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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: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

This is how idiotic, ignorant and dumb this clown, Dodd, is. He answers his own question in his own article. For the record the press conference was for spring practice. Not for the scandal.

 Tressel spent approximately 22 minutes at the beginning of his spring press conference revealing, well, nothing.

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

Dodd, why would he talk about something he does not know about????? And again, I think these writers work on commision. How many responses they receive on an article they write. I love the alluring headline as well.....just to draw more saps in. Like me!!!!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

I agree the original infraction was minor and likely would have resulted in a 1 or 2 game suspension for the players involved.  The "small little cover up" is a major issue to the NCAA, since you have the head football coach of "THE" Ohio State University, which is apparently the bastion of truth, integrity and higher education, deliberately withholding information to keep players eligible for the season.  Unlike this year, OSU's opponent in the second game was against "The U", and although they probably could have still won the game without those 5 guys, Tressel didn't know that and did everything he could to make sure those players played in that game.  You are also correct that players at all of the other major university’s have done things far worse than trade swag for tattoos, but their coaches did not make up poor excuses and lie when confronted when those allegations came to light.  Stop sticking up for the guy and move on with Fickell, that is if he isn't in on the cover-up as well.




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

For starters, the President of a major academic instituion has far more to worry about that the rule breaking of the head football coach.  This isn't one of the many football factories that thrive more on athletics than academics.  Being that OSU is a self-supporting athletic program, Gordon Gee is more concerned with the every day University operations rather than the football team.
Nice shot at the OSU basketball team, hating at it's finest.
Who cares who Tressel told.  I love how everyone is crying for Tressel's job.  Get over it and worry about your own programs.  The truth is, Fickell is the best assistant in the country.  And Buckeye national can't wait to see him as the top dog.  We've been raving about this guy for 4 years.
The problem is that everyone wants to dig deeper...there is not a SINGLE school in FBS that is perfect, atleast not one that competes at the highest level.  If this is all they can find on JT, I feel pretty damn good about my program.  This is championship rings for tattoo's...and a small little cover-up.  That's all you could find?  Sounds pretty clean to me.




Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodds is just plain dumb!  The reality is that at every turn with the NCAA Ohio State has offered self reports, open books, email accts. etc.  Follow program after program... Auburn's lack of openess w/Cam situation to major violators USC, and Bama a few years ago...  Stonewall, evade, give as little as possible is standard respnse.  Ohio State runs an open program... when trouble is found, it is faced to the fullest! Nice try!



Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Ohio St, Auburn (football) and Connecticut (basketball), the NCAA needs to get some b.... and take immediate action on these programs.  And not just a slap on the hands.  But as in the past, are the names (and money) involved too big???



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

"Ohio State should know that this scandal has just begun, but the response is going to be completed quickly."

I really do not understand this line from Dodd.  I think the truth is just the opposite.  I think the scandal is over, the chatter will last forever, and the response from the NCAA will still take months.  I cannot imagine what other information could come out of this, other than maybe he did tell someone else at tOSU.  I know some fans have hinted at this, but there is no proof or hint of that, other than the supposed nod.  The NCAA sure does have a lot on its plate now, so who knows when they will get to what.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Bring back John Cooper!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:42 pm
 

This Guy is a Joke!

OSU should let this guy go before he causes any further damage to the university by continuing his CYA campaign.  Dodd hit the nail on the head when he mentioned:

"The issue now is not only when did Tressel know about the Buckeye Five but when did his superiors know it?"

Suffice to say that OSU's head comedian in charge errrr..... president of the university probably was clueless regarding the incident involving the players, as his performance at the first presser indicated that he operates from a "don't ask, don't tell" philosophy.  The AD is not much better as he was probably too busy worrying about Selection Sunday months in advance to care what the football team was up to.  (By the way OSU nice showing in the Big Dance).

You know damn well that Tressel told some, if not all, of his assistant coaches about the issue in an effort to reign in the nefarious activities of the Buckeye 5.  That is unless you believe in Tressel's holier than though facade, and truly think that he kept this information tight to the sweater vest.  If he really cared about OSU and his players he would have resigned today and allowed the university and the team to move on and put this distraction behind them.  Alas, he hasn't learned that the cover-up at this point is only going to get worse as the truth is slowly revealed by others.




Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Dodd, Tressel will not be fired.  No matter how many wish-list articles you write he will be coaching the Buckeyes come November



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Ohio State coach Tressel comes clean. Not really

Fire the guy already ... then we can move on to dealing with Auburn, or not!


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