As soon as this scrolled across the bottom of the TV screen last evening, I said that I felt this was a good PR move by Coach Tressel and Ohio State. We shall see if the NCAA feels the same way…
"Throughout this entire situation my players and I have committed ourselves to facing our mistakes and growing from them; we can only successfully do that together," Tressel said in a prepared statement. "I spoke with athletics director [Gene] Smith, and our studentathletes involved, and told them that my mistakes need to share the same game sanctions. Like my players, I am very sorry for the mistakes I made. I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together."
"While we are disappointed that our appeal request was denied, we respect the NCAA and accept its ruling," Smith said in a prepared statement. "The players are sorry for the disappointment they have caused, will learn from their mistakes, and will strive to earn the confidence and support of everyone associated with the university through their future conduct."