Posted by Vico in Shenanigans |

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…


Written by: Vico | full bio

Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.


5 Responses to “RAFFLEGATE 1985”

  1. 1 Vico's Mom

    It is my fervent hope that the same team of crack investigative journalists swoop on down to Auburn and investigate how a college aid kid can change his decision of where to go to college and not know, nor discuss this decision with his Dad. But this is the SEC, in bed with ESPN, and somehow get a pass. Now that the Columbus Dispatch is done with Tressel, maybe they would like to send their reporters down south?

  2. 2 Striker66

    You’ve got to be kidding me. A raffle in the mid 1980s? The entire Auburn squad is on thd payroll of boosters and this is what that NCAA investigator said in an interview was an “8″ on a scale of 10 in terms of magnitude of offenses?

    Thank God Cam Newton did not get a tattoo or play at Ohio State. They would be fitting him for the execution chamber. Meanwhile, coach Spurrier just let his unconvicted felon of a QB back on the team, after his fifth sudpension, and a home-invading burglar was allowed to instantly transfer to play at Ole Miss (with the full blessings of the criminal enterprise that is the NCAA). Oh, but it’s about following the rules, to be sure. Bask in your glory everyone outside of Ohio. You got your revenge for that interference call agains Miami.

  3. 3 Steve

    Bringing up some raffle that happened ages ago makes the whole article look stupid and written by someone trying to build a case for something that isn’t true, that Tressel is a cheat. In as much as using convicts in prison as your main source for information.

  4. 4 Chris

    “…probably saved up money from mowing lawns to buy those raffle tickets.” Just how expensive were those raffle tickets?

  5. 5 Todd-not Boeckmann

    When I went to Pete Maravich’s basketball camps at California State College (PA) back in the day, we had a raffle too. All the kids got tickets. WE DIDN’T PAY FOR THEM! They were given to us as part of the week. We got extras for doing good things.l

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