After hours of speculation and boundless conjecture, Sports Illustrated has lifted the embargo on the much-discussed report penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Dohrmann. With the curtain now lifted, we receive a report that the Ohio State “memorabilia for tattoos” incident that has been well-documented stretches back to 2002 and has involved at least 28 players.
Ohio State’s head football coach Jim Tressel submitted his resignation early Monday morning ahead of the Dohrmann “special” report which discusses an entire history of issues surrounding the various programs led by the now-former play-caller.
It was earlier this week that former Ohio State wide receiver, return specialist, and all-around failure Ray Small went public with a dissertation that painted all Buckeye football brethren with a scarlet letter – pun fully intended. In the wake of said interview, several former Buckeye football players have come out in defense of the program.
It was also reported earlier this morning that quarterback Terrelle Pryor is under further investigation surrounding his use of “loaned” automobiles. This spring, Pryor had been alleged owner of three separate automobiles after being pulled over by police in three separate instances. Just this evening, This very evening, Pryor arrived at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a Nissan 350z with tinted windows and temporary tags. Quarterback of the future Braxton Miller was dropped off by someone driving a minivan. Seriously.
Our pals at Eleven Warriors have already questioned the future of Pryor, stating that not only are his playing days in Columbus over, but that there “could be much more” in store for the tattoo and car aficionado. For what it is worth, Pryor could still find his way into the NFL if he is in fact deemed ineligible. The issue at hand, of course, is the current non-existence of all things offseason within the NFL.
Specific to the SI piece, Dohrmann states that Tressel may have been involved in rule-breaking (raffle-rigging in the 1980s) when he was an assistant coach with the program and that – in addition to tattoos – other players exchanged memorabilia for marijuana. It also – as the cover suggests – went the whole “he’s not who you thought he was” route:
For more than a decade, Ohioans have viewed Tressel as a pillar of rectitude, and have disregarded or made excuses for the allegations and scandal that have quietly followed him throughout his career. His integrity was one of the great myths of college football. Like a disgraced politician who preaches probity but is caught in lies, the Senator was not the person he purported to be.
Naturally, we will have much more on this in the coming days. For now, we will let you all have the stage with regard to said “pillar of rectitude.” Take it away, WFNY faithful.