Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ulitmately, Jim Tressel was as deceitful as it gets

If Jim Tressel had reported the transgressions he knew about at Ohio State rather than make an attempt to cover them up, there is a high probability he'd still be coaching the Buckeyes.
If he had only practiced what he had been preaching, especially in the book he wrote, "The Winner's Manual: For The Game of Life."
As much fun poked at Tressel because of his sweater vests, I never viewed him as this outlaw coach or villain. Other than calling out Michigan when he initially got the job at Ohio State, which was good for the rivalry, he wasn't particularly outspoken. He was generally humble in media and public settings.
He wasn't Barry Switzer or Jerry Tarkanian in that you suspected immediately he was running a bandit program, although there has been smoke coming about the athletic program in Columbus for years.
It turned out Tressel preached one way, practiced another, and that there were Ohio State faithful, and those among the Big Ten family, who believed he was genuine.
Take the rivalry against Michigan, and much lesser to Michigan State, and put it aside. Tressel appeared good for the Big Ten. He brought the conference honor. It's sad in that sense he eventually brought the Big Ten ultimate dishonor.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tressel eventually had the target on his chest. Noone challenged his opinion on this - he was "god" on this campus.

I think it was a very low probability that he was a one-man coverup.

I think the Director of Compliance, the Athletic Director and maybe the President were aware of the coverup occuring.

They just did a risk assessment and figured they could minimize or maybe even avoid severe penalities. After all, the major guilty players comprised over 80% of the OSU offensive yards.

Now the NCAA must pound OSU with sanctions and maybe even take wins away. Wait until they get into the dealership free car giveaway for athletes.

It's sad how greed(money) takes place even when a program is in the 'cats-bird' seat.

The Big Ten conference and BCS bowl wins are big, big money even though it's shared in the Big Ten. You can't even quantify recruiting advantages.

Bad call, this risk assessment.

12:12 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think you are absolutely correct in that this runs much deeper than just the coach. Gee, Smith, others in the university offices and athletic department are culpable. They were the enablers.

10:34 AM 

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