I think this is definitely a case of the cover-up being worse than the crime. The players are suspended 5 games for their part in Tat-gate. I have some difficulty with people not being allowed to sell/trade things they own, but it is an obvious area where trouble can occur - "Here's $10,000 for that old sock..." But these are college kids, surrounded by people who want a piece of them and basking in their admiration.
Tressel is an adult with decades of coaching experience. He apparently lied to his boss, his bosses boss and the NCAA when the investigation finally came to light in December (8 months after he knew about it). His press conference statement seemed to have been co-written by Charlie Sheen.
When I first heard about this, I thought it was something that would not have a major implication on Tressel or OSU's future. But it has become apparent that is not the case.
- I think he will be lucky if he keeps his job. Of the coaches hit with bylaw 10.1 violations, only one kept their job.
- If Tressel isn't fired, his suspension should certainly be as long or more appropriately longer that the players involved.
- I don't see how OSU doesn't have to vacate wins from last season. (it likely wouldn't be forfeits, what does that do to my database?)
- They will be hit with probation, likely including a bowl ban - this would also keep them out of the first B1G championship game.