---A day after Jim Tressel's forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his succession of used cars. The salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several vehicles said in a sworn affidavit released by Ohio State that he didn't offer any special deals to Buckeyes.
---St. Francis product Doug Worthington, pictured above, has been implicated in a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that forced Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel to resign on Monday.
Sports Illustrated.com reported late Monday night that Worthington, who played at Ohio State from 2005-09, is one of 28 players – 22 more than the university has acknowledged – involved in the scandal. According to SI.com, Worthington traded or sold Ohio State memorabilia before his eligibility expired according to a source who is referred to in the story by the pseudonym Ellis. Worthington is mentioned on page 3 in the article.
Others named by Ellis as players who traded or sold memorabilia before their eligibility expired are defensive ends Robert Rose and Thaddeus Gibson, wide receivers Lamaar Thomas and Ray Small and running back Jermil Martin.
Through his agent, Worthington declined to comment to SI and attempts by the Buffalo News to reach Worthington this morning were unsuccessful.
In this article published by the ozone.net on May 4, Worthington supports Tressel: “He looked out for his players, and rightfully so. Obviously, they got him where he’s at. As far as the whole FBI situation, he did what’s best for those kids. They didn’t tamper with the FBI situation. There’s a lot more than sports writers and other people could really fathom that’s a lot higher than sports.”
Worthington was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad last November.
---Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who met with coaches and players this morning to announce his resignation, was encouraged to resign, sources told The Columbus Dispatch.
Less than three months after President E. Gordon Gee and Athletics Director Gene Smith said they fully supported their embattled coach, mounting pressure, a pending NCAA disciplinary hearing and new revelations about the culture of the program forced the university to act on their once-revered coach, sources said. University officials wouldn't confirm that Tressel was asked to resign.
This will set a chain reaction that will open up at least two BCS coaching jobs. Here's one thought: Nebraska's Bo Pelini goes to Ohio State which clears the lane for Turner Gill to freturn home to Nebraska. That leaves Kansas to go after a rising star like Toledo's Tim Beckman. The Rockets would then hire a hot BCS assistant. See? Simple.
---The Cleveland Cavaliers are the big winners in this year's draft lottery and here's an early mock of the first 14 picks:
1. Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke - It's time for The Recovery in Cleveland. 2. Minnesota: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona: Could jump to No. 1. 3. Utah: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky: Coach Cal develops NBA ready PGs. 4. Cleveland: Enes Kanter, PF, Turkey: Difficult to contain in the low post. 5. Toronto: Jonas Valanciunas, PF, Lithuania: Has grown four inches in four years and is now 6-10. 6. Washington: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic: Would have been a top 10 pick last year. 7. Sacramento: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn: Another Ben Gordon. 8. Detroit: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas: Needs to find a position. 9. Charlotte: Donatas Motiejunas, C, Lithuania: Add weight and you'll have Pau Gasol. 10. Milwaukee: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado: Very athletic guard prospect. 11. Golden State: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo: Best rebounder/defender available. 12. Utah: Chris Singleton, PF, Florida State: Can defend multiple position. 13. Phoenix: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU: Perfect for the Suns offense. 14. Houston: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas: Could be selected higher.
---This year’s Sporting News College preview just arrived at my door – I received a free copy since I wrote the MAC preview – are here is the predicted order of finish for the league:
East 1. Temple 2. Miami (Ohio) 3. Ohio 4. Akron 5. UB 6. Bowling Green 7. Kent State
West 1. Northern Illinois 2. Toledo 3. Western Michigan 4. Central Michigan 5. Eastern Michigan 6. Ball State
In the Rating the MAC section, UB’s Steven Means is the best interview, while linebacker Khalil Mack is all-league. The recruiting roundup, written by TSN’s Brian McLaughlin, ranks the Bulls class 11th in the conference.
1. West Virginia 2. South Florida 3. Pitt 4. Cincinnati 5. Louisville 6. Syracuse 7. UConn 8. Rutgers
In rating the players, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones was named the player with the best instincts while the Orange’s recruiting class was rated seventh. Jones, OL Justin Pugh, and DB Phillip Thomas were all named All Big East.
Top 10 1. LSU 2. Oklahoma 3. Bama 4. Stanford 5. Oregon 6. Boise State 7. Florida State 8. Ohio State 9. Texas A&M 10. Nebraska
Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, hhas covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.