

'The world needs more Malcolm Jenkinses, and they all need to go to Ohio State and start for four years.'

Yes, and then make 'mad swag bow-tie donations' to OSU alums everywhere.


Buckeye_Mafia's picture

That dude better never set foot near tOSU's campus or Columbus for that matter. Douche nozzle. Surprised his daddy didn't get in on the media action too!

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BuckeyeSki's picture

Give it time, give it time....

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Does anyone know where I can watch the Malc video?

The BRolle comment about snitching confused me at first. Twitter has been nuts all day with this.

btalbert25's picture

You know the source is a guy everyone hates when Brian Hartline steps up and defends the team.  Small is a SUCKA

The Stanley Jackson 5's picture

Is there any way we can get James  Louis to weigh in on this Tracy Jordan-style?

"Who's Ray Small? I just saw a pack a of wild dogs take over and successfully run a Wendy's."

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Colin's picture

Someone is going to die.

m1ek's picture

"What I did was okay because everyone was doing it."

How is this not exactly what you guys are saying about your current batch of NCAA violations anyways?

Alex's picture

Who is saying that? What our guys did was wrong and they are serving a 5 game suspension, as is the head coach of the team. We will probably have wins vacated on top of that and scholarships lost. All warranted for breaking the rules.

College athletics though has become a game of who gets caught rather than who is cheating.

m1ek's picture

Your last sentence maps pretty well to Small's quote.

And don't you think those of us with clean (or cleanER) programs are pissed at you for lumping us in with you just like Small's teammates are pissed at him?

JakeBuckeye's picture

"Your last sentence maps pretty well to Small's quote."

No it doesn't, because Alex didn't say that that made it okay, nor did he say that EVERYONE was doing it.

William's picture

As a Penn State fan you'd really like to claim that PSU is cleaner than OSU? Really? 46 players charged with a total of 163 offenses since 2002, and a former assistant coach who turns out to be a pedophile. Yeah PSU is just so much cleaner than OSU.

m1ek's picture

Yes. Yes, we are. (If the former assistant coach turns out to truly be a pedophile, which is somewhat in doubt, I'll yield you the point on the staff). The rest of the stuff was one indefensible bout of thuggery mixed in with a ton of underage drinking and the like. I am very comfortable stating our program is cleanER than yours, thanks.

JakeBuckeye's picture

It becomes a terrible society we live in when crimes are a lower degree of wrong than NCAA violations.

William's picture

My thoughts exactly. I was arguing with a Notre Dame fan the other day and he stated that Michael Floyd's transgressions weren't nearly as severe as Terrelle Pryor's. I had no idea that driving while intoxicated was less severe than selling memorabilia.

Jbuckham94's picture

Oh the cruel irony.

Class of 2016. Go Bucks!

William's picture

No one here has said that because everyone does it, it was ok for our players to do that. That has never been stated by anyone on this blog. They're serving the punishment for the NCAA violations they committed, there is nothing else to say. I'd recommend you go change JoePa's diaper now.


Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Ironically, that also looks like a majority of the PSU fanbase. Hmmmm.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Denny's picture

Hate to nit-pick, and maybe it's part of the design - but it looks like that troll is running an Apple Cinema Display and an Apple wireless keyboard that aren't plugged into anything.

Which is to say his internet connection is a figment of his imagination.


Is it Saturday Yet's picture

It could be a wireless Internet connection on an IMac but then where is the power coming from?

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I've learned something about internet forums. Trolls are like attention whores. The more you ingore them and they don't get the reaction they are wanting, the less fun it is for them so they move along. So if we ignore the trolling fan of the program that hasn't done anything in the B1G, he will go back to the PSU forum that he is ignored at. Thus leaving us alone. A block user option would be nice right about now too 11dub staff.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

NeARBuckeye's picture

I'm surprised that the kid who wrote the article isn't catching more flak. From the highlights that CFB showed, he was grinning ear to ear while shitting all over his university.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yeah he rubbed me the wrong way too. Eh, who cares about him though. I don't.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Being that they sought Ray out for the interview and didn't really speak to the trouble that Ray was, I agree. Jenkins seemed pretty pissed off too. Right up there with the sh*tty Dispatch work. I know "media" will protect one another -- for the hopes of getting inside info, or they are friends or whatever. I don't expect too many to call him out for it. To be fair it is the kids job is to get attention and he pulled it off. I imagine the more website hits and attention this gets the "better" he did his job. Forget balanced reporting from anywhere, that myth never existed. Everyone has an agenda.

painterlad's picture

Ray Small...Ray Small...sorry, name doesn't ring a bell. Maybe if had more playing time I would remember him.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

doodah_man's picture

MOSG reminded us of this wonderful tidbit: rerun this whenever you think of schmall.....

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

GoBucks713's picture

Has anyone else noticed that the Lincoln College banner ad on this site has a guy that looks just like Ray Finkle, ur uh, I mean Small??

-The Aristocrats!

NotSo's picture

Ray  - 


I feel for you man...




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