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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: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:58 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Really Dodd? You write on the OSU "scandal" again....but not the Auburn players taking money? You are a major tool and a joke of a writer!

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:55 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I must be part of the 17% who do NOT support Jim Tressel.  I am a fan and an alumnus of Ohio State.  What the university president Gordon Gee, the AD Gene Smith, and, of course, Jim Tressel have said and done (or not done) is absolutely appalling.  The school that I love is now a national joke--and should be.  The three aforementioned men should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.  Tressel should have been fired when this first came out.  That he retains (for the moment) his job continues the embarrasment.  As for those "fans" who continue to blindly defend this trio of admitted liars and cheaters, I can only say that they do not truly care about Ohio State.  Ohio State is an excellent academic institution that is now being run by a football coach.  I passionately want OSU to win every game as much as the next "fan".  I do not, however, enjoy my alma mater being dragged through the muck because of the concerted, institutional actions of three deceitful employees.  In my opinion, any "fans" of Ohio State should be sad and embarrassed by what is happening.  The last thing these "fans" should be doing is defending these liars.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:51 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

The SEC puppet "writers" on this site continue to fish haha, this keeps getting funnier.

Psst ... you may want to swing over to Auburn, much more to see there kids.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:44 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Thank you, Dennis.  I would like to know if Tressel will fire President Gee before Tressel himself gets the axe from the NCAA. 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:26 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Give me a break! Can these guys write about anything else? I think their constant haranguing of Jim Tressel is going to backfire. I already saw a poll which says 83% of Ohio State fans stand behind Tressel. You would have thought he committed a crime against society.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:24 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

 here is something else to write about for a while, since apparently you are running out of material.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:44 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Can i get paid to write for CBS, i am sure i can come up with some BS like thsi article..

But beyond that, the media is grabbing. They want information, but like OSU has told them, they can't comment on an on-going investigation. Thats happens everywere. So how about we sit back and just watch, i know we are all impatient, but spring training is starting. Spring games are going to be played, snow might actually stop falling, things are looking good. When this hits, it hits, OSU can't control what happens now, only the NCAA can. So might as well not bother with it until there ready to rule.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:34 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

osufanke, i agree that gee has more to worry about...according to him, he has to be worried if tressel is going to "get rid of" the university's president!

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:31 pm
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Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:21 pm

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Where is the Dennis Dodd guide to throwing sh!t on a wall hoping it sticks?

Iowa workouts? Ignoring HIPPA laws?

Tubby Smith to Oregon, scratch that...... Auburn?

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