Tag:Jim Tressel
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:33 pm

Did LeBron James 'curse' the University of Miami?

By Matt Moore

Back in July, LeBron James' Nike brand announced a pretty sweet deal. He'd be expanding on his relationship with Ohio State to include Kentucky and Miami. That's a pretty great deal for James' brand to be sponsoring the official gear for three major universities, right? I mean what could possibly go wro...


James has been sponsoring the Buckeyes since 2007. He makes "The Decision," and in the following year the program goes through its worst NCAA violations scandal and their legendary head coach resigns.  

Well that's not so bad, and it's not like the other two universities have gone through any... oh.

James moves to the Heat and the following year the University of Miami suffers arguably the worst reveal of recruiting violations in the history of college sports. Yachts, strippers, prostitutes, it's all there. That's two down.

Kentucky, unbelievably, is the clean one here. Whether it's fair or not, if you'd put odds out two years ago on which of those three schools an average person would bet would have recruiting violations, Kentucky would probably have been the best bet. 

So what can we take from James having sponsored two out of three programs with recruiting violations and massive scandals on their hands? The clear answer is that James is cursed. 

Yes, there's really no way around it. Clearly "The Decision" has cursed LeBron James. After all, his team only made it to the Finals, and lost, and he was a big part of it by "shrinking" from the moment. He's reviled as one of the least popular athletes in the world, and everything he does is broken down and mocked. On top of it, James' curse seems to extend to those he has business deals with. Ohio State, University of Miami, they may just be the tip of the iceberg. What if it was James' affiliation with his endorsement deals that impacted the companies he's in business with, and that caused the stock market fall? What if LeBron James is destroying the very fabric of the universe? We have to save ourselves!

So has LeBron James cursed the U and The Ohio State University?

No. Come on. Don't be stupid. 

In reality, those programs made sense for James from an economic and brand perspective. He has ties to Kentucky through Calipari and William Wesley. He's from Ohio, even if Cleveland is of course not a fan. And he lives in Miami. It's just a coincidence that this happened and has no connection to the sponsorship deal. 

We think. 

Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:24 am

LeBron James stands behind Tressel, OSU

LeBron James comments on the resignation of Jim Tressel at Ohio State. 

Posted by Matt Moore

MIAMI -- Yes, LeBron James is still being asked about things in Ohio. Following a shootaround Tuesday morning, reporters asked James to comment on the Jim Tressel situation at Ohio State. Yesterday, Tressel resigned in advance of a new set of allegations that trace recruiting violations back to 2002 and beyond.  James, being from Cleveland, and a known Ohio State fan, was asked about it, because if there is anything tangentially related to James, he will get asked about it. About six times. When asked about Tressel, James was supportive of both the coach and university. 

"He's done some great things for that university. It's unfortunate all the allegations and things that have come out in the past year," James said."Everyone in Columbus and Ohio knows how important, how great he was for the team and university.

James, for his part, is pretty supportive of the Sweater Vest and OSU: 

"I wish him the best, and the organization. Hopefully the university will come back.  It's one of the best universities we have in America." 

James understands what it's like to have everyone jump on you, but oddly, Tressel might do more to harm Ohio sports than James did, but Tressel will still be considered a God no matter what and James will still be the devil. That's what a difference a championship can make. 

Consider what Eye on College Football's Adam Jacobi wrote Monday about the question of Tressel being "worth it": 

The highest of highs. The lowest of lows. The situation's not quite over yet, but what amount of punishment would make Tressel's ten-year tenure not worth it to Ohio State? After all, the entire point of college football is to play for national championships and to beat the living daylights out of your rivals, and Jim Tressel did that in spades. Ohio State's on a streak of seven straight BCS bowl game appearances. Seven. Even if the NCAA hands down a postseason ban of a couple years--and there's not a whole lot about this situation right now that appears to warrant such a ban--is that really enough to put a cloud of shame over the Tressel Era forever? Would no college football fan endure two years' probation for 106-22 in the 10 years prior?
via Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'? - CBSSports.com.

Makes you wonder if LeBron had won the title in 2009 or 2010 if the level of disgust, hatred, and envy would have been the same. We'll never know. But at least James isn't "repping 'The U'" or something.

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