Jim Tressel Suspended Six Games By Colts, But Not Everyone’s Happy About It
When it was announced the Indianapolis Colts brought on former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as a game-day consultant for replay review, many wondered: will he have to serve a suspension? His former quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, is serving one with the Raiders for supposedly undermining the rules of the league's supplemental draft (it should be noted that suspension just happens to be the same length as the NCAA-imposed ban Pryor avoided when he ended his Ohio State career). Tressel's hiring, therefore, made many people think (rightly): if he gets to start working right away while Pryor sits out, the NFL would not look too good.
Well, Tressel won't start working right away: word just came out the Tressel will have to sit out the first six games of this season, before his work with the Colts begins. So everything's good now, right? Fairness? Equal treatment of coaches and players? Not exactly. First of all, this suspension wasn't the NFL's idea - it was Tressel's. And just because Tressel and Pryor both got punished doesn't mean everyone's happy with the decision - rather, they're put off by the idea that punishments for things that happened in college football might carry over to the pro level. The Tressel and Pryor decisions, no matter whose idea, give the idea that unaffiliated organizations are acting like the NCAA's enforcement agency, and that's not a comfortable precedent to live with.
Still, though, if Pryor's suspension wasn't going to be revoked, a Tressel suspension had to happen. Even if the Pryor/Tressel decisions represent consistency in the wrong direction, that still beats the potential inconsistency of suspending Pryor and letting Tressel get off scot-free. Given what had already happened, this was the most fair possible outcome. It's best, though, if such fairness only applies for this specific case. The NCAA and NFL are different entities, and it's best for both if they keep it that way.
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