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No wristbands for you: OSU confiscated Tressel-honoring wristbands from players

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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.

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13 Responses to “No wristbands for you: OSU confiscated Tressel-honoring wristbands from players”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 5, 2011 2:34 PM

    Kudos to the Ohio State University pushing onward from the Tressel era.

  2. goforthanddie says: Aug 5, 2011 2:52 PM

    I see they recruit geniuses at THE OSU.

  3. bertenheim says: Aug 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    It seems no one on staff should be responsible for selling anything to athletes. The staff should provide what is necessary, free of charge. Nothing should be optional-for-purchase.

  4. bthomas3450 says: Aug 5, 2011 3:36 PM

    I think they might just be huge Justin Timberlake fans.

  5. cubano76 says: Aug 5, 2011 4:22 PM

    Those things look like the handcuffs ICE uses!

  6. medtxpack says: Aug 5, 2011 4:38 PM

    maybe they should all jsut start wearing vests…

  7. mogogo1 says: Aug 5, 2011 6:07 PM

    I get why the young players who can’t see the forest for the trees would want to honor the guy who recruited them. But why would a staffer employed by the university be distributing (the selling just makes things worse) anything intended to praise a guy who the university just canned for multiple violations? I think the term “ex-staffer” is going to be in this guy’s future.

  8. polegojim says: Aug 5, 2011 7:37 PM

    …and the situation has officially become a Witch Hunt.

    Next – they’ll try to burn him at the stake.


  9. Deb says: Aug 5, 2011 10:31 PM

    Oh boy … problematic on so many levels.

    Tressel is gone because of his own errors, not because someone wronged him, so there’s no reason for a staffer and incoming freshmen to treat him like a martyr. The staffer selling the bracelets was trying to stir the pot when the school is trying desperately to move on. He ought to be fired because it was disrespectful to Coach Fickell and an in-your-face gesture to the NCAA right before they make a decision on OSU’s future. What a dimwit.

    On the other hand …

    The poor kids ought to be able to wear whatever bracelets they want. You can’t blame OSU for confiscating them because who can tell what the NCAA would do … but it’s terrible that schools have to live in that much fear of their own organization.

  10. hockeyfan1701 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:12 PM

    The more you call attention to stupid stuff like wrist bands the longer the Tressel saga drags on. Just let it go and it will die away. Keep drawing attention to it by doing stupid stuff like this and it will live forever.

  11. mike2347 says: Aug 6, 2011 7:12 AM

    Wouldn’t be a violation if ncaa got the profits.Time to get rid of nike logo,as they are making money off the advertising,much more than the bracelets.Staffer actually on wrestling team,not football.

  12. overratedgators says: Aug 6, 2011 12:32 PM

    That an OSU staffer thought that this was a good idea in the first place is asinine. OSU is about to dodge a bullet, with the NCAA refusing to levy LOIC of FTM charges, and the school will likely get off with a relative slap on the wrist. That’s due, in no small part, to a fairly well coordinated strategy of blaming everything on Tressel.

    To have a school official now selling bracelets honoring Tressel – which, to the untrained eye, could be easily misinterpreted as an official school position of standing fully BEHIND Tressel – runs counter to the strategy they’ve been pursuing.

    When you’re this close to dodging a bullet, it’s just not smart to jump back in front of it at the last second.

  13. dkhhuey says: Aug 7, 2011 11:04 PM

    Seriously – if the kids came up with this on their own then I can only give them a bit of latitude because most of them came because of Tressel. In lieu of the tsunami of bad press that has been dumped on Tressel (yes, I do know it was all self-inflicted) I see no problem in them making a small statement to say they are still in his corner! Regardless of the events and how they unfolded, there is still that bond between them.

    If it does turn out to be fully created and promoted by a university staffer, on the other hand, this person is a complete IDIOT and should be fired immediately.

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