Now that they're for sale, can we not print them off anymore? I had a nice little collage in my office of the first three.
Even though they played awfully, sweet jesus it was nice to see the basketball team out there!
Here's what I don't understand about the articles I've read concerning Tressel. Most of the sportswriters at the big media outlets are calling Tressel a "liar" and a "cheater" and I even read "slick little con man." They say that Tressel is smart enough to have known what he was doing. In my experiences, when you lie or cheat you do it for a reason. Usually a risk-reward analysis at some level is undertaken by the person contemplating cheating or lying. I'm failing to figure out exactly what he was hoping to accomplish if he did indeed lie and/or cheat. I don't think the national sportswriters have fully connected the dots. Here's what I'm thinking -
We know that Tressel was alerted that there was a federal investigation going on and that some of his players stuff was found as part of that investigation. Its been made pretty clear that at that point, Tressel had an obligation to alert the NCAA. It isn't likely that Tressel stayed quiet in hopes that it would all blow ever because Tressel had to have known (and he actually said during the press conference on Tuesday) that he knew this would come out eventually. Federal criminal investigations don't just go away quietly. They eventually wrap up and information comes out. Therefore, the argument seems to be that Tressel kept it quiet to preserve all of his players for the 2010 season.
That doesn't make sense to me either because there I am sure there is precedent out there for what punishment players have received for selling their gear. Even if there isn't precedent, Tressel had to know that it wouldn't be an entire season suspension for players selling their memorabilia. Turns out it would have been 4 games, which is what AJ Green got at Georgia and its what the Buckeyes would have received. If Tressel had thought it through and was deliberately keeping the info from the NCAA, does it really make sense that he'd save the 2010 season and risk the 2011 season? (Again, this is operating under the assumption that he knew the information from the federal criminal investigation would be revealed at some point). The players involved were all Juniors in 2010 and will be Seniors for the 2011 season. Players normally get better as they get older, so if he actually thought about it, why wouldn't he have sit out the first 4 or 5 games of their Junior season? Again, he had to have known that information was going to come out eventually when the federal investigation finished.
Concluding, if he really was a liar or a manipulative con man (as seems to be the consensus outside of Buckeye Nation), Tressel would have done a quick risk-reward analysis, at which point he would have realized that it made absolutely no sense to keep this information from the NCAA. This all brings me back to my original feeling that Tressel didn't keep the information from the NCAA for any deliberate reason. It seems like he just made a mistake.