NCAA Pulls Out Toy Hammer Against Ohio State

Really, guys?

I’m tired of the media and the NCAA trying to explain how USC’s penalties and OSU’s are apples to oranges.  I’m tired of waiting for an explanation of how Paul Dee got to preside over USC’s fate in the middle of Miami’s decade of cocaine, funded abortions, free prostitutes and drugs for players from a booster with sideline access.

Today, the NCAA ruled that Ohio State would serve a one-year bowl ban and add 4 scholarships to the 5 they “self sanctioned”.  And they hit Jim Tressel in the nuts with the NCAA equivalent of the scarlet letter (how appropriate given OSU’s colors).

So, for USC’s crimes:  30 schollies, 2 year bowl ban.
For Ohio State’s crimes:  9 schollies, 1 year bowl ban.

This is just the latest in the NCAA’s final stand to claim any sort of control over their business that they still won’t admit is a business.

We have a term for that in my group of friends that we’ve borrowed from the hip hop artists of our youth.  Wolf tickets.  They are selling wolf tickets.  They are selling a product that doesn’t exist.

Self-sanctioning is bullshit.  USC self-sanctioned when OJ Mayo’s handler got paid $1000 and the NCAA leveraged it into an overall school compliance issue.  Let’s go with their apples to oranges discussion point, because frankly it makes them look dumber than an asshole with a crumpled dollar bill continually trying to pay for Doritos at a vending machine.

USC was nailed for NOT KNOWING something they apparently SHOULD HAVE KNOWN in a dealing between a would-be agent and a player/player’s family.

Ohio State was nailed for covering up behavior for multiple players that would have resulted in violations and going out of their way to keep it a secret.

In fairness (which doesn’t apply with the NCAA), the monetary implications with OSU are far smaller than what Reggie Bush received.  On the other hand, the head coach of OSU was caught repeatedly evading the NCAA.  They tried to cover it up.

Part of me feels somewhat vindicated that at least this resembles what USC got, but it terrifies me that these clowns in Indianapolis will somehow let Miami off the hook using Penn State and possibly Syracuse as smokescreens.

When will USC get an explanation of how Paul Dee-led sanctions are credible?  How can we trust their dealings with Ohio State are credible?

Self-sanctions are a joke in this case because OSU didn’t do this until they KNEW they were getting caught.  A self-sanction in theory would be to say, “Oh no, our players are selling OSU contraband for profit, let’s suspend them for 4 games including the bowl, report it all right now and tack on 2 reduced scholarships”.   In that instance, you are coming clean and assisting the NCAA.

So tell me how on earth the NCAA has lost so much cred that they even accepted OSU’s self-imposed sanctions?  If you go out of your way to lie to me in a time where everyone knows you are selling wolf tickets and have about as much credibility as the drunk guy in the alley, I am going to accept your 5 schollies and RAISE you another 10 for patronizing me.

The NCAA has lost control.

And wait, it gets better.  Miami “self-sanctioned” by forfeiting a bowl berth this year AFTER they went 6-5.  They waited to see what kind of season they had before trying to sit out a year.  They had BS suspensions for the current players involved.  By the time the NCAA get around to sanctioning them, it will be essentially what USC got because Miami will have given up so many things that didn’t matter, they will look harsh on paper but in reality, be paper tiger sanctions.

I am so disgusted by the NCAA that I have resorted to praying to all Gods made available to me that Matt and TJ come back because I want a national title now.  I have always said I only care about the Rose Bowl, and that is true, but in this case, I want the title because a top five finish only begins to rub the NCAA’s face in it.

They need to see that even their punishments mean nothing.

Take your time, NCAA.  I’ll be hear waiting to call wolf tickets when you screw up again.  It’s not that I wanted OSU to be more penalized than us because I hate Ohio State.  Hell, I am too young to remember what it’s like to lose to them.  To me, they are just a middle of the road academics school in a city I’d never live in that loves football and loses to USC like the rest of the Big 10.  I don’t wish anything personal on them.

I just wanted you guys to make some sense for once.  I wanted an explanation so we could finally just say definitively that you have no idea which way is up.  I wanted you to nail them for 3 years and 40 total schollies over 4 years and say if USC should have known, you DID know.  Then when Miami gets ripped, it should be for 7 years and 70 schollies because they should have known and probably did and worse, doled out punishment without looking in the mirror.

And then Penn State needs to lose football for a decade.

I want to see you guys make sense.  Otherwise, I’ll fight you to the death and frankly, everyone is on my side.

One last quip.  You let them hire Urban Meyer, who first recruited Cam Newton, but you punish Tressel. You let the Cam Newton thing go so easily and the whole world knows what happened.  You have him on record saying MSU couldn’t pay what Auburn did and magically, Auburn did nothing?  And if this kid asked for money at everywhere he’s been and previously SIGNED with Florida, you are telling me Meyer didn’t pay?

Wolf tickets, NCAA.  Wolf tickets.


I misread the schollie reductions.  Reread this post with the knowledge that now I believe this is complete and utter bullshit, not just wolf tickets.



Filed under Rants and Musings

29 responses to “NCAA Pulls Out Toy Hammer Against Ohio State

  1. Scott

    The scholarship reduction is 9 TOTAL, not 9 per year. Such bullshit.

  2. Mike

    SC 30 scholies, Ohio State 9 scholies…right?

  3. Steven Browning Sample

    In all fairness, hasn’t the universe punished (NCAA president) Mark Emmert enough given his fashion sense?

  4. HeliGeorge

    The only thing that can tame this sour taste is decorating my Christmas tree with some freshly harvested bear heads…

  5. Bob

    Way to read, ya douche

  6. Joe Trojan

    I’d like to know when the majority of schools will break away and form their own governing body.

  7. I know how the dog in David Lynch’s comic strip, “The Angriest Dog in the World,” felt whenever I think about the hypocrisy. They should rename their organization NCSECAA and move on. Arrggghhh (I am angry).

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  9. Mike

    Yo Zack, it’s 9, not 27. Should read: “For Ohio State’s crimes: 9 schollies, 1 year bowl ban.”

  10. KingCambie

    Now Larry effin’ Scott has to realize that the NCAA is taking money out of PAC12 pockets with the additional year of bowl ban that led to the PAC12 champ. fiasco this year. Prediction: No team will recieve a two yr. bowl ban ever again. Thanks for sticking up for your best earner, Larry.

    • waxx

      Going to have to edit some more…. and this time with a little more enthusiasm with the knowledge that its only 9 scholarships TOTAL over three years. Bear fighter should be very pissed.

      Oh, and tOSU also doesn ‘t have a cap of 22 recruits and 82 total scholies per year, the way USC has a cap of 15 and 75 per year. Meaning, tOSU can spread them out as they wish, while we cannot.

      Oh yeah, Terrele Pryor has a 5yr disassociation, while Reggie is banned until our maker calls.

      Now rewrite this thing with a little more piss and vinegar.

      I’m done now.

  11. waxx

    Also, the reason they were not given a two year bowl ban? That’s when the escalator of “free agency transfer” kicks in – i.e. a junior or senior student-athlete at a school under a two year bowl ban is free to transfer w/o penalty of sitting out a year.

  12. thekatman

    Ohio State got off too easy on this one. With that said, the blatant NCAA infractions at Miami, will be met with the same indifference to equality, justice and fairness as was Ohio State. Miami will get off easy as well.

    The only way for the NCAA to show the college football world that they are a fair and just organization, that doles out penalties in a reasonable & prudent way is to reinstate 28 of the 30 schollies USC will lose, in order to conform to anything that’s been doled out recently.

    Let’s see here…. USC gets hit with 30:1 schollie reductions for Reggie Bush’s off campus, 130 miles away from school, personal money making deal with 2 crooks, and OSU gets 9 schollies for Tat-gate, taking money from a booster, and a booster paying the players for work they never did, not to mention Tressel-gate and purposefully playing inelligible players in a season and bowl game. Doesn’t seem equitable, fair, reasonable nor prudent. It is pure hatred and spite by Paul Dee and the NCAA to try to pin down the most successful collegiate football program in the past 10 years.

    Well, to hell with that!
    Fight On brothers and sisters.
    Beat everybody!

  13. Gnossos

    Zack, it’s only a loss of 9 total scholarships over the 3 years.

    • Zack Jerome

      GUYS. thank you, but i put the update at the end so arrogantly i didn’t have to re-read it. That said, less schollies only makes it worse and ferments my incredibly handsome point.

  14. Chris

    Yes, you did misread the scholies Z. It is NOT 3*9…. It is actually 3*3 for a grand total of … 9!!! Over 3 years that is!

  15. There is no such thing as justice. F the NCAA.

  16. Fan

    Zack. You need to include North Carolina. Also, the Ohio State investigation was not not done well, the key witness did not talk to the NCAA according to Charles Robinson who broke the story for Yahoo Sports.

  17. Abraham

    MB7 is back!

  18. The NCAA deserves to be sanctioned for a loss of institutional control. They have no control over their schools, no credibility, and nobody takes them seriously. They sanction their schools seemingly at random. If USC had a lack of institutional control, the only way to describe the NCAA is a chaotic, uncontrollable mess.

  19. frank c

    A real objective read of the OSU Bowl Ban is they were not sanctioned at all. Remember last December when Tressel & OSU were forced to come out with the issue of Pryor and buddies. The NCAA still allowed OSU to play in the bowl game on January 1. And even more remarkably allowed the perpertrators to play in the game. Of course deferring game suspension until the following year in pre season games against Toledo.

    So the net fact is they given a bowl game last year when it should have been taken away. And now they are assessing a one bowl appearance. This is net of ZERO bowl sanctions.

    But they can’t stop MATT BARKLEY and the white jacket /white visor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Abraham

    Z can’t wait for your post about MB7 coming back. I can’t wait for him to own all the QB records!!!

  21. El Quixotian

    Well…admittedly taking advantage of the glorious hindsight to the Christmas/Channukah presents that were ours with your prayers being answered, verily, you had prophesied righteousnessly that USC has suffered for the Buckeyes’ (and others’?) Sins.

    Chatting earlier wiith an SID type while warning of the folly of following Guerrero’s gallows, relating of how our year in the the outside of the Pac5 (prior to Marcus ‘ attempt at athe Phyrric victory lap on a muddy Fiasco Bowl field and Robo’s falling on a Ramhorn while a previous 2 year’s year ban was endured) had at that time turned into a dark, dark age, the difference emerged.

    Now, like the growing child who has learned that he no longer has to feign tears as the old man’s belt no longer merits a welt, we can laugh off the fact that we had to miss a couple (bowl) nights of TV (82-83 ban included regular season blackout?)and had to forgo a couple trinkets (Reggie’s bronze and that Crystal ball). We know we still won those games while the step dad was out hustling the erstwhile ‘sports marketer’ out of some free rent. The can’t erase those tapes.

    So we had to fire up in the air between reloading.

    Now, Dee and company have been exposed, and other than some UGLY haters who equate not losing with cheating, everybody sees the sly finger flick on the nose while Haden says intones the final few Hail Mary’s, and knows the Sting is not on us.

    Fight On, efF Off, and Nude Up Song Girls!

  22. Win4Ever

    Zack- You know what I’ve noticed people call USC in blogs and stuff? They call us U$C. I’ve always taken that as a compliment. We are rich. Being rich is better than being poor. Of course, these people are also referring to Reggie Bush and the sanctions. Even then, they are uneducated about the sanctions and don’t understand that USC…oh wait U$C (awesome) got in trouble for not knowing that one player took money. All in all, I’d rather be U$C than 0regon (the O is actually a zero, meaning zero big game wins. Zero bowl wins under Chip.)

    • RJW'90

      It’s a compliment,though an accidental one,because it acknowledges our longstanding image. As I type this, I am looking at two buttons I bought at the bookstore in 1986. “Mom, sell the house I want to stay at U$C” and “U$C I’m sold on Cardinal and Gold”. Of course, that Cal extension campus in Westwood should be named “u¢la.”

      Does anyone else have old buttons,bumper stickers or T-shirts like this?

  23. Chris

    Come home from Jackson Hole and write the Post-Barkley Announcement piece you promised.

  24. Snack Bag

    stop going to the games and stop watching them on TV. The only way things will change is if they stop profiting.

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