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Trouble for Tress? (Ohio State Football Shenanigans)
610 WTVN Radio Columbus ^ | 7 March 2011 | WTVN Sports Department

Posted on 03/07/2011 7:45:55 PM PST by buccaneer81

Trouble for Tress?

Yahoo Sports! article claims Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel knew Terrelle Pryor and others had sold merchandise months before the school was made aware of it By WTVN Sports Department Monday, March 7, 2011 A Yahoo! sports report, (link below) posted Monday night, claims that Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel knew of Terrelle Pryor and other players selling gear and awards last April---more than eight months before OSU director of Athletics Gene Smith said the school knew of it.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ys-osuprobe030711

The Yahoo! story, authored by Dan Wetzel and Charles Robinson, reports that an anonymous source, says Tressel was told in April of 2010 that some players, including Terrelle Pryor, were selling items to Edward Rife, who owns a Columbus tattoo parlor.

According to that Yahoo! source, Tressel said he would notify Ohio State officials and encourage an investigation. But during the December 23 press conference, when the University announced an NCAA suspension for Pryor and five other players, Director of Athletics Gene Smith said his department was not made aware of the situation until earlier that month.

The Yahoo! story indicates that Tressel could face major NCAA violations if he is found to have known about violations but did not report them. It also potentially could mean the 2010 season would have to be vacated.

Ohio State officials are aware of the report, but have not commented.

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KEYWORDS: ncaa; ohiostate; tressel; violations
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Although I live in Columbus, I am not an OSU fan. The university harms this city as much as it contributes, and the leadership, from president Gordon Gee to the trustees to AD Gene Smith is at best, sadly lacking, at worst...well, you get the idea.

Tressel has a history of recruiting known thugs. It may come back to bite him this time.

1 posted on 03/07/2011 7:46:03 PM PST by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

Terrelle Pryor should be fined just for using a girls’ spelling in his name.


2 posted on 03/07/2011 7:49:59 PM PST by rfp1234 (Le Parti du The'. Ne marchez pas sur moi!)
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To: rfp1234

He’s also the most overrated QB in the Top 25.


3 posted on 03/07/2011 7:52:35 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Call me a cynic. Nothing will be made out of this. This is Ohio State after all.


4 posted on 03/07/2011 7:57:17 PM PST by SaveTheChief
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ohio State ping.


5 posted on 03/07/2011 7:58:46 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: SaveTheChief
Call me a cynic. Nothing will be made out of this. This is Ohio State after all.

I agree with you.

6 posted on 03/07/2011 7:59:57 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Typical yahoo Load of Shit


7 posted on 03/07/2011 8:10:47 PM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: buccaneer81

I give WTVN a lot of credit for running the story. Channel 4, too. Not a peep, however, at the Dispatch web site.


8 posted on 03/07/2011 8:20:03 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Could this cost Jim Tressel his job at Ohio State?


9 posted on 03/07/2011 8:23:03 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88
Could this cost Jim Tressel his job at Ohio State?

Highly unlikely. Tressel is worshiped here, and Ohio State almost always gets its way, no matter how it affects anyone or anything else.

10 posted on 03/07/2011 8:28:28 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

College sports are a big business. The NCAA loves hussein. Yup - thugs, more thugs and rapists in college ball.


11 posted on 03/07/2011 8:35:13 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: buccaneer81

Bull Crap! Ohio State harms as much as it contributes??? You must be on something....name any other Ohio team that is a consistent winner and source of huge revenue and pride. The Indians???LOL The Browns...even worse. The Bungles? Tressel is a man of pure class...what “thugs” has he recruited??/ and don’t say Clarett...that was Cooper.


12 posted on 03/07/2011 8:38:24 PM PST by Bekki4Bush (looking for sensible leaders)
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To: Bekki4Bush
Tressel is a man of pure class...what “thugs” has he recruited??/ and don’t say Clarett...that was Cooper.

Recent recruit Chris (The Fondler) Carter says hello. (Tressel probably recruited him because he has such good hands . . .)

13 posted on 03/07/2011 8:46:25 PM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Bekki4Bush
Do you live in Columbus? OSU has done great harm to the city. Waaaay too much influence, straight into the Mayor's office and city council; don't even get me started on how they manipulate business.

Revenue? Yes, businesses ride their coat tails, but OSU football's $100 million in annual revenue is kept on campus, while our taxes that support said campus go up every year, as does tuition.

Ask Columbus police and Fire about the "contributions" of OSU students, especially on weekends.

As for recruiting thugs, I give you Christopher Carter, Louis Irizzary, Ira Guilford, Santonio Holmes among others. And Clarett IS Tressel's baby, as Tressel became coach in January, 2001 and Clarett signed in February, 2002.

14 posted on 03/07/2011 9:01:06 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997
Typical yahoo Load of Shit

Yeah, I guess it doesn't matter that Yahoo broke the Reggie Bush/USC story in 2006, does it? After all, OSU football is sacred and untouchable... /s

Yahoo Reggie Bush Exclusive

15 posted on 03/07/2011 11:12:15 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Too bad the coach couldn’t get his players to sell his goofy wardrobe of white shirts and vests.


16 posted on 03/07/2011 11:16:55 PM PST by dupree
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To: buccaneer81

The NCAA is a joke.


17 posted on 03/08/2011 3:55:25 AM PST by DeaconRed (I deny the allegations and resent the alligator)
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To: buccaneer81
I have to disagree. If the NCAA does come down hard with sanctions, Ohio State--who wants to avoid the same fiasco that befell USC--would probably not hesitate to dump Jim Tressel "for the good of the university," especially if the NCAA specifically cites "lack of institutional control."

Indeed, this is why I think Bruce Pearl may be gone as Tennessee men's basketball coach after the current season ends.

18 posted on 03/08/2011 5:28:45 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: buccaneer81
Although I live in Columbus, I am not an OSU fan. The university harms this city as much as it contributes, and the leadership, from president Gordon Gee to the trustees to AD Gene Smith is at best, sadly lacking, at worst...well, you get the idea.

Tressel has a history of recruiting known thugs. It may come back to bite him this time.

LOL. Sure I'm a little biased but this is nonsense.

P.S. Ohio State, including the Ohio State Medical Center, is one of the biggest employers in Columbus and is one of the biggest research institutions in the world.

19 posted on 03/08/2011 6:09:57 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

Worrying about kids selling memorabilia in exchange for tattoos warrants serious consequences like suspension for almost half a season, but shopping yourself around in the SEC to the highest bidder through a family intermediary nets you a one day suspension (Scam Newton).

If you want the real dirt, investigate the SEC...


20 posted on 03/08/2011 7:13:50 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: buccaneer81

http://www.osu.edu/connect/
Ohio State is one of the top job generators in the state through its industry and research partnerships. In southern Ohio, Ohio State’s Endeavor Center has guided new business growth, resulting in $50 million in economic impact. Ohio State Medical Center’s $1 billion expansion will create 5,000 construction jobs. And a College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences initiative has been helping small businesses thrive in communities across Ohio.

The money is NOT all on campus.
Yes I am an Ohioan and OSU alum. You are obviously one of those people who look for the bad in everything and see nothing good. How sad for you. You can name every football player who has done wrong, and you won’t come close to the numbers who have gone on to become doctors, teachers, coaches, firemen, police officers, businessmen and leaders in their communities. I can recommend some reading if you are interested, but the information would ruin your cynical views.


21 posted on 03/08/2011 10:03:22 AM PST by Bekki4Bush (looking for sensible leaders)
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To: buccaneer81
As for recruiting thugs, I give you Christopher Carter, Louis Irizzary, Ira Guilford, Santonio Holmes among others

Art Schlichter?

22 posted on 03/08/2011 10:06:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Art Schlichter?Yeah, but she wanted examples of thugs recruited by Tressel.

Art should have never been let out of prison the last time, and he is a perfect example of how all you have to say in Columbus is "Go Bucks!" and you get away with almost anything. The infiltration of the football program into the fabric of Columbus and Central Ohio, has IMO, been more detrimental than beneficial. It's a city of 800,000 dominated by an obsession for a football factory. No wonder outsiders think it's a cowtown.

23 posted on 03/08/2011 11:51:24 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Loyal Buckeye
P.S. Ohio State, including the Ohio State Medical Center, is one of the biggest employers in Columbus and is one of the biggest research institutions in the world.

You think I don't know that? It doesn't mean they haven't done a great deal of harm to the rest of the area. They truly are the tail that wags the dog in Columbus.

24 posted on 03/08/2011 11:54:29 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Bekki4Bush
Regurgitating press releases from Gordon Gee's office is a waste of time.

You're an Ohioan, but do you (or did you) live in the Columbus area? ( I mean as an adult taxpayer, not just as a student.) Because people who are from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, etc don't get it and they never will.

25 posted on 03/08/2011 11:59:31 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: RayChuang88
Indeed, this is why I think Bruce Pearl may be gone as Tennessee men's basketball coach after the current season ends.

Going 8-8 in the SEC won't help.

26 posted on 03/08/2011 12:19:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: buccaneer81
Do you live in Columbus? OSU has done great harm to the city. Waaaay too much influence, straight into the Mayor's office and city council; don't even get me started on how they manipulate business.

Revenue? Yes, businesses ride their coat tails, but OSU football's $100 million in annual revenue is kept on campus, while our taxes that support said campus go up every year, as does tuition.

Ohio State generates more income producing activities than virtually any other entity in the Columbus area. OSU is a generator, not a drain.

27 posted on 03/08/2011 12:27:02 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Loyal Buckeye

They have waaay too much influence in this town. Yeah, they spin off some cash into the area, big cash, but is it worth the price? Downtown Columbus development is targeted by OSU so it can protect its turf. They try to stifle progress in the rest of the community if they feel it poses a “threat.” Google, “OSU-Nationwide-Dimon McFerson-John McConnell-Greg Lashutka-NHL” and you’ll get the picture.


28 posted on 03/08/2011 12:35:55 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
They truly are the tail that wags the dog in Columbus.

Interesting image. If OSU is the tail, what is the dog? Polaris (shop 'til you drop)? Easton Town Center (more shopping)? The late City Center (used-to-be shopping)? COSI (bring big bucks)? Columbus Museum of Art (please)? Franklin Park Conservatory (bring a knife or a gun)? There aren't world-class attractions, you know.

Columbus is a three-note town. University. Government. Lawyers. That's. About. It. No mountains. No ocean (no, not the Scioto River). World's lousiest weather, except for maybe Cleveland.

29 posted on 03/08/2011 12:47:10 PM PST by chimera
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To: chimera

The dog is the Mayor’s office, Columbus City Council, the media, various school districts in Central Ohio, MORPC, and a myriad of others.


30 posted on 03/08/2011 1:36:50 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

OK, I see where you’re going with this. Can’t argue about those things. I’d throw in the police dept. as well.


31 posted on 03/08/2011 1:46:47 PM PST by chimera
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To: chimera

“World’s lousiest weather, except for maybe Cleveland.”

Columbus: 6 feet of snow with an inch and a half of ice on top!

GO BUCKS!!


32 posted on 03/08/2011 2:02:07 PM PST by Mashood
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To: chimera
And there's blame to be placed with the "Titans" as they're called. Wexner is the 800 pound poofter in the room. He's the reason Gee is back here (to do Wexner's bidding.) The Wolfe family is another enabler.

Let's face it, if you aspire to be a big shot in the civic and/or commercial aspects of Central Ohio but have no ties to OSU, you're in a big hole that you have to climb out of. No other university in a city of comparable size to Columbus has that kind of pull, not Harvard, not Stanford, not Pitt, not UC or Xavier.

Also, look at the pathetic attempts at local businesses, small and large, to identify with OSU. The one that really fascinates me is Rick Rosati, of Rosati Windows on TV stressing that he's an OSU alum. Who cares? Well, sadly, enough apparently that he believes it affects his bottom line.

33 posted on 03/08/2011 2:04:56 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

When Big Bear was in business, they tried to hitch their wagon to John Cooper’s star, IIRC. Lot of good that did them.


34 posted on 03/08/2011 2:14:40 PM PST by chimera
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To: chimera
Kroger has done the same with Tressel. Archie Griffin has shilled for every business in Franklin County over the past 30 years. Herbstreit on TV every hour for Byers.

And we all know that if you played even a couple of seasons for OSU, and kept your nose clean, some insurance agent, car dealership, real estate developer or radio/TV station is going to give you a gig, "just because." I mean, Demetrious Stanley and his pimp suits on Channel 6? Pretty embarrassing, although not as embarrassing as John Corby having Schlichter on his show twice a week last fall.

35 posted on 03/08/2011 2:24:24 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

“Typical yahoo Load of Shit”

really? :)


36 posted on 03/08/2011 5:06:52 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: buccaneer81

“I mean, Demetrious Stanley and his pimp suits on Channel 6? Pretty embarrassing...”

That was hilarious! Thanks for the laugh.


37 posted on 03/08/2011 5:14:39 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage; Loyal Buckeye
They're still hiding a lot. Think about it...The lawyer who e-mailed Tressel should be disbarred. As an officer of the court, HE violated the confidentiality of the case. At the same time, Tressel was under no legal obligation to maintain confidentiality. The minute he finished reading those e-mails, he should have called Smith, Gee and OSU's head counsel. So why didn't Tressel do that? That's a huge question. The "I was protecting the players" excuse is crap.

Tressel should be out on his kiester.

38 posted on 03/08/2011 5:17:51 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

I didn’t see the presser tonight. The wife and I were out walking in this “warm” weather tonight. Therefore, I do not know all of the details. But I’m sure there is more to this situation than what the public knows right now.

Really embarrassing. I used to be a fan of OSU in my younger days (in fact, I have taken undergrad and graduate classes at OSU), but over the last 15 years or more I have become quite disillusioned with OSU, the BCS and NCAA. It’s all about money. Get rid of the athletic scholarships and return to real student-athletes at universities.


39 posted on 03/08/2011 5:30:55 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage
Tressel came very close to breaking down several times. He looked like he wished the floor would open up and swallow him. Smith was terse, trying to deflect a lot of questions. Gee was, as usual, a total buffoon.

Get the popcorn ready...this is just the beginning. Federal drug trafficking and money laundering cases usually bring a bunch of people down. This one will be no exception.

40 posted on 03/08/2011 5:42:52 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Comparative Advantage
The e-mails that started it all...

Tressel e-mails

41 posted on 03/08/2011 6:06:27 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Interesting emails. So Tressel is saying that he did not inform OSU officials because the attorney told him to keep this confidential due to the federal investigation? Were these emails still in Tressel’s inbox? Did OSU review his emails or did Tressel turn them over to OSU officials?

Thanks for providing the link.


42 posted on 03/08/2011 6:33:26 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage
1) Yes.

2 & 3) Nobody is saying.

43 posted on 03/08/2011 6:49:10 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

This is an interesting take from someone on the Dispatch Topix board:

1. The first email says nothing about confidentiality. Tressel should have immediately gone to legal and/or compliance with this information. It could have been kept confidential within the department on a need to know basis.
2. The emails clearly indicate that the OSU players in question were selling OSU items for profit. This clearly should have raised a red flag with Tressel. He’s a smart guy and he had to know that this was a very iffy situation, thus the need to involve compliance.
3. If he knew this was going on and that his players were involved in something potentially illegal and/or in violation of NCAA rules, why did he let the players play? He was asked this question and his lame answer was basically “because they could”. Nothing to do with whether they *should*.
4. He signed a letter to the NCAA in September of 2010 stating that he knew of no possible violations at OSU. This was a lie and he knew it. He should have talked to legal or compliance (again!) to seek their guidance on what was to be done.
5. Why not reply to the emailer and say “this information looks like it could indicate my players broke NCAA rules so I need to escalate this...what can I do to protect the confidentiality of this while doing the right thing and reporting violations?” He did not do this.
6. In December, he claimed this was the “first” he knew about it. And then in January of this year, conveniently almost one week after the bowl game, he suddenly wondered if there might be NCAA complications from this.


44 posted on 03/08/2011 7:08:35 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: buccaneer81

And don’t forget “Deli Man” Vlade Janakievski. I don’t fault the guy for hustling and getting into business for himself, and that operation (mostly family employees) offers a good product. He and his family were (legal) immigrants back in ‘67. He walked onto the team in ‘77 as a soccer player and played through the ‘80 season. But I can’t help but think his status as a local celebrity helped him get the financing needed to buy that business. No question that being a local celebrity, and around here that means football player or coach, gives you an edge over ordinary schmucks.


45 posted on 03/09/2011 5:47:46 AM PST by chimera
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To: buccaneer81

Are you just jealous that Buckeye football overshadows your Blue Jackets? I don’t understand all of this hatred towards a conservative Christian like Jim Tressel. However, I do have to give you props for the Dimitrious Stanley pimp suit line.


46 posted on 03/09/2011 2:54:29 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Great point. The SEC is so dirty it’s unreal.


47 posted on 03/09/2011 2:56:33 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: conservativebuckeye
I've disliked Ohio State far longer than the Blue Jackets have been in existence, and I've made it clear why. They have way to much influence in Columbus. One big example was their desperate (and despicable) attempt to keep the NHL out of Central Ohio.

As far as Tressel's faith? Who really knows? But he sure did lie...a big fat whopper about those e-mails. In the private sector, he would have been bounced out the door yesterday. Remember Jim O'Brien? He got the axe for a whole lot less.

48 posted on 03/09/2011 3:39:48 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Wasn’t Gordan Geek or his wife in on the sabotaging of the arena project back in the 90s while serving on the committee that was trying to get it passed? Also, OSU didn’t even want an arena until Columbus was planning one, then they had to have one too while hoping to kill the one for Columbus in the process. The whole thing was disgusting.


49 posted on 03/09/2011 7:18:58 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage
Absolutely right. Gee went and tried to twist arms at city hall and even the state house. He did succeed in stopping any state help for the downtown arena, mainly by playing on legislators from the Cleveland area who had an absolute hissy fit that the NHL didn't want to be in Cleveland. The Schott was the result, paid for by our tax dollars while Nationwide was a totally private venture.

Gee is at OSU for one reason...to do the bidding of the the big money boys of Central Ohio. Why else would Wexner fly down to Nashville on Christmas Eve to bring his lapdog back?

50 posted on 03/09/2011 8:16:30 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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