Tuesday, March 8, 2011


With Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel's recent suspension, the NCAA rules committee continues to prove that they are a joke.

Tuesday, the NCAA handed Tressel a two-game suspension for failing to notify the university that some of his players committed violations.

However, what good is this two-game suspension if Ohio State is only playing two tune-up games against Akron and Toledo?

If the NCAA really wanted to punish Tressel for his infractions, it should have suspended him for at least the same amount of games that Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes were suspended for.

In December, the NCAA handed a five-game suspension to those five players for selling school memorabilia in exchange for tattoos.

However, the NCAA got it wrong in suspending them for the first five games this season instead of the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas, a 31-26 win for Ohio State.

Suspending Tressel for Ohio State's first two conference games—Michigan State and Nebraska—would also serve as much stiffer punishment.

This has already happened in college basketball where Bruce Pearl and Jim Calhoun received suspensions for only conference games for violating rules.

Lastly, the NCAA could also have taken away scholarships and placing the school on probation for its second violation in three months.

Either of these would have been more severe than what is basically a slap on the wrist, but it is a shame that the NCAA cowered in making sure that this would not happen again.

In the meanwhile at least the NCAA acted swiftly as did, although looking further into the situation would have suited this better.

Well, look at the bright side Jim. At least your sweater vests

are still A-1.

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