Honestly, this, if proven true, will be the worst of all the revelations around the program. This sounds similar to the Reggie Bush thing except instead of a house it is cars and instead of 1 person violating the rules it is possibly 50. IF this is true(and I automatically assume the worst now) we are F*cked. And by F*cked, I mean more F*cked than anyone since SMU. This on top of the Tat 5 and the Tressel stuff would guarantee MAJOR sanctions. USC got hit big time for Reggie, OJ, and a few others and because no one seemed to care. While they might not be able to prove that anyone at OSU knew about this, they already know the coach or the AD didn't care to report previous violations and if 50 athletes or family members are involved in both BBall and Football we will certainly get a lack of institutional control.
I could honestly see us getting the worst sanctions since SMU got the death penalty if and only if all of this proves to be true and they find that Tressel, Smith, Gee, or anyone else acted egregiously in regards to the other violations. I had a lot of hope untill today. I really think without this we could have gotten off with maybe several scholarship reductions and obviously a vacated 2010 and possibly losing Tressel but probably just an extended suspension.
If this is true though I don't see any hope that this can end in anything but disaster. I mean I could see them sending the program to the level of an Illinois or Minnesota for several years with the amount of sanctions we would get. That would be devastating. I don't see any way Tressel OR Smith would be able to keep their jobs if this is true and who knows what they find with Matta if they start digging around the basketball program and all the great recruiting classes they have had since he got here.
Please. Someone talk me off the ledge.