How Ohio State won a bowl while losing respect

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  • Ross Madison, AL
    Jan. 5, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    I find it disconcerting for the NCAA to favor one team over the other, like they wanted to make sure Ohio State won their bowl game. If the suspended players had to sit out immediately Ohio State would not have won! Ohio State would have also kept the respect that they lost. What good is a fixed game win. But the NCAA seems to have their price at which you can get the ruling you want, Just ask Cam Newton at Auburn.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Jan. 5, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Players getting "extra benefits" is so common in the elite programs that the only time it gets reported is when a fellow institution gets upset and reports it out of jealousy.

    Pryor has been pulled over FOUR times in the last two years. Each time he was driving a "loaner" car from a local dealer because his Dodge Charger was in the shop "getting repaired".

    Guaranteed, if the NCAA really investigated these players, they'd find that selling a few trinkets for tattoos was just the tip of the iceberg.

    Any bets on how many of these players actually return to Ohio State next year after they get an offer from the NFL that was just "too good to turn down"?

    Ohio State isn't the only school, either. It's just the latest to get caught.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Jan. 5, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Sadly enough, college athletics will go the way of the Olympics.
    Amateurism will eventually acquiesce to professionalism.
    It has already begun and the genie will never again be placed back into the bottle.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Ohio State did not win this game because of the players mentioned. They won because Arkansas players were quite inept at catching balls or picking it up and walking into the endzone after a blocked punt. That had to be one of the most poorly played games (by Arkansas) of the bowl season.

    Does anyone out there really believe Pryor will return to OSU next year? When asked by Ms. Rowe his answer was basically, "Ya, right".

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    Jan. 5, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    I have a former missionary companion who was the head coach of the men's volleyball team at the university that has a Y on the mountain just east of it. He did his utmost to run a clean program and to comply with all of the NCAA rules. In spite of his best efforts, some boosters committed some infractions. Ultimately, he resigned his position and suffered much undeserved humiliation. And then we see the debacle that has occurred with Ohio State and how the NCAA officials just blushed, winked and looked the other way. Yes, we are talking apples and oranges here, but the two scenarios are a prime example of how people can "swallow a camel and strain at a gnat." It just depends on who has the power and the money.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    NCAA sanctions are a very bad joke.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    ??? "And I apologize," he said again, "to everybody" ???

    Are they really? The NCAA are the one didn't do the job right and they are not powerfull enough to push around those bcs folks. Good thing that I did see the game but what do they care.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Jan. 5, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    I love the selective reporting and the outrage aimed at Ohio State. Full disclosure: I live in Ohio so I've definitely heard a lot of reporting on the matter. The biggest thing never mentioned is that there is precedent for this decision. In fact, the NCAA has delayed suspensions before to allow players to play in a bowl game. The only reason everybody is so outraged this time is that it's Ohio State. It's not like these players are criminals. They didn't steal anything (Masoli), hurt anybody (Rainey), or extort anybody (Newton). They sold their own rightful property for below market value. Finally, they were actually given a stiffer penalty than is standard. This violation usually nets a four game suspension (Green), but they got five. So enough with all the holier-than-thou hate towards these players.

  • cla Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Kinda reminds me of the old joke Jerry Tarkanian used to tell about the NCAA getting so mad at Duke and North Carolina...that they put Cleveland State on probation. It's all about the "Benjamins" boys and girls. If Southern Utah breaks a rule, they'll get thrown in jail. The Buckeyes break the rules, and the NCAA takes away their iPod privileges. You think the Sugar Bowl's gonna stand for lower t-v ratings (and advertising revenue) if the stars are suspended? Who's willing to bet those kids will live up to their promise and return to Ohio State next year? If so, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. Once again the guilty are rewarded and the innocent are punished.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Yeah and all of us should be in charge because when faced with the same issues we would have done what was right- we would never take the money- we are better than that

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    All of these people who allowed them to play including the players themselves are cowards. This is a terrible example for everyone including youth. Today's mentality is to do what you want because if you don't get caught it isn't wrong and if you don't try you will never know what you could have gotten away with.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    Disappointing year for college sports.

    The NCAA gave approval for schools to pay cash to a student's parents for the "right" to sign them to a scholarship.

    And now the NCAA says its OK for students to use an autograph as cash for services.

    What a joke.

  • DBeck Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Instead of a Love Rollercoaster, a greed rollercoaster. The fact is these Ohio (State) players have made the pro scouts salivate. Never mind the sport, if young athletes are willing to bend a few seemingly meaningless rules now (and especially be supported in it), what might they be willing to do for really big money?

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 5, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    The BCS has rigged the sport, and coaches are complicite because they would prefer getting the extra month practice time to hold onto their jobs, rather than decide a champion in a playoff.