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NCAA Investigation is officially reopened

Geiger rises in my estimation with every article I read. I really like his willingness to call the situation "bizarre," which is accurate but still seems like an undertatement.

What a shame to have to waste everyone's time and energy on this crap - AGAIN.
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Finally ... the sooner they start, the sooner we can all be over this garbage related to all these allegations. I am sure the NCAA will do a much better job of investigating the true facts; as opposed to espn's methods. Maybe Espn can take a few notes on how to actually investigate allegations but I wouldn't bet on it.
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NCAA coming to town

NCAA to reopen investigation of Ohio State on Michigan week


Knight Ridder Newspapers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - (KRT) - The team from ``Up North'' is coming to Columbus, Ohio, this week. So is a team from about 200 miles west of the capital city.

Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger confirmed Saturday night that representatives of the NCAA will be on campus Monday to reopen its investigation into the football program in wake of allegations made by Maurice Clarett and other ex-Buckeyes.

It might not be a Buckeye fan's ideal way to begin Michigan week, but Geiger welcomes the Indianapolis-based governing body for college athletics.

Five days after ESPN The Magazine released its original story on Clarett's claims of improper benefits bestowed upon him, Geiger remains certain his program will be exonerated for the second time in a year.

``Because they (the allegations made by the former players) are so bizarre, I'm more confident,'' Geiger said. ``But I want someone else to say that besides me. It's very important for this to be exposed for what it is.''

Both the university and NCAA will conduct probes. Geiger said the university will start anew with its investigation and he doesn't expect a resolution until at least January, if not later.

``It's so sweeping and so over-the-top that we are going to spend huge resources, time and energy to get this right,'' Geiger said. ``We have to start over as far as I'm concerned.''

Clarett has accused the university and coaching staff of academic fraud, supplying loaner cars, funneling players to deep-pocketed boosters and aligning players with lucrative, no-show summer jobs. ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com have done subsequent stories featuring other former Buckeyes who have supported some of Clarett's claims.

Former cornerback B.J. Barre, 23, who played as a freshman during the 2000 season, told ESPN The Magazine he made good money for little work, had tutors write papers for him and was placed, without his knowledge, in a learning disabilities program that enabled him to take tests with assistance and under no time limit.

Geiger denied Barre's charges and grew visibly upset discussing the matter.

``Nobody has the authority to put a student in a disabilities program,'' Geiger said.

ESPN has given OSU an opportunity to present its side throughout the investigative stories but Geiger does not think the network or its publications are doing enough fact checking. He believes ESPN has sought out former Buckeyes who have failed at the school, using them as their primary sources. He called the practice ``ridiculous.''

``(ESPN is) using the people who provided them with their wealth in a very bizarre way,'' Geiger said.

OSU coach Jim Tressel, a primary focus of Clarett's allegations, would not answer questions about the off-field controversy at Saturday's postgame news conference. He shook his head no when asked for a response. Geiger said he has complete trust in his coach.

``Every single contact I've had with Jim Tressel in the past four years has been honorable, has been within the rules, has been in the direction of doing things the right way.''

Geiger said he isn't feeling any additional pressure, but concedes he's having to work hard to control his anger.

He thinks NCAA representatives will want to interview Clarett again. Clarett was suspended last season for accepting improper benefits and then lying to investigators about them. The 21-year-old Clarett said he misled them to protect Tressel and the program.

``They (NCAA investigators) identified 17 areas where (Clarett) didn't tell the truth. . . . They are willing to add to the list,'' Geiger said.

© 2004, Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio).

Visit Akron Beacon Journal Online at http://www.ohio.com.

Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

From the NY Times:

The historical roots of objectivity as a journalistic ideal suggest there's more to it than parking one's opinions at the curb. Before it was applied specifically to journalism, the idea of objectivity grew out of a variety of early 20th century intellectual movements recognizing that somewhere in the swamps of conscious and unconscious thought, people could be biased without knowing it. By the 1920's Walter Lippmann and others were arguing that reporters could combat unconscious bias by applying scientific method and its "sense of evidence" to journalistic inquiry. Only by the rigorous testing of hypotheses could the investigator - the journalist - reach reliable, bias-free conclusions. The key word, and the one that has disappeared from the definition over several generations, is "conclusions." Fairness requires the consideration of all sides of an issue; it doesn't require the uncritical reporting of any. Yet even the best reporters will sometimes display a disappointing reluctance to set things straight.
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The timing does suck, it couldn't suck worse as a matter of fact. I am although in complete agreement with Gieger on this one, it is good that the NCAA is getting involved. The sooner it gets started, the sooner this will all be over, and the Buckeyes will have their good name cleared.
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Folanator said:
The only problem is I can hear ESPN now. Because of the article and the accustions the NCAA has reopened bla bla bla. See we were right bla bla bla.

We are in a no win situation. This just sux.

and if the ncaa comes back and finds nothing? how will espn deal with that? of course the anser is that they wont.
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Damn right, they will sweep it under the rug like it never happened. I say that gameday never be allowed back in Columbus, ever. Lets see Herbie explain that one. Oh, and don't let those fuckers here for any other sport either. This aint PoDunk U, we don't need espn.
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and if the ncaa comes back and finds nothing? how will espn deal with that? of course the anser is that they wont.

If ESPN refuses to deal with it by apologizing or retracting, then we should all write to every local and national sports reporter we can find, explaining the story and asking them to write something about it. We should use any television contacts we have, we should post it on any website we've got access to, and shout it from the fucking mountain tops.

ESPN must be exposed for the cheap-shot, dishonest bastards that they are.
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Bring 'em in. Get it over with.

And after we're cleared again, turn blue waiting for the


to issue any sort of retraction, let alone an apology.
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espn has insulted our Family and left their calling card in the form of a pile of shit on the Oval.

Shun them until they apologize or retract.

Three cheers for Andy...do that pending investigation with care and thoroughness...then publish all the data for the world to see.
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