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Posted on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 1:01 p.m.

Don't be like Jim Tressel and more on the Ohio State football program

By Staff

Jim Tressel's new reputation as a tarnished football coach should serve as a warning to every other college coach, DJ Gallo writes at

Gallo even provides a three-part plan on how coaches can avoid being compared to Tressel. Step one, naturally, is "Check out the parking lot."


Jim Tressel file photo

Three days after Tressel was forced to resign as Ohio State's football coach in the wake of an NCAA investigation involving improper benefits for players and Tressel's initial denial of his knowledge of problems, he remains a hot topic across the nation.

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Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 12:55 p.m.

Truly it has always been hard to look at Tressel because of his fashion statement, not to mention his surly personal insults towards the Maize and Blue football winning tradition. He wanted to dig our graves. However, on Memorial Day 2011, he resigned from his career coaching position thus digging his own grave. So when Michigan makes it to the Rose Bowl, be sure to throw some flowers on Jim Tressel's vacated desk. But those two other OSU guys trouble me some too, as they are both unkind to who we are. By that I am referring to athletic director Gene Smith, and that tiny giant, bow tie wearing, feisty irreverent Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee. Both deserve to be replaced, but perhaps it is better that they stay. This way we have more reminders to help psych us up for the yearly November matchup (not that we need much psyching to get ready). Those two guys are just as bad as Jim T when it comes to wanting hard times for Michigan. I refuse to place all the blame on OSU players.


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 12:48 p.m.

Doyel's responses to his hate mail are really, really funny. If you look at his bio, you will see that he trains for MMA on a recreational basis. It's pretty funny when he goes WWE on people who threaten him with physical violence. As for the media on Ohio, if it wasn't for the Lantern and fired radio personality Bruce Hooley, nobody would be doing jack to investigate TSIO. It is no mistake or lie that George Dohrmann said he did his investigation because the Columbus media wasn't doing their job. Apparently, though, the Dispatch has finally given the OK for their people to actually write something resembling the truth about their program. It's about time. I'm not holding my breath for them to break any actual news, though. I think they will just parrot what others are saying and do their best not to get TSIO into further trouble. The best thing in all of this: Dohrmann made a very off-handed comment to Dan Patrick in response to a question: "Yeah (laughs): there's more."


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 11:54 a.m.

Tressel was only a steward for a program with a long background of violations that is tolerated and enabled by weak administrative oversight at OSU. In Columbus, the prevailing attitude has been "it's OK as long as we're not caught and we beat Michigan". Until there's a change in attitude at the top at TSIO, it doesn't matter who they bring in as coach. The cheating will continue. Harsh penalties are the only way to get the attention of the Buckeye Overseers.


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 4:07 a.m.

I wonder if the NCAA will turn an investigative eye towards the OSU basketball program? There seems to be a booster culture there and I doubt it is reserved to just the football team. It is hard enough to have one major sport at an institution be in the top ten let alone two major sports. I also wonder about Luke Fickle and his knowledge of the goings on? Just wondering.


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 3:50 a.m.

The excess, the embellishment, the bad decision making, the failure to follow the rules, the questionable decisions and the attitude that I'll never get caught and the rules don't apply to me are somewhat understandable in todays NCAA. Lies, coverups and not taking responsibility once the crumbs from the cookie jar are found on your lip are not acceptable at all.


Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

To Michael at 5 ;39 You have a good point. The basketball scandal under Steve Fischer was very similar to the current OSU situation as was the situation at the Uni. of Miami in the 80's and 90's. At Miami they had rap stars on the sidelines during football games and the star's limos waiting at the player's apts. to take them to and from South Beach to party all night among other things like women to party with them. Look at Miami now, they still havn't recovered. Look at the history of our basketball program since the scandal. The history of college athletics is loaded with these examples and they just keep coming. The amazing thing is that they just keep coming. Coaches and administraters somehow either think they won't get caught or they just stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. Either way, they are doing a great disservice to their school and their fans. It may not be politically correct to say so but I'll say it anyway. Too many great athletes come from disadvantaged backgounds. These kids are more susceptable to the temptations laid at their doorstep when they arrive on campus with such great fanfare. Every athlete is told what the rules are, some atlhletes need extra education on the rules and maybe extra supervison. Some will brake the rules no matter what you do or say. Sounds like society in general doesn't it? To Michigan's credit, if I remember right, Steve Fischer and the AD were both fired. There wasn't this attitude that the coach will resign "in the best interest of the university" and the Pres. of the Uni. insisting the AD's job is safe. I read today in Ann that out of 8 Michigan employees involved in the extra practice situation only one is still at Michigan. My advice to OSU is clean House and do it now. You'll get a better result than if you circle the wagons and continue the coverup.

Steven Kovacs

Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 12:15 a.m.

Good analysis. The day the music died is when all these punk HSers were annointed stars. The riches, the parties, the recreational drugs, the felonies that were transformed into misdemeanors, the worhtless whores, the timid admission counmselors and the ass kissing tutors, and the apologetic coaches and administrators mirrored the Fall of The Roman Empire. Bread and circuses only go so far. We have met the enemy and he is us! Tom Paxton, Vietnam Potluck Blues.


Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 10:12 p.m.

This is all the NCAA's fault. They have totally ludicrous "rules" that force Football Coaches and assistants to play baby sitter 24/7 on the players. But what do they do with all the Million$ that all these players earn for them - Bank it themselves.


Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

NCAA, The best move you can make is to BAN the OSU football program for two years, minimum, with a ten year probation and no instate recruiting during that same period. Tressel shall be forced to clean up the latrines at the Big House for the rest of his life. All of these above actions would do a deep soul cleansing of those filthy and obsessed Buckeye fans. GO BLUE!


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 6:20 p.m.

a 2 year ban is not good for the conference. Post season and some scholarships is where they will go.

Michael Christie

Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

ahh, but forcing kids to practice, practice, practice outside the rules and everything's ok here. What a joke. Why don't you talk out of the other side of your mouth for a third opinion. You're just irritated that even with Michgian cheating as well that you couldn't field a decent team. Anyone remember the Escalade the Tractor drove??? Or what about those Fab 5 guys??? You all forget too soon...

Terry Star21

Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 3:09 a.m.

"ahh, but forcing kids to practice, practice, practice" No where has it been written or even suggested that kids were forced to practice - a failure to watch the wrist watch by coaches were to blame. "You're just irritated that even with Michgian cheating" Wait, what ? osu just finished 10 years of cheating, using ineligible and pro players - and we haven't even seen 'what-else is yet to come. Well Michael, I can honestly tell you - NO Michigan Football Faithful enjoys this, nor wants to read these woes daily. It is painful for you I know, but please - Michigan admitted it's mistakes, the osu coach lied and hid his !


Fri, Jun 3, 2011 : 12:46 a.m.

I don't believe that anyone has forgotten about the excesses of the basketball program. As for the additional practice, it works out to less than a hour a season for the players and even the NCAA said the initial reports were exaggerated. However my concern with your post is simpler. Are you a parent, a parent who might condone bad behavior because someone else has behaved badly? What Michigan did was wrong as were the actions of Ohio State. Michigan coaches did not write books on proper Christan behavior they not did they proselytize in a smug, sanctimonious manner as ex-Coach Tressel did.

Stephen Landes

Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

No one in Ann Arbor has forgotten about the disgrace of the basketball program; that's why we were so upset about the trivial yet important violations by the basketball team. However, the "round on the ends" school seems not to have learned anything from the travails of our basketball program; indeed they seem intent on making the U of M violations seem like quaint little quirks with their ten year spree.


Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 10:11 p.m.

A buckeye fan or a wanna be spy who is a resident of A2. A2 City Council, Evict him from the city limits immediately! GO BLUE.

Atticus F.

Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Ohio State has disgraced the whole sport of football. What a shameful embarrassment.


Thu, Jun 2, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

Ohio State is in a lot of trouble it only hunt the kidds that are trying to do right.