Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ohio State gets a gift from NCAA

The news of the day on Friday from the NCAA should have been cause for a party within the athlete department at Ohio State.

The NCAA notified the school it found no evidence the school failed to properly monitor its football program or evidence of a lack of institutional control.

Apparently, having its coach lie to NCAA and cover up illegal action, at least in the eyes of the NCAA, of its high-profile football players does not constitute failure to monitor or lack of institutional control.

Congrats to the Ohio State athletic department. It's obvious getting rid of Coach Jim Tressel is all it took. Terrelle Pryor leaving probably didn't hurt either.

As for the NCAA? Let's see if the governing body hammers the Buckeyes with its upcoming ruling. Friday's news probably means it won't be as bad as many thought, but who knows. The NCAA continue to confuse.

- Mark Podolsi

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