With Ohio State Football coach Jim Tressel freshly accused by the NCAA of lying to investigators and may be in a heap of trouble. So, let’s take a look and see how he compares to the worst NCAA scandals to rock the world of college sports!
First of all, what did the Ohio State coach allegedly do? Well, upon finding out that five of the school’s football players had sold memorabilia for cash in violation of policy, the NCAA began investigating why Tressel hadn’t reported it sooner.
Now, following an extensive investigation into the scandal, NCAA officials have accused Tressel of lying for months in order to keep his starting players active for the 2011 season. Had he mentioned something, his influential starters including QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Dan Herron, WR DeVier Posey, DE Solomon Thomas, and OL Mike Adams may have missed up to five games in 2011. But that’s nothing compared to what some other teams have done despite NCAA rules. Here are three NCAA scandals that forever changed the world of college sports!
Reggie Bush and USC
Bribing players to attend their schools is no new game for some universities, but Reggie Bush was the only player in history that had to forfeit his Heisman Trophy for his involvement. USC allegedly paid Bush’s parents hundreds of thousands in cash as well as paying for a year’s worth of rent for a Malibu house as an incentive to send their son to the school. How did they think they wouldn’t get caught?
This scandal went all the way up to the school’s president. Dean Robert Wickenheiser landed in hot water with investigators after clearing a promising new recruit to play for the Bonnies based solely on the fact that he had a welding certificate! To make things worse, William Swan, the chairman of the school’s board, later committed suicide out of guilt from not preventing the scheme.
Southern Methodist University Football
Far and away the worst offender was SMU’s football program in the late 1980s. After being investigated for several blatant recruiting violations, the NCAA brought the hammer down on the school after discovering the presence of a “slush fund” which the school used to secretly pay players participating in the program. As a punishment, SMU became the only football recipient of the NCAA’s “death penalty” which prohibited the school from participating in sports for a complete year. Needless to say, all of their recruits left the team and SMU never quite recovered.
I cant believe they actually tried that! What do you think of these NCAA scandals? How do you think things will turn out for Ohio State coach Jim Tressel? Check out the video of one more scandalous coach who took things into his own hands at one football game. Then, give me your thoughts in the comment section!