NCAA Rule Changes

Ohio State establishes new NCAA guidelines

  To avoid any future “tattoo-gate” which endangered OSU’s standing with the NCAA, Ohio State revealed its new compliance plan today. The new plan addresses every issue that created problems for it in the past, according to Bleacher (

If you have been living under a rock the last several years or wish to refresh your memory of how OSU got into trouble please see the links below. I wrote extensively about the troubles at the time and in What now for Ohio State? (June 2, 2011; I outlined several steps I felt should be taken to remedy the situation. I am glad to see that most of the steps have been taken and hopefully Ohio State can become the example of how to come back after NCAA sanctions.

Ohio State got into trouble for the players selling their memorabilia and autographed jerseys and equipment. To address this problem, the players will be required to sign a statement saying they have not sold any of their bowl gifts or rings and the school may conduct random audits. Also, the items will be kept in storage and will be given to the players only after graduation.

New rules for charity events

The second round of violations occurred when several football players attended a fundraiser banquet in the Cleveland area where people paid $5,000 to be able to dine with the athletes. Now the new rules for charity requests include:

• Athletes can’t go to an event as a celebrity figure. They have to actively do something.

• Athletes can’t go to an event more than 30 miles from campus.

• For men’s basketball and football players, an OSU staff member has to go along to keep tabs on things.

• Charities have to get prior approval.

In addition, the new rules include areas addressing the social media, buying cars, giving out tickets, and educating players and boosters. Also, a compliance person in the football building itself has been added.

My score card on the OSU situation

On June 2, 2011 I suggested six steps I felt OSU should take to make itself a leader in rules reform. Below are the six steps and an evaluation of whether or not they have been taken:

  1. Resignation of Coach Tressel—this occurred in the very beginning of the investigation. He “resigned” under pressure.
  2. Lengthy investigation into the school, the athletic department, and the players involved—this was done by the school and the NCAA.
  3. The coach, school administrators, and players should acknowledge their part…and publicly apologize—the players and coach admitted their wrong-doing and apologized but I’m not sure the administration has. Some people are upset that AD Gene Smith is still on staff.
  4. Take all punishments and sanctions without whining—I am happy to say that the players and most of the fans have graciously accepted their punishment.
  5. Clean house…to rid the campus of guilty and unsavory characters. Start with a clean slate—Terrell Pryor and his entourage left campus under pressure. Also, with the new coach most of the old coaching staff is gone. The slate appears pretty clean.
  6. Institute and oversee stricter rules for all players in all sports. It is not a right but a privilege to wear the Ohio State uniform—looking at the new rules above it seems this has been done.

Congratulations to Ohio State and its fans for taking its punishment without complaining and taking positive steps to avoid such problems in the future.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, JIM TRESSEL? Published on March 11, 2011 by Sheila Dobbie in Current Events

Adios Jim Tressel Published on May 31, 2011 by Sheila Dobbie in Current Events

Good Bye and Good Riddance, TP Published on June 11, 2011 by Sheila Dobbie in Current Events

Football Offers Many Lessons Published on August 17, 2011 by Sheila Dobbie in Current Events

Pryor eligible for NFL supplemental draft, must sit first five games | The Columbus Dispatch

My Recommendations to NCAA Rule Changes

Below is a link to an article from the Columbus Dispatch by Tim May regarding Terrell Pryor’s eligibility for the NFL draft that just popped up on my afternoon email updates from the Columbus Dispatch.

Terrell Pryor’s antics while at Ohio State and announcement of NCAA’s investigation of the University of Miami prompted my blog yesterday titled Football Offers Many Lessons. After completing yesterday’s blog I have given the idea of renegade college sports more thought and I have a suggestion for the NCAA when they look at revising their rules. I propose that any player who blatantly breaks the rules and then departs the university to avoid punishment should be ruled ineligible for the NFL draft for one year.

By allowing TP and others like him to become eligible for the draft rewards them for their bad behavior. If TP is drafted (and I’m sure some team will probably pick him up) he can be raking in a hefty paycheck while his team mates and fans suffer through their punishment. These people are being rewarded for being bad boys. Even if he never plays a down this season he will still be making more than he would be while still at Ohio State.

I also propose that any coach who knowingly condones or encourages illegal behavior should also suffer a harsh punishment. As it is now, a coach can move on after his school is sanctioned.  Unfortunately, the coach leaves a school in shambles while he goes on to greener pastures with a fatter salary. According to my husband, who has been involved with football most of his life and formerly coached a semi-pro team, there are several coaches who are known for running dirty programs and when they are caught they just move on. Other coaches just don’t want to know about outside activities or keep their heads in the sand. These coaches must be made to sit out at least one season for every sanctioned program they leave. That is, if a coach caused three schools to be sanction then he must sit out three years before becoming eligible for another coaching job at any level—public school, university, or pros.

I am happy to see that if TP is drafted he must sit out five games which is, coincidentally, the same number of games he would have had to pass over if he were still with OSU. It is time to eliminate the gangsta’ atmosphere and bad boy hero worship that is pervading all levels of sports. Let me know what you think of my proposals and if you agree please help me get the word out.


PS—I have made a correction to Football Offers Many Lessons. It seems my grandson is growing faster than I thought. He is now 252 pounds of pure muscle. No wonder his dad says he lives in the pantry.

Pryor eligible for NFL supplemental draft, must sit first five games | The Columbus Dispatch.