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Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 1:06 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last decade he's gone 106-22 with seven Big Ten titles and a national championship. Against Michigan, he's led his team to a 9-1 record, and has sent countless players from his school on to the NFL. All are wonderful accomplishments that make sure his name belongs beside the great Woody Hayes as one of the best football coaches in Ohio State history.

Unfortunately that name, Jim Tressel, will likely evoke some other images besides on field success years from now. Much like so many people remember Woody Hayes' name for the time he punched a player to put an end to his career, Jim Tressel's legacy could face the same kind of fate.

Now a lot of people will remember Tressel for his seeming lack of control or his flaunting the rules over the last year. First there were the revelations that Tressel's players had been selling and trading merchandise for discounts at a tattoo parlor, which was only made worse when we found out that Tressel knew about it months before Ohio State reported it to the NCAA.

That story, deservingly, put a huge target on Jim Tressel. It was a blatant and unacceptable skirting of the rules by the head coach. One, that if done by any other college football coach in the country without the accomplishments of Tressel, would have resulted in that coach being fired. But not at Ohio State where the school's president, E. Gordon Gee, was too busy making jokes about whether or not Tressel would fire him.

I don't think Gee or many others at Ohio State are still laughing.

Not with the story that broke on Saturday morning involving a couple of Columbus-area car dealerships, one salesman and a lot of Ohio State players and family members buying cars. Now, this isn't a situation that can be placed solely on the shoulders of Jim Tressel, but the entire compliance department of the Ohio State University. I mean, it's possible that the Committee on Infractions could find out that Ohio State players received discounts on numerous cars, and that Ohio State's compliance department approved of the purchases. That is the kind of thing that happens before the NCAA says those words that no school in this country ever wants to hear.

Lack of institutional control.

While it may not be fair to pin the blame for this latest Buckeye mishap squarely on Tressel's sweatervest, the fact is that right now, the best thing for Ohio State to do would be part ways with their head coach. He needs to go, and as I've already said, he already deserves to be fired for the way he handled "Tatgate."

There always has to be a fall guy. In sports, in business, in politics, in just about every walk of life. As the public face of Ohio State football, Tressel is that fall guy. This latest compliance disaster may not be his fault, but by firing Tressel, Ohio State could save itself some larger sanctions from the NCAA.

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Make no mistake, there will be sanctions coming from the NCAA and the COI. If USC could be held responsible for Reggie Bush's car, then you have to think Ohio State will be as well. When the NCAA does get ready to come down on Ohio State, if it sees that Jim Tressel is still the head coach and has survived, it will look like Ohio State is sticking a certain finger in the air at the NCAA, the COI and college football in general.

From outside the NCAA perspective, the longer Tressel sticks in Columbus, the longer the media will continue digging into any other possible transgressions that may have taken place under Tressel's watch. As long as he is there, there will be media scrutiny, and as we've seen in recent months, the media has a tendency to be a better watchdog than the NCAA itself. And who knows what is left to be uncovered? Considering we first began hearing about questionable behavior at Ohio State under Tressel with Maurice Clarett in 2003, you'd be naive to think that these cars and those free tattoos were the only times that Buckeye football players possibly broke NCAA rules over the last eight years.

There are a lot of dark clouds over Columbus right now, and they won't be going anywhere for a while. Still, the sun is going to break through at some point, and the sooner Ohio State says goodbye to Jim Tressel, the sooner the sun will reappear.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:00 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

With all the "digging " the media has done the past 6 months and they haven't found anything by now I don't see them finding anymore....the party is over media circus you can all chase another rabbit,and I'm quite sure OSU could care less what a 2 bit writer like this one thinks it should do.OSU is much bigger than a second hand writer from CBS Sportsline,and personally I don't believe many Buckeye fans care either.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:57 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I am sick of this BS. Tressel needs to man-up. He got caught doing bad things for college football, coaching, and the trust being an influence for young adults and needs to resign. Just get this issue closed now because its beating everybody up. His reputation is in ruin and he needs to man-up and move on. Go get a tattoo and take that classless Terrelle Pryor back to where he came from.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:26 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I am a lifelong Buckeye and have been back and forth on this. Two weeks ago I wanted Tressel gone and Pryor gone as well. I have changed my mind now. It would break my heart to see Tressel leave. I hope they keep him. As for Pryor I would love it if he never played another down. I have not liked him since he flip-flopped during his recruitment and when I found out he sold his awards I liked him even less. Call me bias if you like (because I am) but keep Tressel and ride out the storm.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:25 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

No one EVER gets this straight.

Woody Hayes didn't punch Charlie Bauman. He grabbed him at the collar and appeared to try to choke him. There is no question that Hayes grabbed Bauman by the collar with his right hand, then reached up and had his left hand either on the collar or the throat. Hayes had both armes fully extended with both hands at the area of Bauman's neck when he was pulled away. This is not a punch. If Hayes never actually choked Bauman, it wasn't for lack of intent.

Its a 5 second search on Youtube to get the video, and only moments more to watch the interception through the sideline action. How is it that no sportswriter seems capable of actually viewing the incident before they write about it?

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:15 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

this just keeps getting better and better cheating will catch up to you like lying how much more is there this guy is the first one to scream foul. Ihope this guy gets canned.. but wait they wont do that they run the NCAA.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:48 am

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

This just gets worse and worse for Ohio State.  The Tattoo Five were just a pre-shock before the main shock that is about to hit.  Tressel is so afraid of what may happen that he ran out and hired an attorney.  The Ohio State Compliance Committee is now in deep water and going down in a hurry.  The two dozen or so car deals, made at two different dealerships, but by the same salesman, is going to sink Ohio State.  Lack of institutional control is aparently very real at Ohio State, though it should be more properly addressed as institutional blessings on illegal activities.  The longer Tressel is there, the worse things are going to get for Ohio State.  Tressel admittedly kept information from the NCAA and the University.  In other words, he ran a dirty program.  He had to cheat because no matter how well his teams did against other Big 10 teams, they could not defeat any SEC team, or teams like USC.  Ohio State just could not compete with the best teams in the nation.  Tressel got desperate to win, so he turned his back on what were obvious violations.  He had to cheat to finally defeat an SEC team.  It is now time to pay the piper.  Ohio State certainly will have wins forfeited.  They will certainly lose recruits because of this ongoing investigation.  Tressel will be the butt of many more jokes, especially when Ohio States goes on the road.  Who knows what other penalties will follow, but more are on the way.  Tressel did well at Ohio State, but he could not defeat the great teams.  That finally got to him.  he could not stand always being the bridesmaid and never the bride after the 2002 season.  He had to depend on a convicted felon and a terrible call to give Ohio State their only National Champinship.  Sorry Tressel and Ohio state fans.  You guys could never cut it.  You could never legitimately get to the top.  Now it is time for Tressel to go, and Ohio State to start over.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:41 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

If Bruce Pearl should (have) been fired (which he deserved to) then why is Tressel even still the head coach? O thats right, his name is Jim Tressel and he coaches OSU.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:51 am

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

 How much does an Escolade cost in Columbus, Ohio? Answer: 2 tickets & a Jersey. Think way back Mr. Tressel to 1987...can you say SMU Football. Buckeye Athletics are going down in a ball of Flames. Liar Liar, red vest on Fire!

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:38 pm

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I am huge Buckeye fan, matter fact Coach Tressell signed my retirement card from the United States Air Force.  There only one way out now that is step down on his own.  The Alethelic Directory and Almuni probably will not agree, but this probably the best way out for the program.  Coach Fickell, can take the raynes or coach Heacock.  Turning a blind eye is what got Ohio State in trouble with Coach Cooper.  The program will not have trouble find a coach.  Good Luck.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:35 am

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Buckeyes untill Jim Tressel  is fired or resigns from Ohio State the football program is going no where ever again! Im a michigan fan and love the rivelry between the schools. Your recruiting program will go to pot and im sure the 5 or 6 recruits you have committed for the 2012 season will bail as long as Tessel is still coach.Force him to resign buckeyes and take your punishment so that the school can pick up again and get on with it. No replacement coach will touch Ohio State untill the school cleans up its act!..........Go Blue

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