Oh, The Shock: Ohio State Players Can’t Wear Wristbands Honoring Jim Tressel
Two days after Ohio State freshmen proudly donned "JT" wristbands — in support of former Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel — the university has asked for them back and refunded the players' money.
According to Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig, this had nothing to do with trying to be the Grinch who stole the "Free Tressel" movement; rather, there was concern that wearing the wristbands could constitute an NCAA violation, since the players had not run them by the university's compliance office before pictures started surfacing online. Ohio State elected to take a "cautionary" approach for fear that wearing the accessories might violate rules against student-athletes promoting items for sale.
The wristbands were sold for $15 apiece by an unnamed individual within the program. Emig said that interim head coach Luke Fickell was unaware that a staffer had been selling them.
Tressel was, of course, pressured to resign after it came out that he was aware some of his players — including former standout quarterback Terrelle Pryor — broke NCAA rules by trading memorabilia for tattoos and other benefits, and subsequently failed to disclose the violations.
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