Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
If they launched Tressel (and I do believe this was a "you can resign, or we'll be firing you on Tuesday" kind of situation), you can bet that the AD's office has heard whispers from the NCAA that the hammer is about to come down hard.
I'd expect USC penalties at minimum.
I promise you, that could not be further from the truth. It has absolutely nothing to do with what the NCAA might do. Nothing has changed between now and March when Ohio State said they were standing by Tressel.
Now, the SI article might have something to do with it. But the NCAA doesn't tell institutions what's coming, nor do they hint.
Ohio State won't get anything like USC punishment based on what we currently know. In fact, I will guarantee that, as of right now, Ohio State won't get even one year bowl ban. Of course, tomorrow it might be different depending on what happens in the SI article. But I'll amend that statement tomorrow if necessary.
If Ohio State thought USC-like sanctions were coming, I guarantee you they'd swallow their medicine and self-impose a bowl ban on this year's team to get it out of the way ahead of a new coach and further sanctions. After all, the timing would be perfect since a few key players will be missing nearly half the year anyhow. If they don't do that, it will be an indication they don't think any type of bowl ban is coming.