Posts Tagged ‘Ohio State Buckeyes’


Pryor has ended his career as a Buckeye according to multiple reports and confirmed by the university on Tuesday.  With Pryor’s exit, Ohio State must find a QB to fill the gap.  The question is who: will it be the youngster Braxton Miller? Or will it be the grizzled back up Joe Bauserman?

If Tressel was still the coach, I would be putting money on Bauserman, but under new head coach Luke Fickell, I am not so sure.  Bauserman would be the safe bet here, and serving as Pryor’s back up for the past three seasons, he would be ready for his chance.  However, Miller would be a true changing of the guard in Columbus.

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March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.

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According to multiple news platforms Jim Tressel knew players were selling gear up to 8 months prior to the NCAA investigation.  This is another major scandal to happen for the Buckeyes and could leave a major cloud over spring practices set to open up soon.

Arch Rival Michigan knows what these distractions can do to a team if they are left to linger.  Rich Rodriguez had a NCAA investigation of his own that distracted his team and led to three disapointing seasons in Ann Arbor.  If answers aren’t provided by both Jim Tressel and Ohio State soon this could get ugly.

Expect a press conference by Thursday to address these allegations.  Tressel will likely deny all charges, and the NCAA will likely open a formal investigation into the matter.  The good news…the Buckeyes have been great at eliminating distractions under Tressel during his tenure as head coach.

If the charges are deemed true, the NCAA could hand down a severe penalty.  I could see a situation unfolding that bans them from postseason play for two years and also a loss of scholarships.  The NCAA has been starting to really crackdown on rule breakers..even opening investigations into several SEC schools in addition to probation for Michigan and USC.

This is certainly a black eye for Ohio State and Jim Tressel, it will be interesting to see if any distractions are present for the number one ranked basketball team during the Big Ten tournament as well as the National tournament later this month.  While this has a lot to do with Tressel, the entire athletic department will be under heavy scrutiny in coming weeks and months.

More to come when official statements are released by Tressel and Ohio State.