I'm not really sure what to make of Ohio State's recent problems; I don't think selling memorabilia is that big of a deal, but to go and lie about it to the NCAA is pretty serious I guess. Was Tressel just holding back the info so his star players could help him win another B10 title?
Anyway, Mark Schlabach of ESPN wrote this article yesterday covering the whole situation, and its extremely critical of Tressel and Ohio State over how they handled everything. Normally I'd say its too harsh (considering what goes on in the SEC), but given the way the media treated RR and his 15 mins of stretching (plus the fact that this is Ohio State), I'm all for the Buckeyes' rep being tarnished on the national stage.
Who knows, this could help recruiting. Hopefully all those Ohio kids will no longer see Tressel as this saint who never does anything wrong, instead they will see him as a coach who will throw morals out the window to maintain winning. I really hope that he gets hit with the 'failure to promote compliance' tag, because that would surely lead to more sanctions.
I mean let's face it, the penalties handed out by Ohio State will have zero effect on anyone; $250,000 to a guy that earns over $3.5M a year is nothing, and missing games against Toledo and Akron is unlikely to cause a loss. At least if they raised it to three games he'd miss the trip to Miami (FL), which they would probably lose without him, Pyror & Co.