Monday, October 24, 2011

blog rough draft research continued


How it all went down...

December 23, 2010- The Ohio State University suspends five players for the first five games of the 2011 season after they were found guilty of NCAA violations for selling memorabilia and awards for improper benefits, including tattoos. The players included starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, starting running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, starting wide receiver Devier Posey, and defensive end Solomon Thomas. The University, and the NCAA however, will allow the five players to participate in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl against star quarterback Ryan Mallet and eight ranked Arkansas.

January 4, 2011- Ohio State defeats Arkansas 31-26 in the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes got major contributions from the suspended players. Starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor lead the buckeyes with 221 yards passing, 115 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. Starting tailback Daniel "Boom" Herron contributes with 87 yards rushing and a touchdown. Devier Posey, the buckeyes number one reciever, had three receptions for 70 yards including a 43 yard touchdown reception from Pryor to give Ohio State a 28-7 lead with 1:59 seconds left in the first half. Defensive end Solomon Thomas intercepted Ryan Mallet late in the fourth quarter to help Ohio State seal the victory. This win gives head coach Jim Tressel his fifth BCS victory, and the Buckeyes first bowl victory against an SEC team in school history.

March 8, 2011- A yahoo sports story alleges Tressel knew of his players selling the items more than 8 months before school officials said they were made aware of the transactions. Former walk-on, and local attorney Christopher Cicero emailed Tressel and made him aware of the situation. Even though Cicero did this, Tressel said in a press conference that he kept this information to himself to protect the confidentiality of a federal investigation and the safety of his players. Ohio State suspends Tressel for the first two games of the 2011 season, and fines him $250, 000. The president of Ohio State, E. Gordon Gee was asked whether or not Tressel might be fired, he commented, "I'm just hoping that  the coach doesn't dismiss me."

March 17, 2011- The NCAA upholds the five-game suspensions for the five Ohio state players. Head coach Jim Tressel vows that athletic director Gene Smith increase his suspension from two to five games to match the players punishment. 

March 25- The Columbus Dispatch reports that Tressel forwarded the emails he received concerning the players to Ted Sarniak, a businessman from Jeannette, P.A., who is a mentor to Terrelle Pryor. 

April 12- Ohio State receives a notice of allegations from the NCAA, mostly concerning Tressel's actions. 

May 7- The Columbus Dispatch reports that, "Ohio State's director of compliance is reviewing at least 50 car sales to Buckeyes athletes and relatives to see if they met NCAA rules.

May 26, 2011- Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small tells Ohio State's school newspaper, "The Lantern", that during his time at Ohio State from 2006-2010 he sold his Big Ten Championship rings and other memorabilia. He also said that he received deals on cars. Jim Tressel suspended Small multiple times, including his senior year before the 2010 Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks.

May 30, 2011- This is a sad day. According to,  "Jim Tressel, who brought Ohio State its first national title in 34 years, resigned today amid NCAA violations from a tattoo-parlor scandal that sulled the image of the country's top football programs."

June 7, 2011- Ohio State starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor announces his intention to forgo his senior season in favor of the NFL supplemental draft. 

June 8, 2011- Ohio State responds to NCAA allegations, and vacates all 12 wins from the 2010-2011 season, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. Ohio State self-imposes a two year probation on its football program, but no scholarship losses or bowl ban. 

June 14, 2011- Terelle Pryor holds a press conference with agent Drew Rosenhaus in Miami, Fla, and Pryor says, "Coach Jim Tressel, I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot, and I apologize for putting you in a situation of taking you out of a job, a place that you love to be."
(where the timeline information came from)

In this video link, an ESPN analyst talks about the five Ohio State football that were suspended for accepting improper benefits. This was a segment that was aired before The BCS Allstate Sugar bowl against Ryan Mallet, and Arkansas. All five of these players were able to participate in this game, and that was a huge controversy because it was a huge game, and many believed that these five players which include starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, starting running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, starting OT Mike Adams, starting wide receiver Devier Posey, and DE Solomon Thomas. Many fans of Buckeye nation didn't , and still don't accept the players apologies for what they did. 

In this video clip, they interview Terrelle Pryor and ask him about his block 'O' tattoo. That tattoo is one of the tattoos that Terrelle traded memorabilia for, and when asked about where he got it, he told the interviewer that he got it "back home". Obviously, this is one of many lies that Terrelle Pryor told during his time at The Ohio State University.

In this video, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith talks about the players that got suspended, and tries to vogue for them by saying things such as, "it was for their family". Terrelle Pryor was quoted on November 20, 2010 that, "I'm not worried about money. My mom works a little bit and I can get some of her money and use the money I get here". So, do I think that Terrelle Pryor traded memorabilia for money to help his family? No, I believe he did it for himself. 

In this video, a man whose face isn't available to see, talks to an interviewer on Outside the Lines. The interview talks about Terrelle Pryor receiving 500-1000$ three to four times a week, for signing memerobilia for Dennis Talbot who is not an Ohio State booster. The interview was asked why Terrelle did this, and he simply replied "he wanted the money". 

Ray Small, a former Ohio State wide receiver talks about how he sold his rings for his own purposes. He implied he would do it to get his rent paid, and he ball parked his estimations for 800-1000$ in cash. He knew he was breaking these rules, but didn't care about doing so.

This video displays the apologies of all five Ohio State suspended players including (in order first speaker, to last) Devier Posey, Mike Adams,  Daniel "Boom" Herron, Terelle Pryor, and Solomon Thomas.


According to the article, Ohio State football scandal: Is coach or 'hypocritical' NCAA to blame? written by Daniel B. Wood, "In the grand scheme of things, there have probably been coaches and players who did much worse, without penalty. And some sports ethicists are as likely to point the finger at the National Collegiate Athletic Association as at Tressel and the OSU players.

"There is so much hypocrisy and duplicity in the rules of the NCAA that determining a right path might be very challenging for anyone," says Ellen Staurowsky, professor and graduate chair in the Department of Sport Management & Media at Ithaca College, in New York. "There is such a disconnect between what their rules say versus the practical realities of the system that it's no wonder those rules are subverted on a regular basis."

"Tressel had won big since becoming head coach at Ohio State in 2001, including eight BCS bowls in 10 years, a 106-22 overall record, a national championship in 2002. Off the field, Tressel had an upright reputation. He had written a book on religious faith and high achievement."

"The school is now in search of a permanent coach and an instructor for a new course called, 'Crisis Bungling,' wrote Chris Dufresne in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times."



In 1934 after a game against the University of Michigan, in which Ohio State defeated them 34-0 (the largest margin of victory at this point) Coach Schmidt changed Buckeye lore forever when, before the season, he was asked about beating Michigan. Schmidt said, "The University of Michigan football players put their pants on one leg at a time same as everybody else." This comment created the "Gold Pants Club," a group of businessmen who award a miniature gold football pants charm to all players who participate in a win over the Wolverines. The charms are engraved with each player's initials, the date of the game, and the final score. 


Edward Rife

This is a mug shot of Edward Rife. Rife ran and owned a tattoo parlor in Columbus, Ohio, and it was this tattoo parlor that Ohio State players traded memorabilia, autographs, and Ohio State equipment for tattoos, and money benefits. Rife, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges of money laundering and drug trafficking, is awaiting a sentence.  

Terrelle Pryor (QB)- 5 games (NFL)
Daniel "Boom" Herron (RB)- 6 games (senior)
Devier Posey (WR)- 10 games (senior)
Mike Adams (OT)- 5 games (senior)
Solomon Thomas (DE)- 5 games (RS senior)

Smaller Scandals


  1. 1.) Does the essay make a clear argument? Yes_*__ No____ If so, what is the argument as you interpret it? If not, what is your best guess?

    The argument is what the punishments should be for Ohio State football and if they were fair punishments.

    2.) Find on sentence that you think best describes the thesis of the blog essay.

    A yahoo sports story alleges Tressel knew of his players selling the items more than 8 months before school officials said they were made aware of the transactions.

    3.) Based upon questions one and two, what are the supporting points that your partner offers to support their argument?

    Gives valid dates and events that happened throughout the whole scandal. Gives his opinion and supporting facts to the argument being presented. Provides good video evidence of the argument.

    4.) Does the article provide plenty of level-1 abstractions (examples) to support their argument? If so, please list at your favorites.

    Definitely. My favorite was the Terrelle Pryor one where he lied about his tattoo. I like this one because it proves how guilty Terrelle Pryor is and that he only did what he did for the money and didn't care about the consequences.

    5.) Does the article provide a detailed history of the problem so that the reader clearly understands who was involved, what happened, where it happened, when and why?

    Yes, there is a well constructed timeline of events at the beginning of the blog.

    6.) Is the significance of all videos and images clearly explained in the essay? If not, make note of some examples.

    Yes, I like that you provided a brief summary of each video to make them more clear.

    7.) Are their any claims in the essay that you are skeptical of? If so, why?

    I didn't see any claims that I saw that seemed skeptical, because I had a lot of the same information.

    8.) Are there points in the essay that you found to be particularly persuasive? If so, why?

    The point I found to be persuasive was the how the NCAA is hypocritical. There have been much worse things that other coaches have done and yet they haven't received as big a punishment as Jim Tressel. Because of the NCAA Tressel is likely to never coach again.

  2. I agree with what my partner said, because my arguments are very similar to what she described. What I thought the argument was, is Jim Tressel, the players, or the hypicritical NCAA to blame. It was nice having the same topic as your partner, because it helped out with the organizational aspect of the blog. Also, it really helps out with the arguments that we are trying to get over to the reader, because having different arguments makes for a vaster variety of blogs, which is good for the avid blog readers.

    I, also like my partner, have to work on citing my sources. I have still not really mastered this skill, and I definitely need to work on this. It is very important to cite your sources correctly, because even if you do the smallest little thing incorrecty, it can resolve in plagerism. Another thing that I need to work on is uploading my videos instead of having a link to it. I think this will make my blog more accessible, and it will be easier for the viewers. I also need help with organization, and uploading more pictures. Having a lot of images on your blog is very important, and it helps the views see what you are talking about.

    I really found my partners feedback helpful, because we both are doing the same topic, and she has a well developed blog. I think that if we can take things off each others blog, then we can have two blogs that would be appropriate for the viewers.

    In the end, my argument is should Tressel be the one to blame, or the players?