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Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 1:06 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are plenty of people out there who don't feel as if Jim Tressel should keep his job at Ohio State following everything that we've learned about the Buckeyes in recent months, myself included. The thing is, no matter how strongly anybody feels about Tressel's job, there are only a couple people who actually have the ability to relieve him of his post. One of those people is Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, and it doesn't exactly sound like the thought of firing Tressel is something he's considered. 

The Big Ten held its spring meeting on Tuesday in Chicago, and Smith was asked if he still supported his beleaguered head coach.

"Oh, definitely, no question," Smith told Adam Rittenberg. "I haven't changed, I haven't changed. But I'm not talking about the case beyond that."

Tressel also received support from fellow Big Ten head coaches Pat Fitzgerald and Mark Dantonio during the spring meetings, as well as the newest Big Ten athletic director Tom Osborne. In fact, Osborne found no shortage of words when it came to praising his old friend.

"I don't really know enough about [Ohio State's situation]," Osborne said. "I do know Jim Tressel, and I believe that Jim's an honorable person. There will be those who will criticize me for saying that, but I think I know Jim's character. What happened, I don't know a lot about the details. I certainly hope for his sake that things turn out OK, and for Ohio State."

It seems pretty obvious at this point that if things don't turn out all right for Jim Tressel, it won't be because Ohio State decided to punish him.
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Hey Skreffty,  feel like you voted the wrong man in office?  About time you admitted it... he went on his "apologize for America" tour when he 1st took office.  You're a few years late.. but at least you see the light.  I guess with Olbermann off the air you are starting to breathe fresh air.  You can finally start thinking for yourself & see what you and your liberal elitist friends did to this country.  Don't fret, you can help fix this soon enough.
Hey Dabigdouche,

I couldn't be happier with my vote, and for those of us who enjoy things like "facts" and evidence", we know the economy (and individual rights) agrees as well.  In just two short years the Big Government Corporate subsidizing economic freefall has been reversed.  Well at least until Big Spending Boehner and his corporate cronies took the house.  Then of course, those loons, who ran on a platform of reducing the deficit, immeditely doubled it by renewing the "tax cuts" for the top 2% (read: GOP politicians of course).  Now with Beck off the air maybe you science-hating education-attacking extremists can finally think at all, or are you to busy chasing down birth certificates, WMDS, fake swift boat accusations, etc.?  Or better yet, read a book (if Palin hasn't banned or burned them all yet lol).  I have to wonder why you and the rest of the trailer dwellers call anyone with an education over 9th grade "elitist" - does that make you feel better about yourself when you are watching wrestling while beating your wife/sister?  Baaaaaaaah go the right-wing sheep.  Just do me a favor okay, stay away from federal buildings you freak.  Typical that far right-wing extremists would support Tressel.  Just look at TARP and Enron, you lunatic fringers just can't stand accountability.  Quick pop quiz - who armed Afghanistan?  Iran? Iraq?  Libya?  Syria? Noriega?  I will give you a hint - it wasn't "liberal elitists".  Will someone please show this short busser how to use his bold function? 



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Skreffty says:  
Ohio State = Everything wrong with America.... full of apologists
I'm glad you got someone tp read that for you.  Nothing gets by you huh?  Now if your mommy would show you how to use the bold button...



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:26 am
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel



From a bitter KU fan to a gaggle of Husker haters, it's amazing to me how people can turn a story about the misgivings of Jim Tressel into a rant about Tom Osborne. But then again, in the case of the Jayhawk, I might be a little frustrated too if my overall record was 23-90-3 against Nebraska in football.

First and foremost, Osborne neither condemns nor absolves Tressel with his remarks. Osborne has made a statement about his personal experience with Tressel. Even though Tressel is as guilty as the day is long, unlike the rest  of us, Osborne isn’t willing to try Tressel in the court of public opinion.

For the rest of it... 

The Lawrence Phillips incident, when it occurred, did not sit well with many of Nebraska’s fans. People could not understand (including me) why Osborne did not cut ties with Phillips after the incident. But Osborne stayed true to his convictions. He was the one who brought Phillips to campus. He made the same promise to Phillips’ family that he did with every other recruit. His mission was not only to develop football players but people of good character as well.

In hindsight, given Lawrence Phillips subsequent legal problems and current incarceration, even Osborne admits today his efforts were a lost cause. Nevertheless, as with all his players, he wasn’t willing to throw the baby out with the bath water when things got tough.

Osborne knew Phillips would have nothing if he had put him out on the street. Instead he created the structure that he believed would benefit Phillips. Phillips remained with the team but was suspended from competition. Phillips did play in the bowl game that earned Nebraska a national championship but not before Nebraska had the game in hand.

Lawrence Phillips was a glaring failure. He betrayed the trust of everyone that extended themselves to help him in college and beyond. However, it has been Osborne’s same belief system that has made the difference in the lives of any number of young men that have played for Nebraska.

Fortunately for Kansas, they now have a coach in former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill who shares the same values and beliefs as Tom Osborne. Gill, in his brief time at the University of Buffalo, experienced unprecedented success with their football program. Here’s hoping he does the same for KU.

And as anyone from Huskerland will tell you, God knows Tom Osborne isn't perfect but that doesn't stop Him from asking for advice. Go Huskers!



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:36 am
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Gene Smith cannot openly admit to supporting JimTressel's legal team because his basketball predecessor Jim O'Brien would file another lawsuit regarding his wrongful termination that he was not afforded good legal support.  It's a very ugly situation.  I am beginning to wonder if the OSU will not terminate good Christian honest Jim Tressel's contract because of how ugly the divorce was between O"Brien and the OSU. There was no question that O'Brien was a scumbag, but he was still awarded a handsome settlement.  Gene Smith is now getting a taste of what it is to be the AD of a school with a powerful athletic department supported with rich boosters.  This same athletic department sees NCAA violations as the nuisance of doing business.  They liken the NCAA as to the roaches the exterminator missed during his last visit.  Maybe deep in Gene Smith's conscience, he wishes the NCAA would do his job for him so the OSU will not have to deal with Tressel's lawsuits.

I speculate that some rich booster will help honest Jim Tressel's legal preparations and the OSU will watch from the sidelines.

As for Tom Osbourne's statement of support, it shows that there is still honor among thieves.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:03 am
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

As soon as I see"t"OSU I stop reading.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Hey Skreffty,  feel like you voted the wrong man in office?  About time you admitted it... he went on his "apologize for America" tour when he 1st took office.  You're a few years late.. but at least you see the light.  I guess with Olbermann off the air you are starting to breathe fresh air.  You can finally start thinking for yourself & see what you and your liberal elitist friends did to this country.  Don't fret, you can help fix this soon enough.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Skreffty says:  
Ohio State = Everything wrong with America.... full of apologists 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel: Ya think?  When your coach is 106-22 in ten years and is 9-1 against Michigan, nothing short of a triple murder conviction will make Ohio State administrators even remotely consider firing the Sweater Vest.

However, if the NCAA tells Ohio State in effect that "although we (the NCAA) don't have the power to fire the Sweater Vest, if you (the Ohio State administration) don't, we will impose penalties so severe that you will wish you had", Ohio State will have to pull the trigger.

This is the ultimatum the NCAA gave Tennessee in regard to the Bruce Pearl situation and the school folded like a deck of cards.

Additionally, it's going to be very difficult for the NCAA not to put the wood to Ohio State after the punishment it just imposed on USC and that only involved one ineligible player.

When you compare that sitation to one in which a high profile coach knowingly played FIVE ineligible players for an entire season and didn't inform ANYBODY in the school's administration about it, this is going to be way beyond ugly.

I would not want to be in any Ohio State administrator's shoes at the NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing in August.

The best possible outcome Ohio State can hope for is the forfeiture of the entire 2010 season and somehow the Sweater Vest is allowed to keep his job.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Gene Smith supports Jim Tressel

Isn't L S Who already on probation as well?


There's a difference between LSU/Miles and OSU/Tressel.  LSU/Miles self reported and took action.  Tressel tried to cover it up so OSU couldn't take any action.

Who do you think is more likely to get some leniency?


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Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 8:36 pm
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