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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

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:25 am

I'm a loyal Buckeye but Tressel needs to go SOON

I want to be upfront that I have worked at OSU for 30 years and am a season ticket holder.  I have always held Tressel in high regard and had deep  respect for him.  While he has done a tremendous amount of good for the football program and the University (his millions donated to the new library) I strongly feel that no one is bigger than the institution.  The first press conference was a shambles of mistakes and cover-up.  How anyone could work here and say he didn't know who to go here with this information was just STUPID.  I would certainly know where to go if I was in such a quandry - why does he think we will buy what he was selling.  Plain fact, he played ineligible players and KNEW IT.  He then lied on multiple occasions about what and when he knew these things.  And then, he tried to cover it up.  Get real Buckeye fans - HE CHEATED.  We are no better than any of the other schools who cheat and much worse than other programs who fire people for violating this particular NCAA rule.  If I violated my contract here at OSU to the extent he did - I would have been fired and unceremoniouly asked to leave the premises.

I love this University and our athletic programs but give me a break !  I would rather lose every game for 5 years than knowingly keep a cheater as our coach.  The president of our university came off as a complete idiot at that news conference and the athletic director, previously held in great esteem,seems to have completely lost his way on this.  I will always support our teams, and this University, but I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed by all those who make excuses for Tressel's lack of integrity and his attempt to cover this up.  I can't believe winning at any cost is so important to the majority of Buckeye fans.  I am pleased that the number of those who share my opinion is becoming  a much larger and more vocal group especially here in Columbus.  So to all of those who are ripping on Ohio State fans, please know there are many, many of us who have been sickened, have had our hearts broken, and are extremely disheartened by the lack of integrity shown by OSU Administration.  I have no personal grudge against Tressel and believed him to be a fabulous coach and person.  He lost his way and then HE LIED.  I wish he would do the graceful thing now and just FADE AWAY.  The damage this has done to the program's reputation will take years and years to go away.  I hope Tressel doesn't take as long to go away.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:57 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

If tressel wasn't so well repected and so much power at OSU, he would be gone.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 1:51 am

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

It's utterly amazing and spot on to read the response of buckeye fans to this piece. Your coach is both a liar and a cheater, and yet you blame the author for pointing out those facts, along with Tressel's absolute hypocrisy. Any of you who chooses to defend this cretin is an embarassment to your fan base, but that's a damn low threshold.

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:55 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really


Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:24 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Will you ever be able to overcome your obvious Bias and write an article that is even fair or informative?  Your are the Faux News to Sportswriting?  Have you heard about the Real Sport show about certain SEC players getting paid to play?  No?  I know that you have but that is not bad for tOSU so your sorry excuse of a reporter will brush that off and try and suck every ounce that you can rom the Tressel story.

We get it.  He screwed up.  So did Auburn but I will be on ESPN to read about that I guess.

At least admit your obvious bias and we can all know what we are getting.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:13 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Well, Dodd, are you going to come clean about the fake sources you use?  Or that you aren't actually a journalist.  Well, we all know that one already.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:39 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Calling Jim Tressel clean in any way is like calling Jake Locker consistant and accurate.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:11 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

WAY too little. WAY too late.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:52 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I'd love for there to be something else to talk about.  It really doesn't matter what I want though.  While we are at it though, let's talk about reasons the NCAA has lost its' teeth.  The inability to adjust its culture to current day events.  They are wearing sunglasses made in 1955. 

I don't have a problem with Jim Tressel.  We do have a society that is too worried about what someone else has, or does not have.  It's all got to be equal.  But, there is no equality on any level.  This place got a penalty for this, so they should get that.  Cam Newton's Dad gets a hundred thousand, and is asked to stay away for a game, but these guys at OSU get a couple thousand and are suspended.  There is no line of consistency here.  I know the NCAA rules.  I went through the system, but really, as much as I think selling tradition for a profit lacks character, that is about all it is guilty of.  

The NCAA creates a culture where lies are motus operandi.  It is all in what they want people to believe and get away with.  OSU is no more guilty than the next university.  They are just the fresh meat on the table... for now. 

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:11 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Tressel is a powerful coach, and if he has to step down he will do so with dignity. Let the NCAA deal with it. Ohio State broke the rules. They have been and will be punished. Get over it. Find something new to talk about.

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