The NCAA Ruling

Hoody Wayes's picture
November 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

The calendar suggests the NCAA will will make public its ruling on Jim Tressel and Ohio State, some time between today and Monday, November 21 - the beginning of the week of the regular season.  One would expect the NCAA to complete its work, to avoid complicating the first annual, B1G Ten Championship Game, in any way.

Here's a short list of how some expect the NCAA to rule, in this matter:

1.) Jim Tressel - Show-Cause. Ohio State - 1-Year bowl ban and loss of scholarships numbering 10, or less.

2.) Jim Tressel - Show-Cause. Ohio State - 1-Year bowl ban.

3.) Jim Tressel - Show-Cause. Ohio State - Loss of scholarships numbering 10, or less.

While Gee and Smith can certainly be criticized for their inartful statements and clumsy press conferences during this investigation and more seriously - the revelation of additional infractions undertaken by Ohio State players after the December 2010 announcement - Ohio State has vigorously penalized itself and cooperated with the NCAA. It would seem more than prudent for the NCAA to "send a message" to other member institutions that it's better to cooperate and be transparent, in these investigations. I cite the NCAA's language, to support my opinion:

The NCAA's Cooperative Principle

The cooperative principle imposes an affirmative obligation on NCAA member institutions (and their representatives) to assist the NCAA enforcement staff in developing full information about potential violations. All individuals who are subject to NCAA rules must protect the integrity of an investigation and maintain confidentiality throughout the process.

How do member institutions fulfill their obligations under the cooperative principle?

Member institutions fulfill their obligation by: fully cooperating with the enforcement staff, Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee; disclosing to the enforcement staff all relevant information regarding potential violations; and protecting the integrity of the investigation (that is, limiting the disclosure of information relevant to the investigation) (see:

Ohio State has fulfilled this obligation.

And Ohio State has done much to correct it mistakes:

Suspending players

Accepting Tressel’s resignation;

Vacating the football program’s wins in the 2010 season, including the 2010 Big Ten Football Co-Championship and its Sugar Bowl victory in January 2011 (and financial reward, therefrom);

Self-imposing a two-year NCAA probation and

Implementing additional measures to enhance the university’s already extensive monitoring, educational and compliance programs (see:

In my opinion, the NCAA should rule, accordingly:

4.) Jim Tressel - Show-Cause. Ohio State - No further penalties.

Why? Ohio State has exemplified the NCAA's "Cooperative Principle."


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