Posted on: September 2, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 7:38 pm

Shouldn't Tressel face a suspension as well?

PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (7:37 p.m. ET): CBSSports.com's Clark Judge reports that the league is "looking into" the report that Jim Tressel has been hired by Indianapolis.

"We just became aware of the report," a league spokesman told Judge, "and will look into it to determine the facts."


It was awfully predictable that disgraced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel would land a job in the NFL. Somehow, some way, it seemed obvious to predict that Tressel, through the coaching network, would find something to do (other than count all the money he made at Ohio State before the Buckeyes axed him for looking the other way when his team was violating NCAA rules and then lying about it).

Today, the Colts and coach Jim Caldwell did exactly that, hiring Tressel as a gameday consultant. That means his main job will be to consult on replays, which means the other coaches on the Indianapolis staff won’t have to worry about it as they go about their business.

But there’s also one interesting aspect in all this predictability. What will Roger Goodell think about this? And most importantly, will he slap Tressel with a suspension for his part in the Ohio State controversy that ensnared now-Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor? You’ll recall that Goodell had no problem suspending Pryor for his college transgressions.

In fact, this is what he said when he announced that Pryor was eligible for the supplemental draft but would have to take an immediate five-game vacation.

“Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft,” Goodell said. “Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

"Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs."

So, what will Goodell say about Tressel? He can’t, in good conscience, let Tressel work without some kind of punishment, can he?

I don’t know, but I can guarantee you one thing: the players will be paying attention – they certainly were when Goodell was deciding to suspend Ben Roethlisberger – and I’m sure the NFLPA will be doing the same (need proof? This is what NFLA spokesman George Atallah tweeted: "The NFLPA will be watching the Jim Tressell situation with interest.") If Goodell lets Tressel off with no punishment, the outcry will be loud and it will be angry. And rightfully so.

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