Liars Club

No, I’m not going to bash Bruce Pearl again. His players’ performance this season did too good of a job for me to pile on.

However, it looks like the Fred Rogers look-alike of the coaching world, Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, may be in a pickle for doing the same thing as our basketball leader did – lying to cover up infractions.

Remember late last year when we learned that some of the Buckeye players were found to have traded memorabilia for tatoos? That was in December 2010, when OSU AD Gene Smith indicated that he had just been made aware of the scheme.

You can think what you want about the players involved.

But, Yahoo! pulled a Pearl (sorry!) out from under Tressel’s tongue. They reported Monday that Tressel knew about these escapades in April. That’s eight months before OSU was informed by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

At present, this is apparently a “single-source story” meaning it has not been corroborated by another reputable, independent source or not supplemented with indisputable facts. Doubts notwithstanding, it was enough for his university to suspend him for the first two games of the upcoming season and fine him $250,000.

However, if true, it is another example of the cover-up being far worse than the infraction.

And, it makes you wonder how many members there are in the coaches’ Liars Club.

Surely there are many more than Dumb and Dumber.

As long as the stakes of the college game are as high as they are today, the Club will likely thrive for a very long time.

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One response to “Liars Club”

  1. rockytop78 says :

    I was listening to The Sports Animal here in Knoxville this morning, and a caller said that he was a truck driver who regularly drove into Ohio; and he said that what he heard — not on the talk radio or in the media up there, but from other sources — about the whole mess with the OSU football players was that the tattoo parlor under investigation was also a place that was involved in drug trafficking; and, SUPPOSEDLY, that the OSU players were trading their memorabilia not for tattoos, but for marijuana, for both personal consumption and resale.

    Now this could just be exaggeration, or perhaps schadenfreude (I love that word!), or a case of “misery loves company”; so take it for what it’s worth. But if true, it gives one pause. To paraphrase Tennessee’s own Howard Baker, “What did Tressel know, and when did he know it?”

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