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JT Responds after Practice(Free BN Article)


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Jim Tressel

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By Steve Helwagen Managing Editor
Date: Nov 9, 2004

OSU head football coach Jim Tressel convened the media after practice to deny any wrongdoing in connection with charges made by former tailback Maurice Clarett in stories reported by ESPN.com. Click here for more.
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Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel met with the media briefly after Wednesday's practice to address allegations made against him by former OSU star Maurice Clarett in articles published on ESPN.com. Clarett accused Tressel of helping set up various car deals for him. He also said the coach sold him out after Clarett felt he did the right thing by covering up the coach's involvement in his affairs during last year's NCAA investigation.

During his luncheon earlier Tuesday, Tressel refused to answer questions about the Clarett matter. He then issued a statement on the charges. But after practice, media members had a chance to ask him about the situation.

Tressel was asked if he had anything to say to Clarett. But the coach did not go there.

"I feel like we've got to get to work on Purdue," he said. "We don't have a lot of time around here to daydream. We've already spent too long on it. The way I feel is it's time to go to work."

Tressel did say he had a chance to read some of the articles on the ESPN.com web site.

"Since we got together at noon, I have had a chance to read the article," he said. "The allegations as they are mentioned are simply untrue, period."

Tressel was asked what the charges did to him personally.

"It doesn't affect how I look at him," Tressel said. "Obviously, any time one of your guys doesn't go about things the way they should be, you're disappointed."

Tressel was asked about his reputation taking a hit.

"I haven't spent too much time worrying about my reputation," Tressel said. "I'm worrying about working with our kids and doing what's right. Reputation is what the word means ... reputation."

The coach was asked if it was a common practice to refer athletes to car dealerships, as Clarett alleged in the articles.

"We have about 78 different car dealerships that help out the Ohio State athletic program," Tressel said. "We make it clear to them that if any student-athlete in any sport comes to see them that they make sure they are treated like any other customer."

Players Speak Out

Several of the team's seniors and captains came out for Tuesday's interview sessions. Each of them backed their coach.

"I just think people have to look at his reputation and the type of program he runs," defensive end Simon Fraser said of Tressel. "You have to look at the things he's brought to the program with higher class and academics and a lot of positive things."

Cornerback Dustin Fox addressed the notion that Clarett believes Tressel sold him out.

"It's a little disheartening because of the experience I've had personally with Coach Tressel, knowing him on a personal level and the way he treats his players," Fox said.

Fox said he never saw any kind of special favors, as Clarett has alleged.

"I have no idea what his situation was like when he was here," Fox said. "I've never experienced anything like that where I've been to someone's house or they're giving me money.

"He was kind of a loner," Fox added of Clarett. "It wasn't that we didn't get along with him. It's just a lot of guys didn't talk to him."

Kicker Mike Nugent also discussed the Clarett situation.

"I have friends who play on other teams," Nugent said. "They'll tell me the things they've heard that had gone on in the past with their team. They say, `I'm sure a lot of that goes on at Ohio State.' I say, `Absolutely not.' I never heard, even when Maurice was here, of anything going on."

As the Buckeyes prepare to visit Purdue Saturday, Nugent does not believe this latest controversy will impact the current team.

"The team does such a good job of focusing on what we have to do," Nugent said. "The coaches tell us that things are going to happen. We have to focus on the task at hand and everything will be all right."

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I don't feel that any of this is true--as many have said. I'm just worried it will adversely affect our players this weekend. We're still in the hunt for a respectable bowl. I'm confident Tressel will keep the troops focused on Purdue. I can't stand Clarett. Does anyone remember the way he looked on the sidelines against Washington? You could see him thinking he would "blow up the program." He looked disgruntled from day 1 of the 2003 campaign.
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It's great to hear the players back their coach (definitely what I would expect) and I am sure there will be others who will get behind Tress and the team also. There are also reports from a couple of recruits, Scheonhoft being one, that are standing behind him also. The list of credible defenders is sure to grow over the next few days and will far outweigh the list of disgruntleds who are doing the mudslinging up to this point.

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Great quote from Jeremy Crabtree over at Rivals. He did an interview with Schoenhoft and said the following:

"Either way, I think it's clear from talking to Robbie that he believes these allegations to be pretty much BS, and every coach I know in the coaching community that knows JT agrees."

Got to love it! MoC is digging a whole deeper than the one he was already in.

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Get off my lawn, you hooligans!
In the eyes of the media, however, anybody who backs Tressel is just someone who refuses to break ranks. They're lying because it's in their best interests... obviously they're all on the take.

I hate the media. ESPN needs to be put in their place.
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I'd love to hear from some of the players who played under Tressel, such as Doss, Krenzel, Peterson. These guys have nothing to lose and won't be looked at as sore losers just trying to get back at someone.
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Oh8ch said:
From a man like JT who chooses his words so carefully I am troubled by the phrase "as they are mentioned".

I think you are reading to far into that. Because one of the "allegations" was that Tressel lined him up with a car. Well that is SOMEWHAT true. MoC is trying to say he did it as part of a prize, but Tressel said it was repossesed because he never went in to make arrangements to buy it.

So as MoC said it, the allegations are false. But the NCAA has already said that it was not wrong for him to do that.
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Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens.
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Robert Smith was interviewed by Rhome this afternoon and he said flat out that stuff did not happen at OSU. If it did not happen under coop, it for sure was not started by Tress.

Wasn't part of teh reason Robert left because he didn't feel that he didn't get enough help Academically (Meaning that he couldn't do Pre-Med and Football at teh Same time? No freebies for him evidently... I mean he could have taken the "Clarret Classes" during the season and the hard stuff in teh other Quarters, right? if the Academic stuff was really going on... doesn't sound like anyone was hooking him up...)
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I just finished reading the article after having heard of the allegations yesterday. I have to say that the article paints smooth lines between events that never made much sense to me. I am much more concerned after reading it then before. I hope that it's a case of Tom Friend being a great story teller and fabricator because there is no way Clarett himself filled the gaps so nicely. In my opinion either Friend is on the whole charade or there is going to be more truth to this than what any of us could have ever imagined possible under Tressel.
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Wasn't part of teh reason Robert left because he didn't feel that he didn't get enough help Academically (Meaning that he couldn't do Pre-Med and Football at teh Same time? No freebies for him evidently... I mean he could have taken the "Clarret Classes" during the season and the hard stuff in teh other Quarters, right? if the Academic stuff was really going on... doesn't sound like anyone was hooking him up...)
tom friend: thats a totally different story. clarett was the star starting RB. Smith was the....................no wait, i can do this.

oh, clarett won a NC so that means OSU is dirty.
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