Tressel gets six-game suspension from Colts

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On Saturday, we reported that the Colts had hired former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel without league approval, and that Commissioner Roger Goodell would take a hard look at whether, like former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, his entry to the NFL should be delayed.

And it will be delayed.

The Colts have announced that Tressel will begin working for the team in their seventh game, which means that Tressel will be suspended for six games.

“After the announcement of Coach Jim Tressel’s agreement to join the Colts as a game day consultant, questions were raised with respect to the equity of his appointment as opposed to suspensions being served this season by present and former Ohio State players,” Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said in a statement released by the team.

“Over the weekend Coach Tressel, Mr. Irsay, Coach Caldwell and I had a discussion of the issue,” Polian added.  “In addition, we had a conversation with league officials to apprise them of the details of Coach Tressel’s employment and the issues we were reviewing.”

In other words, Polian has conceded that the Colts hired Tressel without letting the league office know in advance.

“At Coach Tressel’s suggestion, and with Mr. Irsay’s concurrence and support, we have decided to begin Coach Tressel’s employment effective with our seventh regular season game,” Polian said. “We have informed the league office of our decision and expect that they will be supportive of it.”

It’s technically not a “suspension,” but in reality it is.  And the fact that Tressel got one more game than Pryor seems to suggest that the league and/or its teams view coaches who violate NCAA rules as being more culpable than players.

The Colts’ decision to impose the suspension on Tressel helps the league office avoid creating a crystal-clear impression that the NFL has now become an active participant in the enforcement of NCAA rules.  Still, the somewhat-less-than-crystal-clear impression remains — the NFL and its teams, in deference to the curators of the league’s free farm system, will erect barriers to the commencement of employment in order to encourage compliance with NCAA rules.

With that line now crossed, the question becomes when, and if, the NFL will take action against folks whose NFL employment already has begun.

We think it’s more a question of when than if.

75 responses to “Tressel gets six-game suspension from Colts

  1. This is like when we all were kids……….Pop would say……Go to your room….and a half hour later Mom woul dyell…….Dinners ready…..

  2. Tressel will be a terrible replay consultant because he’s used to looking away and ignoring it when he sees something that is wrong.

  3. Wow, what a horrible precedent the Colts are setting.

    TERRELL PRYOR WAS SUSPENDED 5 GMS FOR BREAKING THE ELIGIBILITY RULES OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT, NOT FOR WHAT HE DID AT OSU. WHY DOESNT ANYONE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT???????!!!!!

    The NFL didn’t even need to let him in the league.

    Can someone explain this?

  4. After reading this crap, I never thought that I’d think it let alone say it, but there has got to be a better sport to follow than the horrible theater that has become the NFL. It’s awful.

  5. At this point I don’t think anyone ca support what Goodell is doing.

    What kills me is the flagrant DISHONESTY. First Goodell LIES and tells us that Pryor is suspended for “circumventing the draft” while politely nodding to the NCAA.

    Now we get the nonsensical release from Bill Polian, where he states that this was all Tressell’s idea.

    Someone needs to put an end to this, and if the only means to that end is via an anti-trust lawsuit, so be it.

  6. College players should now become de-facto members of the NFLPA, with all its rights–including the right to strike.

    Let’s see how ADs and the NCAA treat players then…

    Down with the man!

  7. I think Goodell just spins a wheel for each disciplinary case he hears and it lands on a random punishment. I mean Tressel gets 6 games for something that happened in another institution yet Braylon gets a DUI while hes on probation and may get A game?

  8. no way they will retroactively punish coaches. how far back do you go? Reggie Bush, Vince Wilfork?
    there will be major pr issues. this is definitely a “from this point forward” statement

  9. Goodell is screwing up. I don’t have a problem with them punishing people who’s path to the NFL involved deceit and is solely the product of avoiding punishment from the NCAA, but in order to do this without the backlash from fans they need to have this documented in the NFL conduct policy or else it seems like deals being made under the table. First Pryor now Tressel. Part of the reason I don’t watch college football is because of all the dealings that go on behind closed doors without regard to the rule book. The draft and salary cap and adhere’s to the rule book are what give every NFL fan hope that their team can make it back relatively soon without a complete overhaul. Make sure that the people who police our NFL are doing the same.

  10. This is getting ridiculous. The NFL has no right to punish these guys a second time for something they did while they were not even associated with the NFL. Tressel was fired for him breaking the rules, punishment served. Pryor was banned from CFB, punishment served. Now the NFL is coming in a punishing them for violating those same rules that they don’t even have jurisdiction over. It would be like serving prison time for a crime in one state. Then when you move to another state, you have to serve the prison time again even though you didn’t violate any of that state’s laws and had already endured your punishment once. Goodell is out of control, someone needs to take him down.

  11. pardon my typo, b4 an idiot like flagstaffphotos jumps on it. i meant to write “…retroractively punish coaches or players.”

  12. Oh christ. He SUGGESTED the suspension? now all the idiots that have mancrushes on him will be even more annoying. Tressel is by far the biggest phony in sports. Mark my words: this year we will read a story about him leading the team prayer.

  13. Suspending a former college coach who lost a paying job when the new job is in the nfl makes no sense. I realize that the suspension is self imposed but what is the point ? The Sweater vest lost 4 million per year job. Isn’t that bad enough ?

  14. The idea that Jim Tressel is “suspended” for infractions at OSU is flipping stupid. If I get fired from one job because I got lit at the Christmas party and spent some time in the supply closet with the boss’s daughter, I don’t get suspended/docked pay or a reduced salary at my next gig because of what happened at the last one. (or to put it in terms for most of the readers here – just because you burned the fries at McDonalds doesn’t mean when you start at Burger King they’re going to with hold some pay or shifts due to that.)

    NOTHING should happen to Tressel, same as Bush or Carroll.

    Before someone starts crying about Pryor – he screwed up in trying to get into the NFL – his transgressions had to do with the league and his application. Carroll’s, Bush’s and JT’s had nothing to do with their time IN THE LEAGUE – a completely separate business than college football/NCAA.

  15. i give it 10 years til its the NFFL = National Flag Football League. GODell is the Al Davis of Commissioners.

  16. egls7 says:
    Then why didn’t Pete Carroll get suspended?

    Not that it matters, but Tressell was issued a five game suspension. Carroll was never issued a suspension or any other disciplinary action by the NCAA.

  17. azjohnny says: Sep 5, 2011 11:39 AM

    Pete Carroll was never found guilty of any wrong doing.

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    HAHAHahahahahahahahaHAHAHAahahahahhahahhahahahhahahahaha

    Dude, you’re hilarious.

  18. TERRELL PRYOR WAS SUSPENDED 5 GMS FOR BREAKING THE ELIGIBILITY RULES OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT, NOT FOR WHAT HE DID AT OSU. WHY DOESNT ANYONE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT???????!!!!!
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    Same reason people don’t understand that it was camera placement, not the filming of signals was the issue with spygate.

    NE fans welcome your angst.

  19. telergy says:Sep 5, 2011 11:27 AM

    Wow, what a horrible precedent the Colts are setting.

    TERRELL PRYOR WAS SUSPENDED 5 GMS FOR BREAKING THE ELIGIBILITY RULES OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT, NOT FOR WHAT HE DID AT OSU. WHY DOESNT ANYONE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT???????!!!!!

    The NFL didn’t even need to let him in the league.

    Can someone explain this?
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    First off calm down. Secondly don’t be naive. If Pryor was suspended solely for breaking the eligiblity rules (which I don’t even believe he did) then why did Goodell consult with the NCAA before suspending him 5 games (the exact number of games the NCAA would have suspended him)? Are you really that naive?

    Goodell set the precident don’t get upset when it applies to coaches too.

  20. @6thsense79:

    So you agree that Goodell was lying to everyone when he stated that Terrelle Pryor was suspendied for circumventing the regular NFL Draft, correct?

    Why do we believe anything Goodell ever says?

  21. Haha, if I’m Tressel I’m happy as hell. I’m already hired for a prestigious job and I get a 6 week vacation before it even starts. Way to go Vest!

  22. So, pending the outcome of the ” allegations ” against the ” Booster ” from the Miami Hurricanes in which he has stated that he gave hundred’s of thousand’s of $$ to players with the knowledge of some coach’s during the past 10 years!!, what will ( GOD )dell do then ? , fine the players, suspend them for a few games, or a season. How about take away their Sony play station and not let them have that Del Monte snack pack pudding cup after dinner. Now Devin go to your room ! NFL= Nanny Football League. Just a few of the names mentioned : Devin Hester, Jonathon Vilma, Vince Wilfork. Seventy -two former canes involved. Get em’ Roger get em’ sick em’ boy….grrrrr

  23. tommyf15 says:Sep 5, 2011 12:33 PM

    @6thsense79:

    So you agree that Goodell was lying to everyone when he stated that Terrelle Pryor was suspendied for circumventing the regular NFL Draft, correct?

    Why do we believe anything Goodell ever says?
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    No Goodell wasn’t lying because circumventing or undermining a rule is not the same as breaking a rule. The poster I was addressing before was ranting about Pryor breaking the eligibility rule which he did not.

    This is the same league that fought tooth and nail to protect its eligibility rule when Maurice Clarrett wanted to join the league after his freshman year in college. This is the same league that fought the two Williamses in court over the Starcaps PED case for 2 years…..when it comes to its rules the NFL doesn’t roll over for anyone….yet they did for Pryor. Really? Pryor didn’t break any eligibility rules and NFL new it. That’s why the commisioner stated Pryor was suspended for “decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft”…. Underminding a rule and breaking a rule are two different things.

  24. emoney12 says: Sep 5, 2011 11:25 AM

    Watch out Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush. You guys are next.
    ______________________________________

    I Wish the commish would suspend them both for all the crap they put usc through! i hate usc,but it’s only fair those two turds get punished for doing what they know was wrong!

  25. “At Coach Tressel’s suggestion, and with Mr. Irsay’s concurrence and support, we have decided to begin Coach Tressel’s employment effective with our seventh regular season game,”

    Can’t imagine it was all Tressel’s idea.

  26. pspring63 says:Sep 5, 2011 11:28 AM

    After reading this crap, I never thought that I’d think it let alone say it, but there has got to be a better sport to follow than the horrible theater that has become the NFL. It’s awful.

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    Putting a bit of energy into not following aren’t you?

  27. Hilarious!!! I love that the silly rules apply to old white guys & young men. Nice work, Goddell…I’ll smoke to that

  28. I want to see the NFL make it more difficult for players and coaches to set fire to their college programs then skip to the safety of the NFL without so much as a singed eyebrow. But Tressel lost a multi-million-dollar head-coaching job and was coming to the Colts more or less as a statistician. He was punished. This is overkill. Once again, Goodell is letting public pressure dictate his sense of morality. He’s predictable if nothing else.

  29. occamsrazor1 says:
    But you can torture animals and gamble on it and get zero game suspension?

    Vick served a suspension on top of missing two years. Get a clue.

  30. First off calm down. Secondly don’t be naive. If Pryor was suspended solely for breaking the eligiblity rules (which I don’t even believe he did) then why did Goodell consult with the NCAA before suspending him 5 games (the exact number of games the NCAA would have suspended him)? Are you really that naive?

    Goodell set the precident don’t get upset when it applies to coaches too.

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    He met with to confirm whether or not he was ineligible or eligible for the 2011 college football season. If he was deemed ineligible, then there would be no reason to suspend him because he would be in compliance with the NFL supplemental rules.

  31. Answer this question, if Pryor was ineligible for the 2011 college football season… would Pryor still be suspended for the first 5 games of the season? THE ANSWER IS NO.

  32. tommyf15 says: Vick served a suspension on top of missing two years. Get a clue.

    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    You can pretend Vick got a suspension but it doesn’t change the fact that he didn’t. Tressel was punished by getting fired and losing 4 million dollar job but that’s not good enough?

  33. So multi-millionaire Jim Tressel who practically owns the entire Youngstown State University campus is going to have his made up “job” with an NFL team delayed for 6 games which only effects how many people are in the coaches booth. I mean really, he’s going to be a “replay consultant.” What is he going to do go “yep, that was a football play” after every whistle? How is that different then what the TV commentators do on EVERY NFL telecast

    Can you explain why this is news again? He is the NFL equivalent of the pre school “helper of the day” who’s job is to sharpen the pencils and split the graham crackers.

  34. its ridiculous that you guys keep calling college football a free farm system. stop praising college ball so much. it is so corrupt and it doesn’t even come close to resembling a farm system.

  35. Well one things forsure. Jim has manned up and accepted his role. Actually 2 things are forsure. That first part and that Pete Carroll is a lying coward. Just ask the USC kids who are being punished for Pete and Reggie’s actions. As if he didn’t know what Reggie was up too and as if he didn’t know the sanctions were coming. I seriouslly hope karma is builiding Pete up only to tear him down hard. You will always have money pete and you will always be a giant douche. I just wish he would quit being so mum about it and admit he screwed over a bunch of kids. It’s not like Reggie or Pete commited murder, but they should acknowlege what was wrong with their actions.

  36. I’m not opposed to any of these suspensions. As you can tell by the name pryor’s now on my team. The reality is that neither carroll nor reggie will be punished because goodell just set the precedent. Moving forward, I don’t think we’re gonna see guys just up and leave college football by urinating on the institutions anymore. I agree with both suspensions, especially tressel having 1 more game than pryor. However, while I typically agree with goodell, the suspensions should have been 8 for pryor and 12 for tressel. I also thought new england should’ve had each of their own round 1-3 picks revoked from spygate.

  37. pftequalsgreatjournalism says:
    Sep 5, 2011 1:23 PM
    pspring63 says:Sep 5, 2011 11:28 AM

    After reading this crap, I never thought that I’d think it let alone say it, but there has got to be a better sport to follow than the horrible theater that has become the NFL. It’s awful.

    ——————————————-

    Putting a bit of energy into not following aren’t you?

    ———————————

    Energy? If you call taking a crap while reading PFT from my iPhone on the can energy expenditure then I suppose I am.

  38. @ jaydog76, I. Like having a disciplinarian as commishioner. Its actually refreshing that someone is at least attempting to curb the behavior of these spoiled, coddled, hiney still wiped for them, brats. Its a hell of a lot better than tagliabue not doing anything to guys like leonard little. 2 d.w.i.s (that we know about for sure). During one of these galavants he killed either someone or multiple someones. So, 2 d.w.i.s, death(s) on his hands and he got 4 games. And that was after the one where nobody got hurt. Goodell’s thought process is right, yet even he’s a bit too lienient.

  39. Given Goodell lives in a glass house, he needs to start being more careful with his stone throwing. Is he going to suspend Pete Carroll? And if getting fired under a cloud in college will get you a six game suspension once you get a job in the pros, why didn’t Belichick miss a whole bunch of games for Spygate which was a major rules violation in the league that Goodell actually runs?

  40. aboveaveragejoe11 says:Sep 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Pete Carroll, you’re on the clock.
    **********************************************
    Reggie Bush, you’re on the clock too.

    Well, the announcement of Jim Tressel’s “non-suspension” clears up one thing doesn’t it?

    The NFL is now the NCAA’s enforcement arm.

    Heck, why wait for the LSU, Miami and Ohio State players to graduate and attempt entry into the NFL? Just announce their suspensions now and be done with it.

    The NFLPA is strangely silent about all this. I can’t help but wonder how long that is going to last.

    The players association should man-up and stage a sit down strike for 5 minutes at the start of every season opening game to protest. Whats a little delay of game penalty anyway to help support your union?

  41. @ denverdude7

    The players are saying nothing because Pryor could have blown up the draft process.

    Also, he left school on his OWN terms, which is exactly NOT the point of the supplemental draft. The supplemental draft is for kids who flunk out or get suspended for a year, something they have no control over. The key term in the definition of the supplemental draft is “unforeseen circumstances.”

    The players could argue if he’s allowed in, under false pretenses, then why even have a draft? He didn’t declare for the April draft (which isn’t a coincidence) and I bet De Smith wasn’t happy about that.

    Also, let’s not diminish Drew Rosenhaus’s role in this. He steered Pryor to the supplemental draft knowing he’d be the best player in it and having a better chance to find a sucker (Oakland) to pay him WAY more than he’s worth. He’s nowhere near a 3rd round pick in the April draft.

    Also, Tressel didn’t resign to go the NFL (Pryor did). He’d be a terrible NFL coach. He could’ve just resigned at any time if he wanted to (2 or 3 years ago) and taken a gig.

    I just don’t see what Tressel did to get this. If anything, the Colts should be reprimanded for not running this hire past the league.

  42. PFT says:
    The Colts’ decision to impose the suspension on Tressel helps the league office avoid creating a crystal-clear impression that the NFL has now become an active participant in the enforcement of NCAA rules.
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    I don’t see that at all. If anything, the NFL has done the opposite. They are so concerned with protecting their minor league that they will enforce non-penalties (Tressel didn’t get a suspension, he got a delayed employment) for nebulous reasons… leaving fans to draw the obvious connection: the NFL is going beyond enforcing the NCAA punishments, they are taking proactive steps to protect the NCAA.

    If they didn’t want the connection to be drawn, they could have suspended Pryor for 2 games, or 3. There would have been less of a bright, clear line connecting the Commissioner’s office with the NCAA.

    As much as I hate the idea of players gaming the system in the NCAA, I think this is a terrible precedent.

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