By: Jeff Hathhorn
I was fooled, I thought Jim Tressel was somehow above the normal lying and cheating that is so prevalent in college sports. I bought into the sweater-vest. It turns out the man some call the “senator” was just another crooked politician. He lies whenever it suits his needs and I guess that’s ok with some fans, not me. Ohio State needs to fire Jim Tressel or prove they only care about winning and losing and could not care one bit about integrity or the education of those at the university.
Tressel brought a lot of good to the university, players said they enjoyed playing for him, he brought back some game-time traditions that really endeared him with the students and fans and he won, 106 out of 128 times as the Buckeyes head coach. His teams won a national championship, BCS bowl games, Big 10 championships and always beat arch-rival Michigan. That’s not good enough, he purposefully withheld information so he could win more. He should have dealt with the problem, not try and cover it up. As Jim Colony mentioned to be today, this story has a “Watergate” feel about it and this crook also needs to leave office.
Do other coaches cheat, yes. Have other coaches committed more egregious errors, yes. But I want more, I’m an Ohio State grad and I want a coach that wins and does it without a lot of the bull. I thought that man was Jim Tressel, it is not.
When Tressel won his national championship there was talk in Columbus of re-naming streets for him, now Ohio State just needs to change the name on the head coach’s door.