Posted on: January 3, 2009 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2009 2:02 pm

Jim Tressel is a Tad Paranoid

PHOENIX -- Texas coach Mack Brown: classy.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel: ummm...

Brown: well liked, good man.

Tressel: Not in Brown's league in any way, shape or form.
After what Tressel pulled this week at the Fiesta Bowl, he should be ashamed of himself. He should apologize to a number of people, including Fiesta Bowl officials here. But he won't. Because he's arrogant and he's the polar opposite of Brown.

Tressel decided to break the rules by keeping quarterback Terrelle Pryor away from Fiesta Bowl media day. There was no reason given by Tressel. He did it because he could. Pryor has not been made available to the media since Nov. 22.

Maybe there's an excellent reason for hiding Pryor. If there is, Tressel isn't giving it. He just broke a BCS rule for the hell of it, I guess.

"My feeling is that he probably had something (to do) that would be more impactful on our cause," Tressel said, in trying to explain Pryor's absence, "and that was to spend time in the meeting room."

Wait. You mean Texas players aren't spending time in meeting rooms? Why did Brown allow his quarterback to meet with the media and not Tressel?

Is Tressel implying that Ohio State players have more important things to do that Texas players?

Brown followed the rules and didn't flaunt a sense of self-importance. Ohio State is the only team that I'm aware of in the entire BCS bowl season of who purposely hid one of its stars from the press.

Tressel has never felt the need to explain himself. He plays to his base, a group of fans who are as fanatic -- and at times abusive -- as any in college sports. Tressel knows he only has to satisfy them. So Tressel gives the middle finger to everyone else.

And Tressel's paranoia and fear of the press is ultimately self-defeating. By hiding Pryor he's sending a message to his team that he's uptight and in turn the team will probably play uptight on Monday night.

Please don't say that Tressel is doing this to protect his players. Pryor is the starting quarterback in a game that could have major national implications and these are the rules. Interviewing the starting quarterback is part of the process in these bowl games.

Pete Carroll is one of the most successful college coaches in history and his media policy might be the most liberal in the nation. Being cooperative and non-arrogant has really hurt the Trojans, huh?

There's Hollywood actors attending USC practices.

All that access has really destroyed the program, right?

I can guarantee you Carroll wouldn't be hiding his quarterback from the press. He's confident in his players and himself.

Again, Brown: class act all the way.

Tressel: ummmm...
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