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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: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:25 am

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

I think Hoke realizes the truth of what Bob Knight said yesterday on ESPN TV.  No one can follow all the NCAA rules.  Knight said he had never heard of this one (selling memorabilia).  It reminds me of the fire marshal who told me we can shut anyone down -- we have enough rules. 

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:08 am

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Hoke needs to say how great Tressel is sos when he loses to him, he lost to a great coach..not a bad coach.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:15 am

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Guys, I wonder if the Michigan players have stopped doing the "Hoke Dance" right about now. Hoke coming out to praise Tressel must mean that he thinks that he can beat him. Otherwise, he would be among those asking for him to be fired. If Hoke thinks that Tressel is a man of great integrity...I shudder to think about the morals of Brad Hoke. Brad Hoke....the new Rich Rodriguez!

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:43 am

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Would this so called "lovefest" between the 2 teams of the greatest rivalry in all sports be similar to the one that cbs considers the greatest rivalry, the Iron Bowl? Because I'm pretty sure that 20,000+ Alabama fans donated money to the "Tide for Toomers" charity. Now that's a lovefest!!

Don't get me wrong, tOSU fans, myself included deserve the beating we are taking from other fanbases. But to call it a lovefest because scUM is keeping quite? Remember, you said don't throw stones when you live in a glass house. You CBS writers (Pro SEC) all live in glass houses and always seem to stir junk up by spinning your lame stories to your advantage.

Step it up, CBSuck!!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:07 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

Lots of college football fans get on SEC fans all the time about sticking together, but this would not be one of those situations where that would happen.  I can only imagine the outrage and the posts if Nick Saban had done this.  The LSU nation would be all over Bama for this, and it would be relentless and get ugly.  I am sure that even Auburn fans, even with their current situation, would be all over Bama for this.  But, UM fans do seem to be taking it quite easy on what some call the greatest rivalry in the country.  Maybe it is still a great rivalry and the silence from UM fans may just be that they have been down for these past few years so they don't want to say anything.  Maybe RR broke their spirit, at least in the short term.  I am not trying to start anything here as the rest of the country has done a pretty good job of beating up tOSU over this, but it is somewhat surprising that UM fans have not said more.  I would say they are to classy for that, but I remember their last two coaching searches and many did not take it easy on LSU or Les Miles. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:35 pm

Brady Hoke calls Tressel 'a good man'

It's not really worth my time. OSU fans know how filthy their program is, and as much as they love to point out the last ten years, the totality of the rivalry shows you who really runs things. Hint: it's not OSU. They'd like to have our resume on and off the field, but it's not going to happen. And as far as academics go...please. Please do not compare the University of Michigan to Ohio State. Just don't do it.

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