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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: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:37 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Nothing to see, keep moving.  I bet the NCAA will give Ohio State 10 extra scholarships and coupons for free tattoos...I'm just saying

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:36 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Come on Ohio State fans just because you want it to go away means it will. This is the exact same rheotoric we heard and read from USC fans before they were sentenced. Of course the president has more important things to worry about but you are delusional if you think this situation is not a big problem for the school/athletic program. I have a friend who is a big time Ohio State fan and when this story first broke he thought it was much ado about nothing. He doesnt now. Jim Tressel signed on the dotted line with the NCAA that he knew nothing about the situation. What started out as a minor problem has snowballed into something that surely could have been avoided had JT just let his bosses know what was going on to begin with. He chose not to and made matters worse by lying about it. How many coaches and athletes have to be taken down before they realize just TELL the truth and all will eventually be forgiven...see Bruce Pearl. So just because you downplay the story doesnt mean the NCAA will. Obviously not happening. So Jim Tressel and the school have no one to blame but themselves for this situation. Maybe if they had done the right thing and not allowed the players to play in the Sugar Bowl you might have managed to sweep all of this under the rug and handled it inhouse but you couldnt do that because you knew if they didnt play you would in all likelihood not beat Arkansas and as it was you almost didnt WITH them. You had a chance then to show your school had integrity; you chose to let them play and get the proverbial you couldnt beat an SEC team monkey off your back.  I hope it was worth it. How the NCAA will dole out his punishment I havent a clue. What is clear is that they will do something. Hopefully it will be sooner not later.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 7:08 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I just returned from Ohio (Toledo) and lower Michigan and this isn't that big a story there,even the Wolverine fans I spoke to didn't say much,it's old newas,CBS Sports is blowing this thing up,the rest of the country doesn't really care about OSU.They are more concerned with what is going on with their school or favorite team and the NCAA basketball tournament.When I listened to sports radio in Ohio and Michigan it wasn't an issue last weekend and the first of this week,I don't understand why Doyel and Dodd can't seem to find something a little more interesting to write about than the same story every week but with a little different spin or angle on it... Do these writers hate Ohio State and Tressel that much?,...let it go Boys...the Buckeye Nation is fine regardless of what happens.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:59 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

When the smoke finally clears on this sordid affair, Jim Tressel, Gene Smith, and Gordon Gee will all bid adieu to Columbus. All will likely resign voluntarily with "dignity" at the end of the day. The same type of nonsensical, laughable posts preceded the eventual demise of Pete Carroll and Mike Garrett. All the USC diehards and frat boys whistled by the graveyard, poo-pooed, and posted on this board in denial. The USC debacle was inevitable, just as this current situation at OSU. It's coming. It's not going away. The Tressel Era is over. The sooner the hardheads come to terms with reality, the better it will be for them. As for OSU, they will rebound, but only after a few years of putting Humpty back together again. Regarding the future of Tressel....perhaps Lynyrd Skynrd said it best. "Oh that smell, can't you smell that smell?" Dead man walking.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:45 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

 Sorry MEN OF TROY  I meant no slight  I have no idea who TOSU plays early .I do know its not conference. My thoughts are  he tried to cover up problems got  caught and will get a slap on the wrist because the NCAA favors TOSU

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:42 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Sure the NCAA has balls!!!!!

The NCAA has Video Games, Shirts, Jerseys, Video Games, Hats!!!!

The NCAA has the BCS, The NCAA has Terrelle Pryor's name, and any other great athlete from The Great Buckeye State!

AHHH, To be a not for profit orginization, that exploits kids!!!!

I dont know whats better, being the NCAA, or being someone that lives in a glass house, like the The haters of The Ohio State University!

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:36 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Longislandlax....First off, Miami will be good next year and playing in their house is not a free lunch.  On top of that, OSU plays Michigan State in the fifth game.  If you think they are a cakewalk then frankly're an idiot.  What Tressel did was WRONG...YES, you ALL are right.  What do you want him to do?  What would you do?  Honestly, in all honesty, what would you do?  The NCAA is still investigating the issue.  What more can Coach Tressel do in the present?  Hindsight is 20/20 man....20/20.  Either way, Urban Meyer has been chomping at the bit for the past few years to coach here.  He will probably be the next in line after Tressel..whether that be sooner or later.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:28 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Okay  I'll stay away for the game when we play the U of NOBODY  then I'll come back till the NCAA catches me again.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:25 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

If i say anything I have no chance at being Nat champs  They'll never find out  . Whoops  They did . Gee I'm sorry , I didn't know

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:21 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

If the NCAA has any balls  this guy is toast

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