Honesty is always the best policy. Unfortunately, the athletic department at Ohio State and former head coach Jim Tressel did not put that saying to good use sooner. On Friday, the Buckeyes will be under trial by the NCAA for lying to them about money received for memorabilia from amateur athletes as well as knowingly playing athletes who the university knew were ineligible.
Tressel will be at the meeting Friday that will go a long way in determine whether the Ohio State University will suffer USC-like sanctions, such as being ineligible from any postseason games for the next 1-2 years. The main figure in this whole scandal was star QB Terrelle Pryor. Pryor was the big man on campus driving loaner cars and receiving up to $14,000 for his memorabilia. Coach Tressel ignored an e-mail he received about Pryor and four other players’ activity and chose to ignore it because his team had the talent to win their first national championship since 2003.
This issue has brought up the point of whether college athletes in sports such as football and basketball should be paid. However, if Tressel just gave the information to Athletic Director Gordon Gene Smith, the sanctions wouldn’t be too extreme on the program. Instead, he chose to cover it up and is now no longer the coach and should face a show cause penalty that could hinder his college football head coaching career.
When you become a brother or sister in Christ, we have to be trustworthy and honest with everybody that we meet. It is a commandment that God gave Moses in the book of Exodus “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). We never want to defame anybody’s character because we wouldn’t want our character to be falsely tarnished just like Jesus told us in the Golden Rule.
The one thing from this whole saga that we can learn is that we have to reveal the whole truth to our Lord and Savior and not hide any information from Him. David writes to the Lord in one of his Psalms “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths” (Psalms 25:4)”. Instead of hiding from the Lord today, we should embrace Him even if it means telling Him that we have sinned against Him. Adam tried to hide from the Lord in the Garden of Eden, but he could not run away from his problems.
Tressel thought if he just brushed it under the desk, nobody would ever find out that Pryor and four other key members of the Buckeye team would ever get caught. The Lord knows all things!