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Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2011 1:06 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last decade he's gone 106-22 with seven Big Ten titles and a national championship. Against Michigan, he's led his team to a 9-1 record, and has sent countless players from his school on to the NFL. All are wonderful accomplishments that make sure his name belongs beside the great Woody Hayes as one of the best football coaches in Ohio State history.

Unfortunately that name, Jim Tressel, will likely evoke some other images besides on field success years from now. Much like so many people remember Woody Hayes' name for the time he punched a player to put an end to his career, Jim Tressel's legacy could face the same kind of fate.

Now a lot of people will remember Tressel for his seeming lack of control or his flaunting the rules over the last year. First there were the revelations that Tressel's players had been selling and trading merchandise for discounts at a tattoo parlor, which was only made worse when we found out that Tressel knew about it months before Ohio State reported it to the NCAA.

That story, deservingly, put a huge target on Jim Tressel. It was a blatant and unacceptable skirting of the rules by the head coach. One, that if done by any other college football coach in the country without the accomplishments of Tressel, would have resulted in that coach being fired. But not at Ohio State where the school's president, E. Gordon Gee, was too busy making jokes about whether or not Tressel would fire him.

I don't think Gee or many others at Ohio State are still laughing.

Not with the story that broke on Saturday morning involving a couple of Columbus-area car dealerships, one salesman and a lot of Ohio State players and family members buying cars. Now, this isn't a situation that can be placed solely on the shoulders of Jim Tressel, but the entire compliance department of the Ohio State University. I mean, it's possible that the Committee on Infractions could find out that Ohio State players received discounts on numerous cars, and that Ohio State's compliance department approved of the purchases. That is the kind of thing that happens before the NCAA says those words that no school in this country ever wants to hear.

Lack of institutional control.

While it may not be fair to pin the blame for this latest Buckeye mishap squarely on Tressel's sweatervest, the fact is that right now, the best thing for Ohio State to do would be part ways with their head coach. He needs to go, and as I've already said, he already deserves to be fired for the way he handled "Tatgate."

There always has to be a fall guy. In sports, in business, in politics, in just about every walk of life. As the public face of Ohio State football, Tressel is that fall guy. This latest compliance disaster may not be his fault, but by firing Tressel, Ohio State could save itself some larger sanctions from the NCAA.

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Make no mistake, there will be sanctions coming from the NCAA and the COI. If USC could be held responsible for Reggie Bush's car, then you have to think Ohio State will be as well. When the NCAA does get ready to come down on Ohio State, if it sees that Jim Tressel is still the head coach and has survived, it will look like Ohio State is sticking a certain finger in the air at the NCAA, the COI and college football in general.

From outside the NCAA perspective, the longer Tressel sticks in Columbus, the longer the media will continue digging into any other possible transgressions that may have taken place under Tressel's watch. As long as he is there, there will be media scrutiny, and as we've seen in recent months, the media has a tendency to be a better watchdog than the NCAA itself. And who knows what is left to be uncovered? Considering we first began hearing about questionable behavior at Ohio State under Tressel with Maurice Clarett in 2003, you'd be naive to think that these cars and those free tattoos were the only times that Buckeye football players possibly broke NCAA rules over the last eight years.

There are a lot of dark clouds over Columbus right now, and they won't be going anywhere for a while. Still, the sun is going to break through at some point, and the sooner Ohio State says goodbye to Jim Tressel, the sooner the sun will reappear.

 

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Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Fornelli is just another sports writer trying to make a name for himself.  It's a good thing all of us working people don't have to live with the "off with his head" mentality that these guys trhive on.  So the players "had been selling and trading merchandise for discounts at a tattoo parlor"... SO WHAT!!!!  O.M.G.!!!!! what kind of a perverted criminal mind would allow such a thing!  Tressel must have brainwashed his players into performing such a sinster act of violence! 

Maybe Fornelli should go....



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I dont think he gets fired either.  If he was going to be it would have happened already.  I think he should.  I think this is whats wrong with all sports.  Its okay to lie and cheat as long as you are a winner.  michigan cheated by too much practice.  can you imagine how bad we would have sucked if we didnt?  We got rid of our problem.  Will OSU do the same?  No they wont.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

You did dominate OSU in the Cooper era but since the modern era of football OSU has a winning record against your blue ones,it's nice to know you like Carr,I do also even though he coached for you guys but many of you,make that most Wolverine fans wanted his head at the end of his career and he retired a couple of years before he should have because of it.I'm not here to condemn any man or person or here to judge,in this case I am just a football fan and don't believe what Tressel did was nearly as bad as the media has made it out to be even though he did do a wrong.OSU  has been winning for what 30,40 50 60 years now and this all they got on em?I'll take that record and let the media beat on us and get their jollies and soon it will be over and regardless of who the coach is we will be a team to reckon with as we have been for many moons,so kick us and kick us hard while we're down because we won't be down for long.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Not only does Tressel not deserve to be fired, I suspect he will not be fired.  If OSU were going to do that, they would have already done it.  And it hardly seems reasonable that he did not receive some kind of private assurance before he "lawyered up," as CBS terms it.  My guess is that he does survive this media onslaught.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

First off I loved Carr.  I would take him back in a blink of an eye.  Go down with the ship.  If you are a true fan you should.  Your kids may have made a few mistakes as we all have but I cant believe they were the same level of mistakes.  if you do the same at your job you would get fired.  I know I would at mine.  But hey if you want a guy who lies and cheats teaching its okay to do so thats your right.  GO BLUE!!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I am sure it all started with Clarett a back in 2003.   But I knew hew was a douche when he and Pryor jerked us around until the last minute and declared for OSU.  I would choose all the feebies over having to practice more that I was suppose also.  The man is dirty.  Just like the the players he tried to cover for.  osu fans are having trouble facing the truth.  tressel was good for you esspecially against my woverines.  But dont forget how we ruled Cooper.  Sooner or later you will be back to losing and all will be right in the world again.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Agler....you might be right in assumption that Tressel goes,but us Buckeyes will go down with him because we stick together unlike you little p**** Wolverines,hell you booed Carr in your own stadium and treated him like a stray dog as you led him to the door after all he did for U of M. and he is a class act.My kids are grown and they made mistakes along with friends and family and myself, so if I can forgive them and be forgiven I sure in the hell can forgive a football coach.Screw Blue and GO BUCKS !!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

I like how all you OSU fans are circling the wagons around the Vest.  But make no mistake your boy is going down.  And nothing is going to stop it.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

You are the clown.  Would you be so supportive of this man had he been the Wolverines coach?  I think not.  He made a bunch of mistakes.  Not just one.  He lied and covered it until there was no other choice but to come clean.  I have been a UofM fan all my life.  While I cant stand your team I always thought Tressel was a stand up guy and all around good coach.  He no doubt knows how to do his job.  The problem is like any program that is big time and wins alot he probably thought he could handle this and it wouldnt get out.  Well jsut like any other program you cheat enough you get caught.  Good luck suckeyes.  e Michigan fans look forward to beating you after the sanctions are lifted.  That way you cant use excuses.




Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Ohio State needs to part ways with Tressel

Mr. Fornelli, I know sportswriters aren't expected to have much mastery of grammar or syntax, but Tressel FLOUTED the rules, he didn't FLAUNT them! Check your dictionary BEFORE hitting the SEND button next time. BTW, Tressel and the whole OSU cesspool are all DIRTBAGS!


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