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more espn BS

Discussion in 'ESPN's 04-05 war against tOSU and Tressel' started by BuckeyeNation27, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    front page of bspn, headline reads: Report: Ohio State officials get use of 85 cars

    The article reads:

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sixty-four car dealers are enrolled in a program to give free cars to Ohio State coaches and athletic department staff, according to a Columbus Dispatch report.
    <!-- BEGIN INLINE UNIT -->
    <!-- END INLINE UNIT -->The dealers provide 85 cars for Ohio State coaches, assistants, department workers, the wives of two coaches, and athletic director Andy Geiger in exchange for season tickets and other perks, according to a Dispatch story Sunday.

    The newspaper's report comes on the heels of former Buckeye running back Maurice Clarett's accusing coach Jim Tressel, his staff and school boosters of arranging for him to get passing grades, car and thousands of dollars, including for bogus summer jobs. Clarett's claims, reported Tuesday by ESPN The Magazine on, have been corroborated by former Buckeyes players Marco Cooper, Curtis Crosby and B.J. Barre.

    The university has denied their allegations.

    NCAA spokeswoman Jennifer Kearns told the Dispatch that free-car programs for non-players do not violate Division I rules. The practice of providing coaches and school officials with vehicles is commonplace.

    By invitation from Ohio State, the NCAA will have a representative on campus Monday to investigate allegations of improper benefits from Maurice Clarett and other former players, Geiger said Saturday.

    "I hope there is the most thorough investigation in the history of intercollegiate athletics, because this is so bogus I can't even characterize it," Geiger told reporters during the Ohio State-Purdue game in West Lafayette, Ind.

    "We welcome [the NCAA]. We invited them. We asked them to, please, participate."

    Clarett said he got a free loaner car from a dealer recommended by Tressel, who gets cars there under the program. Dealers provide cars in exchange for access to season tickets and other perks, the Dispatch reported.

    Geiger said Tressel did try to help Clarett buy a car through the dealership that leases cars to several Ohio State coaches and administrators. But Clarett and his mother did not meet with the dealer to make arrangements to buy the car, Geiger said, and the dealership came to Columbus several days later to repossess it.

    Most of Clarett's charges were addressed as part of an NCAA probe that found the star running back -- a freshman at that time -- lied to investigators, leading to his suspension from the team he helped win the 2002 national championship.

    Geiger said many of the accusations were found to be baseless in investigations by the NCAA and the university.

    "The allegations are so sweeping, so over the top that we are going to be forced to spend huge resources, so much time and energy and effort, to try and get this right," Geiger said. "This isn't going to be solved by the Michigan game or by [the time of] a bowl game. It will take months, I imagine."

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

    So this "story" is that the NCAA allows members of any division 1 school administration to have free cars given to them by car dealers, and a bunch of filler about the clarett thing? this is the most blatant of slanderous bspn spin stories so far. you can argue about their other "stories" and if they deserved to be published, but this is just fucking ridiculous.

    what's next? Report: Ohio State football player's don't study for tests on Saturday afternoons during football season.
  2. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    This article is just fucking assinine. It's obviously not a problem, but espn thought that it just might fuel the fire if they tried to include it and spin it a bit.
  3. martinss01

    martinss01 blissfully stupid

    i LOVE that! notice how they first list a fact that osu gives school officials cars. then lists clarrett has made accusations that are corroborated by fellow ex team mates that have nothing to do with the first (and accurate) claim. they then state that the university has denied their claims. then states that the original, not the claims by clarrett are legal.

    first they try to skew the fantasy claims my MoC with the tOSU officials cars. then try to make it seem like tOSU is denying the cars for officials program. this is beautiful!
  4. FCollinsBuckeye

    FCollinsBuckeye Senior Former Game Champion

    This is starting to feel like the 'Twilight Zone'.
  5. DaBuckMD

    DaBuckMD Rookie

    The fact that ESPN feels the need to contiously post articles, in an attempt to validate their story, makes it obvious that they know there are major holes in their report.

    Who know's what is true --- but one thing is sure --- ESPN has no clue what's fact and/or what's fiction in their own report. Now is that good journalism???
  6. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

    Credibility=Zero. ESPN has now fallen to the bottom of the barrel, and they are trying to dig their way out.
  7. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    I bet ESPN anchors have never taken any freebies. :!

    Actually, I bet they won't in Columbus anymore.
  8. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    Since when is corporate sponsorship illegal or unethical? And who the hell is ESPN to point fingers? (This ESPN finger-point was brought to you by Coors Light and Viagra.) It's not as if Jim Tressel isn't allowed to receive free stuff - he's not an AMATEUR coach, he's a PROFESSIONAL!

    Hey - I heard that in addition to the cars, all of the same staff members also took periodic cash payments, as well as other benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits in exchange for working for the university. Even worse, the university knew about these practices the whole time, and they may also be going on in other parts of the university. ESPN will keep you updated as this one unfolds.:2004:
  9. scooter1369

    scooter1369 Chief Toad Fart

    I'm going offer DP and Dibs a beer on Friday and then write an article about sports anchors taking freebies at colleges.
  10. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    I love how that article mentions that this practice is commonplace, but the mere fact that it's a fucking huge headline and once again brings up Clarett draws yet more negative attention to the program. ESPN can kiss my ass.
  11. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    glad to see i wasnt the only one pissed off about this bull shit.
  12. Folanator

    Folanator Brawndo's got electrolytes...

    So... do you think that Dan Patrick is going to wait in line at Hertz this Thursday night? No I think he probably given a free Limo provided by the Buckeye Cafe. Fuckin hipocrites.

    Oh yea, Accomodations for the ESPN staff were provided by bla bal bla...
  13. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    It's a shame that ESPN found out about this. The university was going to stage a demolition derby in honor of ESPNs 25th anniversary (since nobody else seemed to realize that was going on:roll2: ), but they went and ruined the surprise. Stupid bastards.

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