George Dohrmann’s much anticipated Sports Illustrated hit piece went online. You can read it for yourself. There are important things in here Ohio State will have to address, namely the additional names cited by Dohrmann as well as — surprise surprise — Rob Rose joining his Glenville buddy in alleging widespread malfeasance.
In the meantime, Dohrmann let forward a true bombshell that will no doubt tarnish Tressel’s legacy in perpetuity.
The Clarett and Baker scandals were further evidence that Tressel was, at best, woefully ignorant of questionable behavior by his players and not aggressive enough in preventing it. At worst, he was a conduit for improper benefits, as Clarett alleged. The latter interpretation is suggested by a story that has long circulated among college coaches and was confirmed to SI by a former colleague of Tressel’s from Earle Bruce’s staff at Ohio State in the mid-1980s. One of Tressel’s duties then was to organize and run the Buckeyes’ summer camp. Most of the young players who attended it would never play college football, but a few were top prospects whom Ohio State was recruiting. At the end of camp, attendees bought tickets to a raffle with prizes such as cleats and a jersey. According to his fellow assistant, Tressel rigged the raffle so that the elite prospects won — a potential violation of NCAA rules. Says the former colleague, who asked not to be identified because he still has ties to the Ohio State community, “In the morning he would read the Bible with another coach. Then, in the afternoon, he would go out and cheat kids who had probably saved up money from mowing lawns to buy those raffle tickets. That’s Jim Tressel.”
Have you no respect for the sanctity of the raffle, Coach Tressel?
More later, maybe…