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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?

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:09 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

So what Dodd is saying is that Auburn's pay for play scandal is less significant than Tressel's press confrence. ????? I don't get it. Pay for play is the worst crime in NCAA yet Dodd wants to hang OSU and Tressel every chance he gets, I guess when a program has as much sucess over the last 10 years that OSU has enjoyed, a chink in the armor is all slim balls like Dodd needs.

Hey America AUBURN PAYS ITS PLAYERS!!!!!! Yet the story is buried in the back pages!!!




Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:03 am
 

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?



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:02 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

So there's nothing new from Tressel and nothing new from Dodd, either. What a worthless article. Thanks for telling us about something we already knew about 3 weeks (or more) ago. It's the offseason, Dodd. If you can't come up with a decent article maybe you should take a vacation. I hear the Caribean is nice these days.



Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:53 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.
Not an OSU fan....at all! But I will never take any of Dodds articles seriously. The guy is the worst writer on a major website. He has no ethics at all and all he tries to do is tear down Big 10 programs without any rational logical thoughts. Auburn and the SEC can do what ever they want he won't write a thing about it, but a player in the Big 10 gets a hang nail and he wants to make it front page news.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:27 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Hilarious how the buckeye fans are all riled up at Dodd for printing truth, they can sure wail on other programs though.</blockquote>

ditto<br />




Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:16 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

The NCAA again has targeted a team outside the SEC and given them a fair punishement, while teams like, oh to name one, Auburn, don't get punished for their HEISMAN winning QB knowing FULL WELL what his father was doing. I am not going to say what tOSU did was right, at all, but there has got to be some consistency on the NCAA's side. And Dennis Dodd, try being fair from time to time.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:22 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodd printing the truth?  hahahahaha (By the way, April Fools Day is tomorrow so you're early).  So is this the article (obsession) you have been working on to avoid thinking about all the SEC pay for play stories that are coming out?  I guess the SEC commissioner already gave Dodd and Doyel their money handshake.



Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:04 am
 

Dodd and his cronies getting old.

Not an OSU fan but even I grow tired of the constant badgering of coahces by the media.  Once they decide they want someone fired they will not quit writing negative pieces until it happens.  Gets to the point to where guys like Tressel become sympathetic figures.  What did he really do?  Not much when you think about it.  A five game suspension seems fine to me.  He told the mentor of his best player that he might be getting into some trouble.  How horrible!  Yes, he should have told his superiors...the cover up is always worse than the crime, but it's well past time to move on.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:06 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.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:54 am
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I agree with you.  I am a very loyal fan but right is right and wrong is wrong. 

Very good post!!!!



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