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Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:13 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been nearly 48 hours since Yahoo's story about Jim Tressel covering up Ohio State violations first broke, and I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed with the reaction of Michigan fans everywhere. I've found that when you have no dog in the fight, watching two fan bases go at each other, particularly ones in a rivalry as fierce as that of Ohio State and Michigan, is some of the finest entertainment on this series of tubes we call the internet.

As I scour the internet today, though, there's a surprising lack of "LOL" coming from the Michigan side of the rivalry. I mean, considering all the fun Ohio State fans had with Rich Rodriguez, who only made his players practice more than they should, and was labeled a cheater, isn't this when Michigan fans should be unleashing hell upon Buckeyes everywhere?

Making matters worse, there's this quote from new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

"[Jim Tressel's] a good man, and I have a lot of respect for him, and they'll fight through that situation, and it will have no effects on the rivalry," Hoke told the Detroit Free Press. "I've known Jim Tressel a long time. He's a quality guy, a doggone good football coach, and I don't know that situation," Hoke said. "I know what we're focused on at Michigan."
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He's a good man and a doggone good football coach? That's the best you have, Michigan? I know that Jim Tressel publicly supported Rich Rodriguez during his NCAA investigation, but I think we now know why The Sweatervest did that. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and what not.

I mean, this is supposed to be one of the greatest rivalries in college sports, if not sport itself. You guys are slipping. This love-fest is giving the rivalry more of an Iowa-Purdue "we needed a rival for both these teams, so we gave them each other" feel.

Step it up, Big Blue.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:54 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Since Brady is the new guy in the Conference makes no sense to gain enemy's from the conference on the mistake Tressel made.  Plus, Tressel did support Rich Rod and the UM.  RPM born Buckeye

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:27 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Personally, I think the reason many Michigan fans are staying quite is the severity of the problem. This issue in Columbus could blossom into something bigger than just players selling items for tattoo’s.

I’m hearing rumors of a federal investigation involving drugs that is somehow connected to the University, or player on the football team. It’s never good if the Fed’s are involved. It one thing poking fun at a rival and another to pour salt into the wound.

All is good with the rivalry, come November I will despise every member of that state for at least one day.


Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:45 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Hey Reputation:

This coming from a dehard Buckeye fan. The whole thing with Tressel makes 98% of the Buckeye faihful sick.  The 2% who thinks he did nothing worng, or somehting minor - live in another world.  I am glad you found a coach who gets what your traditions and school are all about.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:21 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Brady Hoke is a class-act! I thank god hes the University of Michigans new football coach....Go Blue this whole matter with Tressel makes me sick!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:16 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

like any good Michigan fan would know about OSU fans,  we are much better than them and would never stoop to their level.   We're good,  they're evil,   we're polished,   they're rednecks

Hoke handled it perfectly!!!!!

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:52 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

what does no dog in the fight mean?  Shouldnt that read fight in the dog?  Anyway, this is just the beginning for OSU.  I would be surprised if this was the only fallout from Columbus. I like Tressel (to conservative) he gets the least out of the most, but I smell some more problems on the horizon for Tressel.  There will be more violations uncovered soon.  (Drug trafficking anyone?)  Just a hunch

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:22 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'


Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 1:14 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'


Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:59 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

You want it Tom, you got it. Iv'e been a Michigan fan for 40 years. I hate the $%#%eyes. They have the most unintelligent fan base, no class for opposing fans that come to their university, and the top arrogance out of any school. They rival the U for the most criminals in the past 25 years to play for the school. There's nothing that makes me happier, than to see this program fall to the bottom. I hope the hammer comes down on them. I have built some houses in Michigan for some %$#%eye's and every single one of them was an     &nb
sp;    %$#hole. %$# the whole %$#^eye nation. And what is this THEE Ohio St. University? like we are supposed to confuse you with another one. %$#%heads!

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:54 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Really...what was Hoke supposed to do? Rant and rave and make himself look like an idiot a la Rex Ryan? He's got a program to fix and he knows it. Better to keep your mouth shut, go about your business and let others spout off at the mouth so as to confirm that they're idiots.

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