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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hush Money or Bribe – OSU and Jim Tressel

The farce continues at OSU.  We thought we were done writing about the scandal at Tattoo U, but it just will not go away.  The latest smell came attached to the statement that OSU would vacate the twelve wins in 2010 including the Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas.  Oh, they also placed themselves on probation for two years.  We are not sure what that means or what consequences that would bring with a violation of said imposed probation. 

The self-imposed vacating and probation is to head-off the NCAA and possible real meaningful sanctions like loss of athletic scholarships and no Bowl appearances.  This combined with the player suspensions, Pryor leaving school for the NFL and Tressel quitting is what OSU hopes will keep them out of further hot NCAA water.
The really funny part is what Jim Tressel got out of agreeing to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.

"...the university also said Friday it is waiving a $250,000 fine imposed on Tressel and changing his resignation to a retirement."
Therefore, this deal saves Tressel a quarter of a million bucks, and he gets the benefit of a State of Ohio retirement package.  Remember he coached and cheated at Youngstown as well.

The university will pay him $52,250 - the equivalent of the salary and benefits he would have earned through the end of June.   Remember he resigned on May 30th.
Tressel also will collect his unpaid sick and vacation time up to 250 hours and will be eligible for health-insurance coverage for himself and his family under the plan available to all state retirees, according to the settlement.

Tressel agreed that he would not sue the university.  What the heck does that mean? 
Throw me in that Briar Patch.  What a sham.

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