We didn’t touch on this initial story, but a few days ago Ohio State’s freshman football players were introduced during a news conference as the Buckeyes begin their fall practices. During the event, several freshman wore a wristband (pictured) containing the letters “JT” to honor former OSU coach Jim Tressel.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has confiscated those wristbands from the players and reimbursed them for the cost in fear that said wristbands were a violation of NCAA rules.
OSU officials called it “cautionary”; we call it a “buzzkill”.
In fairness, compliance is just doing their job and the idea reportedly was not passed through anybody. We’re not sure if purchasing a wristband from an Ohio State staff member, whom the Dispatch claims sold the wristbands, is a violation of NCAA rules — the use of the wristbands might serve as a promotion for their sale, which would be a violation — but we are more-than-certain that not everything surrounding Tressel is an infraction.
Just most things.