The headquarters of New Jersey Nets was the latest stop for these two Buckeye basketball players Tuesday, and it was obvious the scandal has come up repeatedly after the seniors showcased their talents for next week’s draft.
Pryor was suspended for accepting improper benefits, such as cash and discounted tattoos, and he eventually left school. Before that, the scandal led to Tressel’s forced resignation. The coach acknowledged knowing his players were taking improper benefits, but covered it up for more than nine months before university officials discovered his knowledge.
“It’s an unfortunate situation,” said Diebler, the Big Ten’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (374). “Coach Tressel is a great guy. Terrelle Pryor is a great guy. I think the general perception from the public is these people are not good people (for) what they did to the program and this and that.
“Did they make a mistake? Yes. But are they bad people? No.”
However, he had no inkling anyone was receiving improper benefits or getting cut-rate tattoos. He said the situation caught him off guard, but he insisted that football players are not running amok breaking rules.
“Not at all, not at all,” Lighty said. “Things that people see are not what you always see or hear until you know what is really going on. When everything is said and done, people will get a better idea of what happened with the whole situation.”
“He is a great guy. What happened is unfortunate,” he said. “I thought I would never see the day he would leave Ohio State University. I wish him nothing but the best, and I am sure he does the same for Ohio State.”View Entire Story
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