The picture above says a thousand words. It first says that I’m loyal, it says that I’m True, and it most definitely says that I hate Michigan’s Maize & Blue. This statement has taken on a whole new meaning lately. With recent turmoil hitting Buckeye Nation, the Buckeye faithful have shown much support for former Ohio State coach Tressel, and the Ohio State football team. The person who doesn’t seem to be receiving any support is former OSU quarterback Terrel Pryor. Some say he is the scapegoat in this situation along with Tressel, but I say different.
What Pryor and Tressel did was wrong in many eyes but honestly not mine. No matter what you may think these are still young men who have to continue to survive out here in this world. Yes, scholarships are giving with full ride intents to those who may be gifted athletically, but what about those who do not possess those same gifts. What about the person that is just there because he loves the game of football and its his dream to play for said college. What do you tell your student that was gifted enough to get to school, but his parents are at home barely making it. Student athletes aren’t allowed to have jobs because of the risk of injuring themselves, or disturbing the timeline set by coaches and staff.
Why hasnt the NCAA adapted to the new way of life? Or adapted to how things have always been. Colleges and Universities make millions every year from revenue sales, including tickets, merchandising, and if lucky BCS Bowl Games. College football players can’t even have their names in the very popular video game NCAA Football by EA Sports. Where does all of this money go. Well that answer is one that is unknown to the general public like you and me . The students can’t be awarded say $5000 for all the hard work they put in bringing this extra cash flow to the universities. I don’t see the crime in that at all. I do see a crime in saying that we are paying for your tuition, when they are paying your salary.
The NCAA has to finally come to terms that things are now different, and certain aspects that have always been in place needs to change. First Reggie Bush was stripped of his Heisman trophy, no matter what happened off the field, at the end of the day he was the best player in college football on the field. The USC Trojans have been stripped of the National Title win, when clearly they dominated that game. How are penalties that seem so irrelevant in this day and age costing players and students, who has worked their hearts out, a dream that only few realize. I personally say that with these penalties that have been given out are causing more damage to the luster of the game rather than fixing the problem.
Now that Ohio State has been quote unquote caught, will things change? No not all! What will happen next is people will get smarter and find others ways to work the system. Until the system is changed for the better, the system will continue to be tampered with until someone else is caught.
In closing I will say this…no matter what allegations or penalties are reported and handed down, Buckeye Nation will forever Bleed Scarlet & Gray!.