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Jim Tressel won't be resigning

Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If it wasn't obvious before, it's pretty clear now that if Jim Tressel is not the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes next season it won't be because he stepped down from his posiiton willingly. It was reported on Friday that Tressel had hired the former chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, Gene Marsh, to be his lawyer.

But nothing indicates quitting is part of Tressel's thinking right now. And Gene Marsh, the former chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions who has been retained by Tressel in recent weeks, agreed with that sentiment in a brief interview with The Plain Dealer on Friday.

According to conversations with others in the past week, Tressel's intentions, like it or not, are to stay with his players and continue what he sees as his mission at Ohio State.

Which, in my opinion, is incredibly selfish of Tressel.

I've already let my feeling be known about Jim Tressel and what his future at Ohio State should be, writing last week that Ohio State should part ways with its head coach. Then there was former Ohio State Buckeye Chris Spielman who said he would be surprised if Jim Tressel were still coaching the Buckeyes in 2011, and that he also thought there would be "more stuff coming out." 

There truly is nothing good that can come to Ohio State by Tressel refusing to step down. His continued presence may not only bring a harsher penalty from the NCAA -- which Ohio State would deserve seeing as how it never fired him -- but also continued scrutiny of the school. Think of the damage that has been done to Ohio State's reputation in the college football world over the last few months. The worst part of Ohio State's old reputation was that it could win the Big Ten, but it couldn't compete with SEC schools on the BCS stage. Well, after finally beating an SEC team in Arkansas at the Sugar Bowl in January -- a win that itself was overshadowed by Terrelle Pryor and other suspended Buckeyes being allowed to play in the game -- Ohio State has only seen its image become one of a program gone awry.

While talking to The Birmingham News, Marsh said that he thought Tressel's history and record would benefit him during the investigation.

"Obviously, the track record should matter because some people's track records are good and some people's track records are bad," Marsh told the paper. "I was on the committee for nine years. All I can say is it always mattered to me."

Does Marsh mean the track record that former Buckeyes running back Maurice Clarett first tipped us off to seven years ago? Sure, back then we may have brushed off Clarett's comments because of the source, but the things he claimed were taking place at Ohio State then -- free loaner cars, payment for jobs he didn't have to do and payments from boosters -- sure do ring a bit of a bell now, don't they?

Comments

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

I guess you were wrong on the Tressel thing.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

You say the same opinion over and over.  What you think "SHOULD have" happened over 10 years - is nothing more than a jaded opinion a loser michigan fan.  Setting up meetings and "giving them" cars is CRAP amounting to more CRAP. 

Tressel was not found guilty of what you claim at YSU
.  That is the FACT.  
Tressel wasn't found guilty because HE WASN'T THERE ANYMORE, once the facts came out regarding Ray Isaacs and Micky Monus.  Instead Youngstown State's football program took the hit.

This isn't an opinion -- it is a fact.  Micky Monus was a friend of Tressel.  Someone who he allowed on the sidelines for every practice and game at YSU.  Tressel set up the meeting between Monus and Isaacs -- This is all on the court dockets from when Monus was under a federal investigation for 'irregular bookkeeping'.

If i was just stating an opinion -- I would have said 'I THINK', or said, 'In my opinion'.  Everything I've typed is fact though.  Tressel wasn't punished because nothing could be proven UNTIL the federal investigation went down on Monus.  By that time, Tressel was at Ohio State, but this all occurred when he was COACHING Youngstown State.


Also -- I've already stated -- I'm not a die hard Michigan fan -- I root for them when they play, as I was brought up with parents who cheered for them.  I didn't go there and have no affiliation with the school.  I graduated from Olivet College for undergrad and Eastern Michigan for my masters.  I am more a big ten fan than anything else, as that is what is around here in michigan.

The thing that makes me laugh though, is the OSU fan base talking about Tressel as if he is squeaky clean and better than anyone else.  I think that is a joke.  He cheated when he was at YSU, but got away with it, as the charges were brought down after he was gone.  Since he has been at OSU -- no other school has more NCAA violations -- though most are minor, he has had a star RB spill his guts out about how things work at OSU.  OSU was able to dodge a bullet with those accusations, but in the following years -- EXACTLY WHAT CLARETT STATED has happened again.  Troy Smith getting paid for a job he didn't have to go to.  Santonio Holmes talking about money handshakes.  The Tatto Five selling off items and autographs for cash and tattoos.  Pryor getting busted with "loaner cars'' 3 different times for speeding in three different cars.

Is Clarett the next Nostrodamus, or was he telling the truth to ESPN the Magazine???  Money for jobs you don't have to go to?  Check.  Money handshakes from boosters?  Check.  Autographed jerseys for free stuff?  Check.  Loaner cars?  Check.




Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

And I don't even like the stupid buckeyes. 

People need to get some real perspective!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

Tressel was the coach who SHOULD have taken the heat for the Lack of Institutional control violation at YSU -- Only reason he didn't is because the facts came out AFTER he had left for OSU.  Go look up Micky Monus and Ray Isaacs.  Tressel is the one who set up the meeting with Monus and Isaacs.  Monus was Tressel's friend and after Tressel left -- it was found that he was paying players during Tressel's tenure there as well as giving them use of cars.


You say the same opinion over and over.  What you think "SHOULD have" happened over 10 years - is nothing more than a jaded opinion a loser michigan fan.  Setting up meetings and "giving them" cars is CRAP amounting to more CRAP. 

Tressel was not found guilty of what you claim at YSU
.  That is the FACT.  

      
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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:57 am
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

 Tressel has ran a clean program while seeing that over 83% of his players get an deploma. That is one of the highest in the nation. Tressel messed up big time for the 1st time in over 25 years of coaching college ball. Tressel has also reported more player violations than any other football program since he has coached at Ohio State.
Not sure where you are getting your numbers for OSU graduates -- but according to the #'s reported in 2010 -- OSU was tied with Auburn for 16th out of the top 25 football schools with a 63% graduation rate.  The ONLY school with a graduation rate of 83% or higher was Stanford with an 89% graduation rate.

Also, you couldn't be more wrong about messing up for the 1st time in 25 years of coaching.  You are talking like OSU's program has never had an problems, as well as Youngstown State.

Tressel was the coach who SHOULD have taken the heat for the Lack of Institutional control violation at YSU -- Only reason he didn't is because the facts came out AFTER he had left for OSU.  Go look up Micky Monus and Ray Isaacs.  Tressel is the one who set up the meeting with Monus and Isaacs.  Monus was Tressel's friend and after Tressel left -- it was found that he was paying players during Tressel's tenure there as well as giving them use of cars.

You also seem to forget -- you had the entire Clarett debacle.  The same Clarett who said players were paid for jobs they didn't do, received cars for autographs, etc.  OSU deemed him to be mentally unstable.  Yet since then, Troy Smith was bust for............getting paid for a job he didn't do.  The Tatto five were busted for..........getting shit for free for autographs.  Pyror was busted three times for speeding in three different 'loaner car'.  Guess whose jersey is hanging in the auto dealership autographed.............PRYOR'S.

Either Clarett is nostrodamus or he was telling the truth before OSU threw him under the bus.  LOL

Also when your football program leads the NCAA in violations, though they have been able to skirt any real major one's -- it doesn't scream I run a clean program.  Especially when there has been so much talk from former players about money handshakes, grades they didn't deserve, cars they couldn't afford, etc.



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

The thing I can't understand is how everyone is making comparisons between USC and OSU?  The two cases couldn't be more different.  

USC's program permitted an atmosphere which allowed boosters and agents access to its players while ignoring the consequences, thus
lack of institutional control.

At OSU, you have 5 kids who sold a few of their rings, trophies and jerseys for discounts on tattoos.  Then you have a coach who attempted to ignore these minor infractions, but came clean when confronted.  A coach who is facing his punishment and disgrace like a man. 

Pete Caroll on the otherhand is still lying when confronted and has denied complete accountabilty.  He fled to the nfl and has not been disgraced.  He is a coward.  




Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

I can't believe how many people in this country STILL get this story backwards.  i'm not blaming you, Odenated, many people have been told the wrong story, and you can thank the media and the internet for that.


Hey dummy........   Reggie Bush took money from everybody.  So did OJ Mayo.  USC, the coaches, even that idiot AD turned a blind eye.  They failed to self reported and instead denied EVERYTHING.  That is why they got hammered.  The new AD knows this, which is why he hired a real compliance dept and is allowing for anonoymous reporting which is stupid. 

The moral to the story is don't get caught.  And if you do (USC) don't flaunt it.  Act like you are doing something (suspend or toss kid).  And never read the emails (Tressell).  




Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Dear Sid,

Does your post illustrate the value of said diplomas?  Or is literacy still a requirement at OhStUn?
Tressel has ran a clean program while seeing that over 83% of his players get an deploma. 
Could this be comparable to the LibLeftLeader's determination to "see that" an even higher % of illegals get a voter registration card?
 



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Questions Opinions

Since the vast majority of comments here seem to show most fans (even casual ones) believe nearly every major college program skirts every rule they feel likely to get away with, and every coach or athletic director is hell-bent after the last dollar the fans will cough up, let me ask – Are the NCAA investigators and infractions committee members really likely to be operating on a higher level of morality?

Related question – for a hired gun to keep one's @$$ from reaping its just rewards, Who better to wield your sword than a past member (chairman, no less) of that committee?  I.E., someone who probably knows enough about each investigator or committeeman to ruin their own career and reputation, or at least to drag them through the same hellish scrutiny to which they subject member institutions.

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 Opinion on some of the recent high profile situations and personalities – Messrs Carroll, Pearl, Tressel, Chizik, Calhoun, Calliope, etc. all bring to mind a comment I heard about the central character in the most prominent scandal of that time:
He reminds of a snooker player I once knew – so good that he could win against any of us – BUT HE'D RATHER CHEAT!
Hint: the comment was made over a bridge game in the faculty lounge during the early fall of 1974.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Jim Tressel won't be resigning

While the author may be right that Tressel should leave, why would Tressel ever quit?  The president of the school is afraid of him and the entire state of Ohio thinks he is a god, no matter what he does legal or illegal.  Why leave?  

The only reason whatshisface got fired at Tennessee is because he stopped winning at the level they desired.  If Tennessee basketball had made the elite 8 or better, he would be still walking around in that god awful orange coat....


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