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Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:01 pm

There are senators in D.C. who are now signing up for "The Jim Tressel Filibuster Method: P-90X Stonewalling, the ultimate workout."

What occurred at lunchtime Wednesday in Columbus brought down a further shroud of secrecy over a coach known for both his shrouds -- he calls them sweater vests -- and secrecy. Ohio State's embattled coach surprised few and talked to many by saying absolutely nothing in his first media availability since his reconsideration of a two-game, self-imposed suspension earlier this month.

Tressel spent approximately 22 minutes at the beginning of his spring press conference revealing, well, nothing. He referenced the "catastrophe in Japan" and the long snapper situation, but the 800-pound gorilla in the room went unmentioned. Really, what did you expect except a few morsels for serial tweeters to dissect?

"I haven't really had those reflective times in the last couple of months." No ----!

"We're very fortunate to have a tremendous group of five kids." Well, not for the first five games.

The money-shot question was asked right at the end of the 50-minute presser: Will the five-game suspension stand? "That's the last thing I could talk about," Tressel said.

Clearly, because no one, including the coach, knows if Tressel will be able to coach at all in 2011, or ever again at Ohio State. It's not like the NCAA doesn't have anything to do enforcement-wise these days, but Ohio State has to be at the top of the list. The association must decide before the season on Tressel. The fact that it took him two self-imposed suspensions to get it "right" has to be a factor. So do the forwarded e-mails to a 67-year old businessman in Jeanette, Pa. businessman who knew Terrelle Pryor's name had popped up in a federal drug-trafficking investigation before the Ohio State president and AD. The plot thickens. The issue now is not only when did Tressel know about the Buckeye Five but when did his superiors know it?

If you read between the emails, er, lines Wednesday, it's clear Tressel is preparing the world for the Luke Fickell era. After those 22 minutes, Tressel turned the microphone over to the linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator. On Wednesday, the 37-year old Fickell was promoted to assistant head coach and interim head coach. You read here that Fickell should get that title when Tressel has to give up the job. 

"What I owe to Ohio State is 24/7," Tressel said alluding to the fact he cannot coach on game days for those first five weeks. "I know as the season begins next year it may be 24/6."

Levity. Great. At the end of the presser, it was refreshing to know the coach didn't violate anyone's confidentiality -- again. Ohio State should know that this scandal has just begun, but the response is going to be completed quickly.

"No little storm, no big storm is going to affect what we've done," Fickell said.

Wanna bet?

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Since: Apr 3, 2011
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Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:52 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Jesus Christ Dodd! How many more days can you and your cohorts keep piling on this small, insignificant story?

Until Tressel admits he lied multiple times and resigns. Until the Outlaw State University is punished for the transgressions of its football CEO.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:02 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

@chazmonk--"The only ones that know the truth are OSU and the NCAA.  Oh, and the NCAA knew about this long before the idiots of the world,.i.e., Dennis Dodd, got wind of it"

What kind of statement is that.  You say that only OSU and the NCAA know the truth, then you come out and make a completely baseless statement, like you know the truth.  When are you claiming that the NCAA knew about this, and how do you know it to be true.  It looks like an awful lot of hopeful speculation on your part, and it makes you look foolish. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:58 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I don't know how you guys continue to miss this but.....Dodd, Doyell, Ratto, et al are not 'reporters' required to be fair and balanced.  They're columnist paid to give their opinion, generate website hits and get people like you and me to call them idiots and insist they get fired.  For some of's clearly working.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:00 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I don't think people are trying to misdirect the media angst as you call it from OSU...I think, that over the course of the past few weeks, this is all Dodd is speaking about and yet other stories with the same ramifications are occuring and the coverage has been spotty.  Look, if you are going to be an objective on all these big stories, dont just single one out.
The SEC cheats, the Big 10 Cheats, the Pac - 10 are right, every team is involved one way or the other.  And if you read my last sentence in my comments, I am very clear....FIRE Tressel and FIRE Smith.....I think that is a fan owning up to the fact that there clearly was "cheating" occuring at OSU.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:52 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I love how OSU fans are just trying to misdirect all of this media angst.
"But... but the SEC cheats!"
Give it up. Just about every team cheats in some way or another. OSU is going to be under scrutiny until Tressel is fired. Even then, investigations may continue. Just own up to it. Your coach tried to cheat the system. It makes you and your school look even worse when you don't even acknowledge that fact.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:46 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodd is a moron and a little more than an OSU basher....he is an OSU hater.Dodd, you have spent more time on this story than you have spent on the Auburn story......I can only assume the reason you dont want to really touch this story is b/c CBS is the home of the SEC and you are afraid to get your handslapped by your "boss" for saying anything negative about this school and what is going on there.
And yes, I am a Buckeye.  And yes, I think Tressel and Gene Smith need to either step down or get fired.  Unacceptable for both of these guys.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:36 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodd is a idiot, why do you even have a job in sports writing, you should try to be fair and balanced and report accurately. you are a joke to everyone i know on CBS, to bad you dont know. get a clue jerk. And i am a die hard Buckeye, you haters.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:30 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

"Hilarious how the buckeye fans are all riled up at Dodd for printing truth, they can sure wail on other programs though"

What truth are you talking about Skippy??  The only ones that know the truth are OSU and the NCAA.  Oh, and the NCAA knew about this long before the idiots of the world, i.e, Dennis Dodd, got wind of it.  This is ALL speculation on your part and the medias part.  Know one is above reproach, but the word "dirty" and "cheater" is getting bandied about like they have no meaning.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:24 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

First, this wasn't a "confession" interview and Dodd, to no surprise of anyone, is a complete idiot for thinking Tressel was going to throw everything out on the table just to make Dodd happy.

Secondly, and I've said this before, remember where we are ladies.  SEC, I mean CBS, the SEC's network.  Dodd and his ilk will ALWAYS gloss over the criminal conference down south, where impropriaties happen on a daily basis.  This conference has cookie jars on the coaches desk full of bills to give to there players.  How else would you explain the talent the SEC loads up with every year.  You think they are actually good schools??  Funny.

It just doesn't get any worse then Dodd even though all the media is pileing as well.  Tressel did wrong, his punishment fits the crime, and throwing out inuendos like you all think you know "something" just makes you look ridiculous. 

Now, how about that interview on HBO about McCluster and Auburn.  Oh, yeah, it's the SEC.....

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