Current Buckeye Responds to Small, Titus
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With Ohio State on media lockdown this spring, nary a peep from the players has slipped out of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center concerning Jim Tressel since his damning press conference back on March 7.
That is until now.
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“With all this continuous drama surrounding the program, I had decided to stay out of it by not saying anything publicly,” OSU senior Tyler Moeller wrote Saturday in his personal blog, TylerTime26.
“Which is why I deleted my Facebook page and have not been blogging…today I changed my mind.”
In the past, Moeller has blogged about things like going to the dentist and his fascination with toy trains, but something sparked a completely different kind of post from the sixth-year senior out of Cincinnati Colerain.
“My mom and I were sitting down talking today and she showed me all her new articles about me and the team – like I don’t know what is going on with the NCAA and the media’s relentless persecution of The Ohio State football program,” Moeller wrote.
“We came across video of the Ray Small TV interview where he retracted all those things about The Ohio State and our team.”
Small was hardly the first of Moeller’s former teammates to speak publicly about Tressel and the current turmoil surrounding Ohio State, but he has certainly become one of the most controversial.
Speaking with Ohio State’s student newspaper, Small told The Lantern that not only was he selling his rings and receiving discounts on tattoos and cars during his time as a student athlete, but “everyone” was doing it.
Small later recanted his story, saying the authors twisted his words, but it was too late. The comments had already struck a major nerve throughout the Ohio State football community, including Moeller.
“I guess if Ray Small is a credible resource to get all your information from then these are probably a figment of your imagination,” he wrote, followed by a picture of all his rings and Gold Pants trophies.
“I think many people, because of this new age of social media, have this perception that there is a big underground black market of Ohio State football memorabilia sold by current Ohio State football players. People believe we live our “lavish” lifestyles because of special discounts and selling of personal items.”
It was former OSU basketball player Mark Titus, who recently wrote about the “lavish lifestyles” of the school’s football players in his own Club Trillion blog. In his blog post, Titus said he didn’t believe that Ohio State football players could afford a car payment along with their other expenses, especially “when you consider that most of these guys lived lavish lifestyles when compared to your average college student.”
That comment apparently did not sit too well with Moeller, who wrote that he still drives a car his parents bought for him from his uncle.
“…and yea, if you think someone else was a good person to get information from, than you are probably jealous of my “lavish” lifestyle that includes going without (air conditioning) in my Olentangy Commons luxurious apartment for over a month. Yep…pretty lavish,” Moeller wrote as his pen dripped with sarcasm (technically it was a keyboard, but pen works so much better, doesn’t it?).
Moeller also wrote that his parents still pay for his cell phone bill along with auto and healthy insurance. He claims not to have been out on the town socially in “over a year,” and says that by the end of the summer he usually still finds himself asking his parents for a little financial help.
“Many kids that come into the program are not fortunate enough to have the support system that I do. I understand their hardship and until you walk in their shoes, maybe you shouldn’t judge them so harshly on mistakes they make when they are young,” Moeller wrote.
“I understand that NCAA rules are in place for a purpose, but can you imagine being a player and watching calendars and photos of yourself being sold and auctioned for lots of money, but you can’t even get a picture of yourself to hang on your personal wall unless you pay for it full retail?”
Moeller, who will likely start for the Buckeyes on defense this fall after missing most of last season with a torn pectoral, also came to the defense of his head coach.
“Coach Tressel is a better person than most people can ever dream about becoming and has helped me grow as a person since my first day at Ohio State,” Moeller wrote.
“Sadly, many just see a coach in a sweater vest that ‘lied.’ They miss the great man that gives back to the world 24/7 and helps young kids like me grow into men; even the ones that everyone had already given up on, like Ray Small.”
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