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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: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

To have a real suspension for a coach, the coach should be required to stay away from all team activities for the length of the suspension. Anything less is a sham.
I agree with this but I think you might be looking for something in what he said that isnt there. I can gtd you that Jim Tressel isnt going to be involved the way he is right now in the football program while he is on suspension.  Hes not going to get in the way of Luke coaching this team for the first 5 games. Will he offer advice and help out?? probably if asked but JT certainly wont be running the show



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Wow.  Well done.  You are very articulate.  I actually graduated from The Ohio State University in 1989 and I have done nothing more in Ann Arbor than drink beer prior to an OSU-UM game.  That's all I have.  Your argument speaks for itself.



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Last comment aimed at PghMick



Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

U r a gutless panzy.... probably a UM grad.  This is totally overblown by media.  Tress has kids at heart!



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:50 pm
 

24/6 is a Sham

When a player is suspended and can't play in a game, their impact on the game is clear. Their ability to practice during the week does little to help the team win on Saturdays. 
If Jim Tressel is allowed to coach the team six days a week then sit at home to watch the game on TV, the consequences are not as significant.
Tressel would be allowed to install the offensive and defensive game plans, choose the starters, even script plays for the first series of each half. About all he wouldn't be doing is deciding when to call timeouts. 
To have a real suspension for a coach, the coach should be required to stay away from all team activities for the length of the suspension. Anything less is a sham.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I really love when the media KNOWS that hes not going to say anything becuase of the ongoing NCAA investigation yet continue to take shots at him for not saying much.....Dodd if YOU have a job then Tressels job should be safe



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

keep digging Dodd-the doomsayer. you think you hit gold, but its nothing but dog $#!t.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

So, your argument is:  Yeah, Ohio State cheated but Auburn cheated more...or something.  There are no degrees of cheating.  If one is a cheating liar, they are NO different from another cheating liar.  Defending Ohio State by comparing their level of cheating to another school's level of cheating is no defense.  At the end of the day, Ohio State still cheated.  This needs to be acknowledged, dealt with (with the appropriate firings), and MY school can move forward restoring some measure of dignity.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodd is a buffoon, to say the least. But I must admit its more fun reading the panicking Ohio State blog posts on how there to big and powerful for anything to happen....Maybe they are but with the witch hunt going on against them with the national media involved....you don't have the money to do squat to calm them down until they get what they want and that is Tressel's head.

I also agree on lets move on to Auburn, I can't wait to see the bumb Newton and his fake cheated title get pulled from the pile thats coming out of there. Ohio State is water under the bridge compared to the storm about to set in on Tiger land.




Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Not sure if this happened to anyone else and really don't care all that much but i have been a 99 for the past year..but the minute i start bashing into Dodd and Doyel, I am taken down to a 98.  I comment on things 10 times a day so involvement has nothing to do with it. I have noticed alot of people who are fans of teams in the big 10 with similar scores....any correlation????


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