“We don’t want those kinds of cost-benefit analyses going on.”

Dennis Dodd drops a couple of new Tatgate items on us.

First, “Ohio State officials were aware Jim Tressel had forwarded sensitive emails to quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s mentor in Jeanette, Pa. during an initial March 8 press conference, a source close to the situation told CBSSports.com on Thursday.”

Second,

… CBSSports.com learned that Ohio State did not lobby for the six suspended players to play in the Sugar Bowl before beginning their suspensions in 2011 beyond a simple “request” to the NCAA. The student-athlete reinstatement principle that allowed those players to participate against Arkansas has its roots in an obscure 7-year-old guideline approved by the Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet in 2004.

“We just self-reported and made the request,” the source said.

The “obscure guideline” has been summarized by the NCAA as follows:

… This policy was developed and implemented by the Division I membership, specifically the Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement and approved by the Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet, in 2004. It allows for suspending a reinstatement condition in specific instances involving NCAA championships or bowl games.  It recognizes the unique opportunity these events provide at the end of a season, and they are evaluated differently from a withholding perspective for student-athlete reinstatement. In the Ohio State situation, the facts are consistent with the established policy.

We now see Greg McGarity’s mistake with regard to the Green suspension.  Georgia would have been better served stalling the NCAA’s investigation until season’s end, when Green’s fate could have been determined through the filter of postseason play.  That’s some incentive to cooperate.

I’d get angrier about this, except that it’s what we’ve come to expect.

Which is why, once again, Mark Emmert proves his cluelessness every time he opens his mouth.  The NCAA’s biggest problem isn’t a threat to integrity.  It’s that we’re losing our sense of shock.

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15 responses to ““We don’t want those kinds of cost-benefit analyses going on.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    The simple self reporting and request isn’t the point. The cover up is the point. Congratulating OSU for ‘not lobbying’ is baloney. I’m not a big conspiracy guy, but this could easily be the product of some clever planning by a compliance officer and lawyers.

  2. ScoutDawg

    I feel violated.

  3. Paul

    Wasn’t there an article not too long ago, by someone in a position kind of like NCAA ombudsman, that said the new competitive advantage in NCAA athletics was going to be the schools that can afford to pay for large compliance departments? I’ll chalk tOSU knowing about the post-season loophole to this coming to pass…not that it should be any surprise.

  4. TennesseeDawg

    The longer you can stall, coverup, misdirect and play dumb about the rules, the better when dealing with the NCAA

  5. Otto

    Tennessee, It all depends on the school, Oklahoma gets wins vacated for Bomar, Ohio St has Troy Smith suspended for a few games and plays for a BCS title.

    My fear is that the SEC with its recent success will get the hammer dropped soon and I hope the depths are not as bad as what happened to the SWC. The NCAA is snooping around Auburn, LSU, and UT. Bama was making headlines for giving away text books.

    • TennesseeDawg

      I doubt any program every gets nailed like SWC did anymore. Way too much money involved and the NCAA doesn’t have the balls anymore

  6. Sounds like “The end JUSTIFIED the means”. At least the initial end of reaching a big bowl plus the money, if not the chance OSU could have gotten away with it and the issue swept under the rug or forgotten altogether.

    • Comin' Down The Track

      For real.
      Vacate the regular season and bowl wins? Meh. We already spent the money.

  7. So I feel like it’s a matter of time only until the NCAA starts some how compensating its athletes more than it already does. NCAA exploring compensating players: http://t.co/XburvHW

  8. Macallanlover

    If Emmert is this incompetent/inept during his first year on the job when his enthusiasm level should be at his highest, how pliable will he be when he has been schmoozed for several years by the presidents and commissioners? This guy was the best someone could find?

    We should all be very concerned about the viability of the NCAA as a ruling body much longer. They were a national laughingstock already, now they have really stepped their game down to a new low level. Not that we should mourn the loss of such a sorry organization, but better the devil you know sometimes. Somebody throw these boys a lifeline.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      You are too kind to both Emmert and the NCAA, Mac. He was picked expressly because he would play ball the same as Slive. They’re both crooked and the NCAA and the SEC are both crooked.

  9. Dog in Fla

    While Gene is grateful for tTatgate, tA&M and LSU today, he nonetheless realizes that some outside the arena are having a squirmish* with he who is inside the Jordon-Hare arena about the image of Auburn,

    Exhibit “A”: Gene Before

    http://www.lostlettermen.com/wp-content/uploads/ept_sports_ncaaf_experts-285166747-1295879572.jpeg

    Exhibit “B”: Gene Now

    http://simg.sportsbybrooks.com/0/b/0b466e6c57122fb84434ca3e1ea58b95_genechizik.jpg

    Gene knows his image can’t change so he makes the command decision to require Trooper to wear a Cavalry hat next season.

    Exhibit “C”:

    http://www.army.mil/-news/2011/04/01/54202-stetson-hat-to-be-new-army-standard-headgear/index.html?ref=home-headline-link0

    http://www.cnas.org/blogs/abumuqawama/2011/04/greatest-us-army-jokes-ever.html

    *(h/t Sarah)http://wonkette.com/441676/sarah-palin-is-libya-a-war-or-is-it-a-squirmish

  10. Normaltown Mike

    Emmert may end up being for the NCAA what Franklin Raines was for Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac.

    “Nothing to see here” works to a point when times are good.

    But w/ each scandal a new fan base gets a bit more outraged. Eventually, politicians will decide they have to step in to “save” the sport. This is especially true in light of the popularity of NCAA sports in sparsely populated areas that have a disproportionate amount of power in the US Senate.