@walter - I point to the many issues with the football programs at tOSU and YSU, because that is the bulk of his resume - a football coach, not a college president. As a potential employer, YSU should be looking at his past work experience, should they not?
Let's go back to the time when Tressel was hired at tOSU. OSU had endured 13 years of John Cooper at coach. During the Cooper era, there were 20 players arrested. The university was tired of his lack of discipline, as much as they were by getting beat by Michigan every year. Then, as if taken from a scene out of an old Hollywood western, Jim Tressel rode in to Columbus on a white horse of all that was pure and good, to exercise Ohio State of all its inequities. There was a new sheriff in town and he meant business. Touting that pride would reign supreme in the classroom, in the community, and on the playing field, ole Sweater Vest was welcomed to Ohio State like St. Patrick arriving in Ireland.
In 13 years, there were 20 of John Cooper's players arrested.In 10 years, there were 34 of Jim Tressel's players arrested.
The very problem that he set out to fix, when he waggled his finger at the crowd in St John's arena upon becoming coach and uttered these words: "I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community, and most especially on the football field.", he failed miserably at 2 of the 3. But hey, winning makes up for that, right? Just win and all is forgiven, but only to those who wear the scarlet and grey colored glasses.
Players getting arrested have nothing to do with self reporting and everything to do with character, discipline and integrity. Self reporting has become nothing more than an out for programs that are already in trouble, to lessen their punishment. tOSU only self reported about the Tat-5 a year after St Tressel already knew that the players were ineligible, but still played them the entire season, and then lied about it.
To show how meaningless self reporting is, the Columbus Dispatch ran an article that shows since 2000, Ohio State has reported to the NCAA more than 375 violations -- the most of any of the 69 Football Bowl Subdivision chools: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/...
April 15, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.
@zz3 - A scapegoat? Are you serious? He was fired because he permitted football student-athletes to participate while ineligible and then lied when he filled out their compliance forms that said he had no knowledge of any violations by any of his players. He then lied to and misled the NCAA investigation, until finally confessing to it all.
April 15, 2014 at 11:32 a.m.
Here we go again.
St. Tressel for president? Well, if lying and cheating required for the job - he's a good fit.
Let's review Tressel’s highlights, while at THEE Ohio State University:
- 34 player arrests - At least 13 players, if not more, being ruled ineligible by the NCAA for various reasons- Numerous off the field incidents and violations that were questionable or show tOSU in a bad light- Choking QB - $500 handshakes - 3 full blown NCAA investigations, two of which led to the program being put on probation for 3 years each, March 2006 - March 2009 and Dec 2011 – Dec 2014.- A convicted felon allowed to walk on the team- A pedophile allowed on the team- Moreese - The Tat-5 scandal- Postseason ban for the 2012 football season- Vacation of all wins for the 2010 football regular season, including the 2010 Big Ten Conference co-championship and participation in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.- Being forced to “retire” and banned from coaching for 5 years.
This isn't anything new for St. Tressel.
Let's go back to Tressel's days at YSU and Ray Isaac. YSU was cited by the NCAA for lack of institutional control after Ray Isaac, who quarterbacked the 1991 team to a Division I-AA championship, was later found to have accepted $10,000 and access to cars provided by the former chairman of Youngstown State’s board of trustees.
There were a number of NCAA violations while Tressel was at Youngstown State. Both he and YSU were sanctioned for violating the NCAA CONSTITUTION 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.8.1 and 6.4.2, known as Lack of Institutional Control. Youngstown State would accept minor scholarship cuts. But avoiding the truth for so long served the team and city well. With the NCAA's statute of limitations on violations having expired in 1996 -- five years after Isaac left college -- the NCAA declined to strip Youngstown State of its beloved '91 national championship.
YSU was where St. Tressel honed his craft of turning the blind eye from any player wrong doings. While at tOSU, his Sgt. Schultz “I know nothing” shtick was used over and over again, as he pleaded ignorance in 2002 when Maurice Clarett was driving around town in free cars, in 2004 when Troy Smith was taking money from a booster and in 2010 when the Tat Five were cashing in their trinkets for tats and cars.
As a YSU graduate, I would be embarrassed if they hired St Tressel as president.
If anyone needs to refresh their memories of St Tressel, as many YSU and OSU tend to re-write history, check out these gems:
April 15, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.
@YtownSports - There were a number of NCAA violations while Tressel was at Youngstown State. Both he and YSU were sanctioned for violating the NCAA CONSTITUTION 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.8.1 and 6.4.2, known as Lack of Institutional Control. Youngstown State would accept minor scholarship cuts. Had the statute of limitations on violations not expired in 1996 -- five years after Isaac left college -- the NCAA would have stripped Youngstown State of its '91 national championship.
March 7, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.
I wonder how many HOF coaches put two schools on probation?
March 7, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
There's no question that he'll get elected some day. After all, Woody Hayes punched a kid and he's in the HOF. Has there been any other coach who has been elected, while being banned from coaching? This may be a first.
March 7, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
February 25, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.
@nojimbo - Yes, Jesus was a friend to sinners, but in no way did he condone their sin. He came for the sinners to show them a better way - to renew their minds and change their lives. What did he say to the adulturous woman who was about to be stoned? "Go and sin no more!" He didn't say "Hey, this adultry thing is becoming pretty popular. How about me and you hooking up later? Everyone's doing it nowadays. I know what the 10 commands say, but that was so B.C. We live in the now. Let's do whatever feels good and pleases our desires. It's not like there are any consequences for doing it."
True, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. But we have a choice to choose between what is right in the eyes of God and to turn away and rebuke what is evil. Would you like to be "equated" to a thief or murderer? All sins are the same in the eyes of God.
March 28, 2013 at 9:29 a.m.
@GoPens - Since you pray to the Heavenly Father, wouldn't that make you one of his followers, too? And you're asking him to save you from yourself? LOL!
March 28, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
@DwightK - I had two elderly aunts. One was a widow and the other never married. They lived together for over 40 years until the younger one died. They were best friends and did everything together. Having never married and not having any children, she left everything to her sister, who had to pay a huge estate tax because they weren't married.
Where do you draw the line?
March 27, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.