First posted at Inside The Shoe.
|Not deep enough, obviously|
What we all found was...well, nothing. The only big deal would be the fact that 9 other players were involved with the Tattoo guy, Rife. Those players were: defensive back C.J. Barnett, linebacker Dorian Bell, running back Jaamal Berry, running back Bo DeLande, defensive back Zach Domicone, linebacker Storm Klein, linebacker Etienne Sabino, defensive tackle John Simon and defensive end Nathan Williams.
It doesn't help Sports Illustrated's cause when more than half the article that was written, didn't even pertain to the fact of Tressel in his OSU era. Most of it was during his time at Youngstown State. Really? I mean, give me a break. The fact that they say they've "dug up" some pretty serious stuff is just looking plain stupid right now.
Dohrmann, the author of the article, documents that a former OSU assistant coach believes that Coach Tressel “rigged a raffle” as an assistant coach to ensure that elite athletes won prizes at Ohio State football camps in the 1980s. This part of the article was to show Tressel's desire to "do anything" to win. Oh, this is classic stuff right here. If the best you have on an upstanding, terrific head coach is a raffle "rigging", then you might as well quit your job as an investigator.
Meanwhile, Pryor may or may not have driven eight cars during his three seasons at Ohio State and Rob Rose and Jermil Martin spilled the beans, but TJ Downing did not. Here is a picture of Pryor's 350z that he drove to the player's meeting last night.
All in all, this is not something to worry about, since the 9 players will not be suspended unless there is some serious, actual evidence. Sports Illustrated apologizes for wasting your time, and will not try any harder next time.