Any Ohio State apologists out there? Anyone? Bueller? Yeah, didn’t think so. Looks like things may be getting even worse for the Buckeyes football program after two former players have come out in the past week to affirm the sketchyness we’ve been hearing about.
First is fellow blogger Mark Titus. Mark was a walk-on for the OSU basketball team, and used the spare time on the end of the bench to create a fairly successful blog based on his experiences. He also brought us rainmaker. Mark essentially writes that he has no facts that would damn the football program, but he saw a lot of sketchy stuff go down on that side of campus.
In his own words:
And in crossing paths with them so frequently, I can offer this analysis: While I don’t really know anything about the whole tattoo ordeal, I’m almost certain that there was something shady going on with the car dealer. In fact, as the news of the free tattoos and sold merchandise or whatever came out, I kept telling my family how funny it was that they were getting busted for tattoos and gold pants when I was pretty sure they had been getting serious discounts on cars for years. Again, I have no “inside information” and really only know what the general public knows. But it doesn’t exactly take top notch detective skills to figure this one out. Anyone who spent any time on Ohio State’s campus while I was there could tell you that there were an unusually high volume of brand new Dodge Chargers driving around on campus, and just about all of them had tinted windows and rims on the outside with Ohio State football players behind the wheel on the inside.
You can read his full entry here. While Titus hedges away from accusing anyone of anything (continually repeating that he doesn’t really know anything for sure,) it makes for an interesting read to hear the perspective of someone close to the program.
But maybe Mark is just a jealous basketball walk on, disappointed that his team never got the adoration for losing in championship games to SEC schools like the football team did. Fair enough, though I don’t really think that’s the case, lucky for us there is a former football player who wants to join in the fun.
Former Ohio State football player Ray Small came clean to The Lantern – the OSU student paper – all about selling memorabilia and the feeling of invincibility around the program.
In his own words:
Small told The Lantern on Wednesday he profited off of memorabilia while at Ohio State, adding that some student-athletes “don’t even think about (NCAA) rules.”
“I had sold my things but it was just for the money,” Small said. “At that time in college, you’re kind of struggling.”
Small, who played receiver at OSU from 2006-2010, capitalized on the Buckeyes’ success during his college career.
“We had four Big Ten rings,” he said. “There was enough to go around.”
Or you can read the full article here.
There’s no way Tressel survives this, is there?