December 19, 2012 |
THE INDIANS called upon a proven recruiter to land free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was among a group who had lunch Tuesday at Progressive Field with Swisher, who is considering a multiyear contract offer from the Indians. Swisher would fill a hole in rightfield for Cleveland, which traded Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati last week and has been trying to improve a team that collapsed in August and finished 68-94. Swisher, 32, played his college ball at Ohio State.
October 27, 2012 |
Florida's Urban Meyer shook hands with Joe Paterno at the end of the 2011 Outback Bowl and left the field in Tampa for what was supposed to be his last game as a head football coach. Flash forward nearly 22 months to Saturday night, and Meyer will be greeting Paterno's successor, Bill O'Brien, before the kickoff of the game between his new team, Ohio State, and Penn State. The hiring of Meyer, winner of two national championships in his six seasons with the Gators, gave both the Buckeyes and the Big Ten Conference some star power to enhance their national profiles.
July 27, 2012 |
FOR THOSE WHO believe the NCAA's slap on the hand of Penn State has solved the college-football overreach problem, well, really, it is but a minuscule shaving of the glaze on the tip of the iceberg. Lamentations and rending of garments went up when the NCAA took away scholarships from the folks at Happy Valley. Wow, they are now down to 65 football scholarships — all worth as much as $42,000, which is out-of-state tuition, room and board. How many people play on a football team?
June 20, 2012 |
NICKLAS BENDTNER paid a heavy price for his underpants on Monday. The Denmark forward was banned for one 2014 World Cup qualifying match for revealing an unofficial sponsor's name on his underwear while celebrating a goal at the European Championship in Warsaw, Poland. UEFA said its disciplinary panel found Bendtner guilty of "improper conduct," and fined him $126,000. The punishment rules him out of the Danes' opening World Cup qualifier, at home to the Czech Republic on Sept.
February 3, 2012
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has found another college job. The University of Akron announced Thursday that Tressel has been hired for the newly created position of vice president for strategic engagement. Tressel will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year and begin his new job on May 1. University officials say he will work with alumni, community organizations, and friends of the school to develop strategies and efforts to help students succeed. Tressel, 59, was forced to resign in May amid a scandal at Ohio State.
January 27, 2012 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The tattoos that cover DeVier Posey's arms tell a story, but Posey feels it isn't just the one about the entitled big-time college athlete who ended up in the middle of a huge scandal. Posey, a wide receiver from Ohio State, is at the Senior Bowl trying to give NFL scouts the look they didn't really get during the 2011 season, when he was suspended for the first 10 games of his senior year - five games for trading memorabilia for tattoos, the NCAA violations that took down Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, and five games for accepting what the NCAA deemed excessive remuneration from a part-time job provided by a Cleveland-area booster.
January 26, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - To look at won-lost records for head coaches who replaced the legends of college football on the sideline, you would think that Bill O'Brien's task of succeeding Joe Paterno as Penn State's coach might not be as intimidating as it appears. But examine the entire picture - the six-decade tenure, the high graduation rates of players, the incredible philanthropy toward the university, the ability to raise thousands of dollars from alumni by just walking into a room, and the appeal to have members of the community consider you a favorite uncle or grandfather - and you wonder why O'Brien would even agree to take the job. Quite simply, Paterno was the face of the university, not only running a successful football program in which he won a record 409 games, but also projecting a grandfatherly aura over a campus that has expanded exponentially in his 61 years in Happy Valley.
January 21, 2012 |
Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg interviewed with the Raiders Friday for their head coach vacancy. Mornhinweg traveled to Oakland for the interview, but he left without being hired, according to various reports. That does not mean he isn't still in the running. The Raiders have interviewed several other candidates and are said to be interested in more. There had been speculation that Mornhinweg would be sought by the Colts to fill their head coach opening. But the Eagles had not received a request for permission to talk to the 49-year old as of Friday, according to the team.
December 21, 2011 |
Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about infractions and let it all happen. Now the Buckeyes and new coach Urban Meyer will pay for it next season. The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties Tuesday for violations that started with eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings, and other Buckeyes memorabilia. Tressel was tipped to the violations in April 2010 but didn't tell anyone - even after the athletes got caught last December but were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas if they served suspensions to start the 2011 season.
December 21, 2011
URBAN MEYER'S first Ohio State team won't be bowl-bound. The NCAA hit Ohio State with a 1-year bowl ban and other penalties yesterday for a scandal that involved eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia. Tipped to the violations, then-coach Jim Tressel failed to speak up. The university previously had offered to vacate the 2010 season, return bowl money, go on 2 years of NCAA probation and use five fewer football scholarships over the next 3 years.