In a new book released recently by Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict titled “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football“. The writers delve into the world of the NCAA and College Football and the complexities that they cause.
In this book they talk in depth about “Tattoo Gate” and how it was handled by both the NCAA and OSU.
Dan Wetzle wrote a nice piece on this book and gave the following excerpts…
• A thorough retelling of the Ohio State “tattoogate” scandal including the previously unreported transcripts of NCAA interviews by Jim Tressel and athletic director Gene Smith.
You can see Tressel hanging himself with his own words as he tries to explain his cover-up of the scandal that doomed his career and led to major sanctions against the program. Meanwhile, on a separate issue, Smith is vague on some details but claims he was forceful in multiple conversations with booster Bobby DiGeronimo, who was cited for overpaying players for work at his companies and later banned from associating with the Buckeyes for the next 10 years.
That leads to DiGeronimo, who speaks publicly for the first time, to slam Smith, claiming the two never had the conversations Smith claims they did.
“Never,” DiGeronimo said. “Never called me. Never called me one time. Never. We never had a conversation about that. There was nothing. He’s lying. He’s outright lying. Never any meeting. Never any voicemail. Everything he says is a lie. Everything.”
Smith declined to comment on the book.
Also in the book there was this nugget of info about Former Buckeye DeVier Posey…
“The System” also presents the case that NCAA investigators were overzealous in parts of their investigation against Ohio State, most notably in ignoring some pretty compelling evidence that DiGeronimo overpaid player DeVier Posey by a mere $3.07 and should never have received a five-game suspension for that. It also shows the seemingly differing and troubling standards for players and coaches/administrators, where the former must recall every detail precisely or risk eligibility, while the latter is allowed to struggle with specifics.
I will never understand the NCAA and what it does or doesn’t do. I have a horrible feeling that Posey had his OSU career ruined over $3.07. What an awful thing to do to such a really good person. Read the whole article linked above and if you want read the book I am sure there is a lot more info to be had.