(The Spread) – “Tattoogate” involving Jim Tressell and the Ohio State football program has not affected the Buckeyes’ national title odds in 2012.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com list Ohio State’s odds to win the 2012 National Championship at +1500. Two weeks ago the Buckeyes were +1600 and when the odds opened several months ago, they were +2000 on the money line.
The allegations against Tressel are that he knew several of his players were trading memorabilia for tattoos at a local Columbus parlor. In fact, the original Yahoo! Sports report claims that Tressel knew about what was going on a full eight months prior to the NCAA handing out a six-game suspension to those players, which includes star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
If Tressel knew, there’s a chance that the NCAA can punish him. What kind of punishment would this entail? That’s unclear at this point but there’s a possibility that the university could fire him.
If that happens, Ohio State’s odds would change in a blink of an eye. They’ve gone to six-straight BCS bowl games under Tressel and two BCS national championships during that time. If he were to leave the program, the Buckeyes would be in disarray – especially considering Pryor and Co. would be suspended for the first six games of the 2011 college football season.
Update: Tressel has been given a two-game suspension and will serve a fine.