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Ohio State NCAA Violations

Ohio State NCAA Violations

It’s no secret that “The Ohio State University”  Buckeyes football program has run faced disciplinary actions by the NCAA.  Once again, the University’s  is being accused of a secondary violations which occurred in 2013 which   are likely to have NCAA president Mark Emmert and others laughing.

In early 2011, Ohio State  faced sanctions for a humorously serious violation after  football players, including former Oregon recruit Terrelle Pryor, were trading Buckeye football memorabilia for tattoos. What made the situation worse was that head coach Jim Tressel reportedly knew about the trades more than eight months before the school was made aware of the situations. On top of the five players having to repay the benefits earned, Tressel’s contract was broken by failing to inform Athletic Director Gene Smith of the university.

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According to the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Doug Lesmerises, a recent Sports Illustrated investigation detailing Ohio State’s secondary NCAA violations over the past year uncovered some minor missteps, including one particularly amusing compliance report involving former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and an eight-second phone conversation.


That’s right, the bombshell violation featured one of the most polarizing football players on the planet. Here’s what happened: Linebacker prospect Clifton Garrett, who signed with LSU on Feb. 5, called Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer on March 9, 2013, only to find out he was on vacation and eating lunch with Tebow.


Here’s what happened next, per the school’s self-report via Lesmerises:

During a phone call with a possible recruit , Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow. Garrett asked Coach Meyer if he could wish Tebow good luck on the upcoming season. Coach Meyer handed the phone to Tebow and Garrett conversed with Tebow for approximately eight seconds. Coach Meyer stated that no recruiting conversation occurred, there was no intent to have Tebow recruit on behalf of Ohio State and he, in fact, did not recruit on behalf of Ohio State.

Although NCAA violations often land schools and teams in hot water, minor infractions like these provide a refreshing change of pace from what typically dominates the headlines during the offseason in college sports.

It remains to be seen how the NCAA will respond to Ohio State’s self-reported secondary violations and what improvements the university will make in 2014. But for now, it’s clear that the potential punishment for serious violations has led schools and athletic programs down an honest path.  Read more here

SOURCE:  The Bleacher Report

A history of major NCAA violations:

In 2009, Florida State University was given the nickname “Free Shoe University,” because agents purchased more than $6,000 worth of shoes for Seminoles players. In addition, cases of academic fraud were uncovered from 2007, which would lead to 10 school teams losing scholarships and vacating wins. While the NCAA did not name the athletes, FSU banned 23 football players from attending the 2007 Music City Bowl. According to the NCAA report, academic fraud is the worst of all NCAA violations.  Read more here

Michael Sam Announces he’s Gay

Michael Sam, a defensive end from Missouri and a projected mid-round NFL draft pick, has  announced that he is openly gay.

Michael Sams Announces he's gaySam first spoke publicly about his sexual orientation in an interview with the New York Times, as well as ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Sunday.

“I knew from a young age that I was attracted to guys,” he said, “I didn’t know if it was a phase … I didn’t want to say, ‘Hey, I might be gay. I might be bi.’ I just didn’t know … I wanted to find who I was and make sure I knew what was comfortable. So I didn’t tell anyone growing up.

“I endured so much in my past: seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound, not knowing that my oldest sister died when she was a baby and I never got the chance to meet her. My second oldest brother went missing in 1998, and me and my little sister were the last ones to see him … my other two brothers have been in and out of jail since 8th grade, currently both in jail.

“Telling the world I’m gay is nothing compared to that.”

He told his college teammates during a team building exercise.   Players were asked by a coach to  “Tell us something we don’t know about you.” Some players knew. Others were shocked. Not one player whispered a word to the media.

Other openly gay athletes:

Jason Collins (NBA) – Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay.

Martina Navratilova (Tennis) – Martina Navratilova wasted little time after becoming a U.S. citizen in 1981 in letting everyone know she was gay.

Robbie Rogers (soccer) – After retiring from soccer at age 25 in February 2013, Robbie Rogers came out as gay.

Brittney Griner (WNBA) – Baylor center Brittney Griner, who was the No. 1 pick in this year’s WNBA draft, acknowledged in April that she is gay.

John Amaechi (NBA) – John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to come out in 2007. He averaged 6.2 points in parts of five seasons.

Will Sheridan (NBA) – Will Sheridan’s Villanova teammates knew he was gay, but it wasn’t until 2011—several years later—that he went public.

Megan Rapinoe (soccer) – In a 2012 interview with Out magazine, Megan Rapinoe said she was a lesbian.

Orlando Cruz (boxing) – Boxer Orlando Cruz has won both of his fights since coming out in 2012.

Billy Bean (MLB) – Several years after he played his final game with San Diego in 1995, Billy Bean announced he was gay.

Billy Jean King (tennis) – Billy Jean King won 12 Grand Slam titles and was outed in 1981 in a lawsuit.

Esera Tuaolo (NFL) -Esera Tuaolo played last with the Carolina Panthers in 1999 and went gay publicly in 2002 on HBO’s Real Sports.

Kwame Harris (NFL) – In March 2013, former Oakland Raiders tackle Kwame Harris said he was gay on CNN. He played in the NFL from 2003 until 2008.

Jamie Anderson Wins Gold in Slopestyle Event

Jamie Anderson an American snowboarder from South Lake Tahoe won the gold medal in the inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Event.

Jamie Anderson of the United States won the first-ever women's snowboard slopestyle gold medal Sunday,Enni Rukajarvi of Finland won the silver medal, and Jenny Jones won bronze, becoming the first British Winter Olympian to earn a medal in a snow event.

Jamie Anderson has built a reputation as the most solid Slopestyle rider in the business with her raw talent and exceptional style and versatility of tricks.

She has been one of the most successful female snowboarders on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour so far.

She is also the first ever women’s gold medalist in snowboard slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Anderson, 23, had found plenty of success riding slopestyle the past eight years – at 15, she was once the youngest Winter X-Games medalist Slopestyle is a winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest altitude off jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly.

It originated as a snowboarding competition format, but there are now many sports that are considered to have this style of competition, of which skiing and snowboarding are two of the most common.

Slopestyle is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games.

It became an Olympic event, in both skiing and snowboarding forms, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Ryan Freel Suffered from CTE when he Committed Suicide

Ryan Freel, the Cincinnati Reds baseball star who killed himself after years of mental instability suffered from trauma-induced brain disease, researchers revealed Sunday.

Former Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Freel was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last yearThe Boston University School of Medicine announced that former fan favorite Ryan Freel, 36, had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, making him the first major league baseball player diagnoses with the illness.

The concussion prone father of three, who was forced into early retirement in 2009 after eight seasons of repeated head and body injuries, died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head in 2012 and researchers diagnosed him after running post-mortem tests.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy

“We played all-around good baseball today, … That’s what happens when you do the little things. This is something to build on. We played small-ball today. The little things have to happen for us to win.”  Ryan Freel – Quotes

INJURIES:  On May 28, 2007, Freel was injured in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates when chasing a deep drive to right-center field. Freel and right fielder Norris Hopper collided, resulting in Freel’s head and neck hitting Hopper and finally the warning track.

Former Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Freel was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) when he committed suicide last year

He was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was reported to be coherent with feeling in his extremities. Freel began working out on June 15, about 2 weeks after the collision.

He was briefly sent to the AAA Louisville Bats for rehabilitation. Freel began getting random headaches and pains in his head, which delayed his return for another 2 weeks.

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On July 3, 2007, 1 month and 5 days after the accident, Freel returned to play for the Cincinnati Reds and was healthy until being placed on the 15-day DL with torn cartilage in his right knee on August 7.


In 2009 with the Baltimore Orioles, he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw while on second base. He was put on the disabled list after the injury, and officially retired a year later.

Ryan Paul Freel (March 8, 1976 – December 22, 2012) was an American professional baseball player. A utility player, Freel played second base, third base, and all three outfield positions in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals between 2001 and 2009.

Freel was found dead on December 22, 2012, from a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, which can only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. The disease was previously called dementia pugilistica (DP), as it was initially found in those with a history of boxing. CTE has been most commonly found in professional athletes participating in American football, ice hockey, professional wrestling and other contact sports who have experienced repetitive brain trauma. It has also been found in soldiers exposed to a blast or a concussive injury, in both cases resulting in characteristic degeneration of brain tissue and the accumulation of tau protein. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, which generally appear years or many decades after the trauma.

Repeated concussions and injuries less serious than concussions (“sub-concussions”) incurred during the play of contact sports over a long period can result in CTE. In the case of blast injury, a single exposure to a blast and the subsequent violent movement of the head in the blast wind can cause the condition.

A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury that may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. It can affect how the brain works for a while. A concussion can lead to a bad headache, changes in alertness, or loss of consciousness.


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Jim Grobe Resigns Wake Forest

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe resigned on Monday, ending his 13-year tenure as the Demon Deacons’ head football coach.

Grobe was 77-82 in 13 seasons with the Demon Deacons, including 4-8 this year and 2-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He shares the program record for coaching victories with D.C. “Peahead” Walker.

Jim Grobe Wake ForestGrobe informed athletic director Ron Wellman of his plans to resign during their weekly meeting on Monday morning. The news was made official during a news conference on Monday afternoon.

Jim GrobeWake Forest Athletics

Jim Grobe’s tenure at Wake Forest will go down as the greatest run of football success in school history,” Wellman said. “Jim and his staff have lifted our program to great heights.

Salary Jim Grobe (Wake Forest) $2.4 Million

Every Demon Deacon fan will be forever grateful for the 2006 ACC Championship and the trip to the Orange Bowl. Jim showed us that winning championships is a worthy and realistic goal for us. We are indebted to him for raising our expectations.”

Grobe proceeded to talk about those raised expectations in his time with the media. He mentioned how the close losses in the last two years “start to beat you up a little bit” when asked if he had considered stepping down before now.

“I had certain expectations for the last two years and we didn’t meet those expectations, and that’s my fault,” Grobe said.

The longtime coach said the program needed “a new focus” and “some new energy” in order to move forward.

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ABOUT:  Jim Grobe is an American football coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach at Wake Forest University from 2001 to 2013. From 1995 to 2000, Grobe served as the head coach at Ohio University. Wikipedia
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