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I'm Getting an Uneasy Gut Feeling . . .re: OSU


Despite all of the hand-wringing and pontification at espn and elsewhere that Ohio Hate is in big trouble, I have this feeling that the NCAA is not going to do the right thing.  I only base it on one tiny thing.  Tiny in relation to what has been charged, but big in my mind considering, again, what has been charged.  They aren't being charged with the dreaded "lack of institutional control".  The violations are being called "potentially major."  And maybe it isn't an appropriate charge considering it was Tressell alone that lied through his teeth while he did "the right thing" last year.  I look at what they charged Michigan with and wonder about why they had to defend a charge of "lack of institutional control" but OSU is a repeat offender and the issue of institutional control is not being charged.  I wouldn't say what UM was accused of and what they did was penny-ante, because I think coaches know the rules and are obliged to follow them. Keeping track of your players "football time" in the off season is one of those obligations.  But there was never any cover-up, or accusations that UM, the Prez, the AD, Coach RR or anyone else wasn't 100% above board during the investigation, yet there it was, a charge of a lack of institutional control.  And maybe the nature of the charges leads to the LOIC charge. 

I contend that OSU has shown an obvious LOIC.  Their pitiful handling of the situation when they learned of it is one way they are showing a lack of control.  Most schools fire coaches that lie to the Admin, the AD, the Compliance office, the investigators (whether they are the schools or the NCAAs), their Conference, and the NCAA.  But a 2 game suspension and a fine he can pay out of petty cash show just how seriously they took and are taking the allegations they have already admitted were true.  How they think that is appropriate is so far out of believable, I just can't wrap my mind around it.

By the way, does anyone find humor in the way the NCAA tells OSU that, following OSU's investigation regarding Coach Tressell's honesty and lack of candor, and report to the NCAA the results of that investigation, the NCAA says, "Coach Tressell was not being honest and lacked candor, etc."  

Anyway, I just have this feeling the NCAA is not going to be as harsh with OSU as most think they should be.  I'm not sure what I think should happen, but it won't be severe enough and the NCAA will continue to be paper tigers to the worst offenders.  Let the whitewashing begin.   

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