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There is no ESPN agenda

Discussion in 'ESPN's 04-05 war against tOSU and Tressel' started by LightningRod, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Right! As fans, we constantly hear about 14 arrests over 4 years, as if that is somehow out of some norm. My first preface - I would love to see zero arrests, period. Is that realistic, no. Second preface - to what standard are the 14 arrests measured against. I am going to look at Iowa from its 2001 through its 2002 season. The reason I am choosing Iowa (other than being tired from constantly bashing Michigan) is because Ferentz was chosen Big 10 coach of the year twice since the start of the 2001 season, and Trev and May believe he is the best coach in all of college football. This article really speaks for itself. I added some bold with commentary to emphasize some points. Would anybody on this board ever expect Tressel to say that he was not aware that his starting free safety was arrested six different times since entering Iowa? Would anybody ever expect Tressel to say that he was not aware that there were so many player arrests under his watch? Would anybody ever expect Tressel to say that he pays no attention to walk ons and what goes on in their lives - it's the walk on's job to impress the coach? Keep this in mind while reading this article. Then ask yourself why Trev and May haven't taken Ferentz to the cleaners.

    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Wednesday, September 18, 2002

    Iowa's Ferentz says walk-ons'
    violations are tough to track

    [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]By Rob Howe[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Iowa City Press-Citizen[/font]

    Taking action against walk-ons that violate team rules can be tough, Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said. Sometimes he never gets the information. <table width="127" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" align="right"> <tbody><tr valign="top"> <td height="202">
    [font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Boleyn [/font] [/font]
    </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Ferentz said he was unaware of several players identified for illegal activity, as was reported in the Daily Iowan last Friday.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Strong safety Scott Boleyn was charged with six infractions from November of 1998 to April of this year. Jacob Bowers, a walk-on from Sioux City, has been charged with public intoxication three times in the last 14 months.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Boleyn, a Dubuque native, is listed as a starter at free safety for this Saturday's game against Utah State. He is a fifth-year senior.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"I didn't know it was that extensive," Ferentz said of Boleyn's history. "I was aware of a couple of things a couple of years ago." [HE DID'T KNOW? THE BIG 10 COY DIDN'T KNOW? LOL!!!]

    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Boleyn was charged with public intoxication April 25 of this year. He also was cited for that offense in September 1999. That day, police also cited him with two counts of interfering with official acts and for having an open alcohol container.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]In November of 1998, Boleyn was charged with obstructing a peace officer.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"What I did was wrong," Boleyn said. "I've grown from it, and I've learned from it. [really - 6 and counting] I really don't think about it anymore.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"I've made mistakes. I didn't kill anyone. [This is a very comforting thought from a SIX time offender. Anybody have any different perspective on Troy's punishment yet?] They're all minor misdemeanors, but I was wrong."[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Iowa kicked cornerback Benny Sapp off the team in August. It came shortly after an arrest for public intoxication and resisting arrest. They were the first official charges against him since he arrived here in 2000.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Ferentz said that Sapp was dismissed because of the public intoxication charge and incidents of conduct detrimental to the team.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Players are expected to inform Iowa coaches if they are involved in illegal activity, Ferentz said.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"Typically, it's not a secret," Ferentz said. "We know ahead of time. That's the danger of having walk-ons, quite frankly." [I'll bet everbody in Iowa City other than the coach knew about it. Now, before dismissing this off as a bunch of walk ons. This is a starter. Also, the 2002 Iowa O line consisted of 4 former walkons that included as walkons the all American center as well as Dallas Clark. Sing it Aretha - "whose zooming who"]

    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Numerous media reports showed that nine different Hawkeye football players had been cited for drug or alcohol offenses since the start of last season. But little-known athletes have a better chance of avoiding attention from journalists.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"When they're down in the depth chart, and they're walk-ons, they tend to be forgotten a little bit," Ferentz said. "Quite frankly, they're anonymous. The (journalists) that are scanning the police columns don't recognize the name.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"But if we are aware of it, we suspend those guys. We're actually probably a little harsher on walk-ons mainly because their job is to impress us." [Really! I thought he stated up above that players are expected to report themselves. Keep in mind this harsh penalty comment.]

    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Iowa has well over 100 athletes on its football team.[/font]
    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Ferentz indicated that Boleyn would not be punished for his past. [He wasn't punished for the deed, nor was he punished for failing to report the offenses to the coaching staff. Some tough disciplinarian here. Now, again, what was that about Troy's punishment?]

    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]"He had one that we did punish during his first or second year here," Ferentz said. "After that, I haven't really heard much." [This from the Big 10 COY concerning a starter - LOL!!!. Oh Trevvie, what is that you were saying about the wholesomeness of Iowa players and their disciplinarian coach? LOL!!!]

    [font=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby heard of the Daily Iowan report. He has been out of town and planned to review the details upon his return.[/font]

  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    It is happening everywhere but MoC has made sure the spotlight will be in Columbus for awhile. The transgressions of today's athletes is more of an indictment of our society than the programs in question IMO.
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Everytime I heard that quote....14 arrests during the Tressel era...I just think its bs, because its worse at other places, its just crap.
  4. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.


    You know what I blame this on the downfall of?

  5. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    It's easier to just blame bretgoblow
  6. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    Clarett has just helped make us an easy target. I would like to see all violations in the same time period of the top 25 schools. I just think that we
    would not be alot different from alot of other schools. I don't consider underage drinking by a college student as a big deal. If he's driving that way, then I do consider that serious.

    We got caught with our hand in the cookie jar with Troy, and for that, we should be scrutinized. Hopefully, it was only a one time thing with him being the only 'rouge' booster.

    If you watch espn for any length of time, you'll realize that they thrive on the 'negative ' story. Once they get their hands on it, they run like heck with it. They beat the hell out of Bob Knight and ran that story for weeks, if not months. They dogged on Alabama for a while also. The Kobe Bryant story was their main focus for many months. We're just the flavor of the month until another negative story comes around.

    I don't think they're out to get tOSU, they're just out to get the best negative story they can. They'll be another soon enough (hopefully).
  7. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    I basically agree with you here grad21; sports in general are a reflection of our society, in general.

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