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And Another Thing


Dodge that bullet

So when's the bouquet of flowers go out to Jim Tressel?

I ask this now that the NCAA is saying Ohio State will slip the noose on the worst of the infractions from Tattoogate -- the worst of the infractions being lack of institutional control.

Apparently Ohio State gets a pass on that because the Vest so egregiously violated procedures that mandated he report any infractions to his athletic department -- he not only didn't do that, he lied about it months later -- that he inadvertently let the school itself off that particular hook. After all, how can there be a lack of institutional control if the institution itself has been misled?

This will no doubt come as small comfort to all those schools who (not being an Ohio State) likely tried to make the same argument, only to hear the NCAA say it was having none of it. On the other hand, it likely will come as no surprise to close observers of the NCAA, who'll recognize in this ruling the same double standard they've seen before when the school in the NCAA's gunsights didn't have the portfolio of an Ohio State.

Ben Smith's blog.