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Tressel opts not to attend rules seminar

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In addition to a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel’s punishment from the school for his cover-up/lies regarding violations committed by a handful of his players also included having to attend an NCAA rules compliance seminar in Tampa, Fla..

His resignation late last month, however, caused a change in plans.

Tressel’s attorney, Gene Marsh, told the Columbus Dispatch over the weekend that the former Buckeyes coach opted not to attend the seminar, which was scheduled for last week. ¬†Marsh, the paper writes, “said Tressel likely would have drawn a great deal of attention from the media and others because of his recent resignation and Terrelle Pryor’s decision last week to forgo his senior season, and he could have become a daily distraction.”

Former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and current UConn men’s basketball Jim Calhoun, whose respective programs were recently slapped by the NCAA, did attend.

An attorney whose firm deal with individuals with NCAA issues and was a speaker at the seminar told the Dispatch that he advises his clients to attend such meetings if they entertain hopes of coaching again.

“I deal with coaches, too, in my practice,” Michael Buckner told the paper. “I always tell them, ‘You need to self-impose that penalty. You need to go to the seminar. If you want to continue to coach – yeah, we’re probably going to dispute some of these things, but you need to show the (NCAA) committee you are willing to learn new things, that you are humbled.”

Speaking of the NCAA, Marsh stated that it’s uncertain whether or not Tressel will appear in front of the Committee on Infractions to answer the Associations allegations against him. ¬†The school’s hearing before the COI is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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16 Responses to “Tressel opts not to attend rules seminar”
  1. lakesidegator says: Jun 13, 2011 10:16 AM

    If Tiger can go into rehab. @ a location known to the media and public, why can’t Tressel go to a rules seminar? Is his EGO really bigger than Tiger’s?

  2. huskerguy says: Jun 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    Or…… he was really too embarrassed to go because HE GOT CAUGHT!

    “Daily distraction”- understatement of the year. He is now a daily distraction to a lot of Buckeye fans everyday they have to hear about him.

  3. blitz4848 says: Jun 13, 2011 10:32 AM

    If Tressel has decided he is done coaching, which is likely, considering his age and the fact he can more than afford to retire then there really is no need to go through this procedure.

  4. edgy says: Jun 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    Arrogance, thy name is Tressel.

  5. tdub821 says: Jun 13, 2011 11:33 AM

    Liar Liar Vest on Fire…are we really surprised?…Sure, lets have the Liar Vest give a class on ethics, morality and honesty…I’m sure he’s busy doing commercials for the local tattoo shops and car dealerships.

  6. Deb says: Jun 13, 2011 12:45 PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake. The guy just lost his job and is trying to figure out what’s next. You people are so full of judgment. You have no idea what you’d do in his position, but I doubt you’d immediately trot off to a seminar :roll:

  7. edgy says: Jun 13, 2011 12:58 PM

    Deb, I do KNOW what I’d do: report the damn violation and move on. The players would have lost a couple of games and there would have been no question about their eligibility for the $ugar Bowl. Now, it puts an entire season at risk for a guy who was too arrogant to do the right thing and probably thinks that he’s above it all now.

  8. neyvit says: Jun 13, 2011 1:19 PM

    This is the equivalent of getting fired from a company but still being expected to go to a training seminar for that company weeks later – and not just any seminar, a seminar where they tell you how horrible of a person you are and how much you failed at your job after they just got done firing you.

    How is anyone here outraged about this? He’s obviously done coaching, why the hell would he go through this charade.

  9. Deb says: Jun 13, 2011 1:56 PM

    Yes, edgy :roll:

    But it’s two separate issues. For whatever reason, he lied. I’m not excusing or condoning it. That was his choice. It was wrong, but he did it.

    Having done that, he has now lost his job, his reputation, his coaching identity, and possibly his legacy. It’s unlikely he told his family and friends about his lies until this blew up, so he’s having to deal with the personal as well as the professional fallout. Now I don’t know the inner workings of the man’s head and heart as well as you do, but somehow I doubt he’s running around patting himself on the back in arrogance. And now that his life has completely tanked, I doubt he’s thinking that he’s too good to attend a seminar. I doubt he’s thinking about the seminar at all.

    But as always, you know best.

  10. edgy says: Jun 13, 2011 7:45 PM

    Deb, I do know best because in this case, if he had done just what he should have done then none of these messages would exist — END OF STORY. If he had been the adult in the room and reported all of this then no one would be making excuses for him, there’d be no $250k fine and he’d still be the head coach of tOSU – do you dispute this fact? You damn right, I know what’s best because if he had done as I had said then this is NOTHING but you’d rather try to score points with the ignorant fans of tOSU here that hate me than admit that he put himself in this position because of his arrogance and he continues to show his arrogance because while you can speculate that he’s through, he’s probably not and if he comes back, he’ll wait long enough for people to forget about that class.

  11. Deb says: Jun 13, 2011 7:53 PM

    Yes, edgy, I’m famous for tempering my comments to score points with readers … especially from the Big 10. :roll:

    My posts on this thread are in complete harmony with everything else I’ve posted since this story broke. Tressel should not have lied to the NCAA. Bad Jim! But this article is not about his transgression, it is about his decision not to attend a rules seminar in the immediate aftermath of losing his job. neyvit’s comparison to the fired employee being expected to attend a training seminar the following week covered it beautifully … for those who aren’t experiencing a psychotic break.

  12. tdub821 says: Jun 13, 2011 9:08 PM

    OSU…the USC of the Mid-West.

  13. WingT says: Jun 13, 2011 10:22 PM

    @ Deb
    You have been kinda of brown nosing the OSU fans, Edgy is right

  14. Deb says: Jun 13, 2011 11:34 PM

    Yeah, WingT, that’s my goal in life … to brown-nose fans of a program I don’t even like. I’m so known for brown-nosing all over the threads because I’m desperate to have people like me. That’s why I’d never tell a fellow Alabama fan like you to shove it up your backside, you moronic jackass. Nah, I’d never want to upset one of the Bama faithful just because he’s been a total twit for a while now.

    I couldn’t possibly be making these comments about Tressel because for as long as I’ve been on these boards I’ve said the NCAA is completely corrupt and have always posted against punishing schools after the guilty parties have left. It couldn’t be that I’ve posted from the get-go that players should be compensated and I find the whole idea of creating sanctions against trading your own autograph for cash ludicrous. And I just got through explaining to someone NOT on the football blog and NOT an OSU fan that I feel for a man who had a good reputation because he has lost everything over covering up something trivial and ludicrous.

    I’m not defending what he did, but I find these rules IDIOTIC. And I find it particularly idiotic that you and your little friend edgy think the guy should be focused on attending a freakin’ rules seminar within days of losing his JOB. But you are clearly IDIOTS. So it’s not surprising that your thinking is idiotic. :roll:

    My position hasn’t changed since Day One.

    YOU apparently have decided your role on the blog is to kiss edgy’s backside.

    Now you can kiss mine.

  15. edgy is under THEE Thumb! says: Jun 14, 2011 7:35 AM

    Quintessential (the most perfect embodiment of something) Dumb ass, thy name is edgy.

  16. edgy says: Jun 14, 2011 9:06 AM

    Hey, fake, at last my name IS edgy and I don’t have to stop pleasuring myself like you do to put my thumb on keyboard to change my name to someone else’s — MORON.

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