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 Report.com. (http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d8BBl?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ohio-state-football)
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; http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/2011/06/02/what-now-for-ohio-state/) 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:
- Resignation of Coach Tressel—this occurred in the very beginning of the investigation. He “resigned” under pressure.
- Lengthy investigation into the school, the athletic department, and the players involved—this was done by the school and the NCAA.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 http://dobbie.icrewdigital.com/2011/03/11/what-have-you-done-jim-tressel/?doing_wp_cron=1349379342.9226739406585693359375