I have a question and I'm hoping someone can answer it for me: I want to know why so many Buckeye fans want Jim Tressel fired?
I thought they loved the man in the sweater vest who year after year put a winner on the field and routinely made BCS Bowl games. In fact in the past six years, Jim Tressel has participated in a BCS Bowl game every year. The only thing I can conclude then is that Ohio State fans are greedy; they wanted Tressel’s record to be 6-0 not 3-3.
In the 10 years that’s he’s been roaming the sidelines, he’s gone 106-22 which is an .828 winning percentage; has beat Michigan nine times; won seven Big Ten titles; is 5-3 in BCS Bowl games, and has won a national championship; all in 10 seasons. So again I ask, why would you want him to go anywhere?
The man didn’t kill anyone, cheat on his wife, beat little children, cheat on his taxes, or leave a bad tip; so why should he be fired? He did what I would have done. If I found out one of my kids had done something, not illegal, before a big meet and I needed them to swim, then you bet your sweet little sweater that I wouldn’t be telling anyone and trying to figure out a way to cover it up. Now if one of my kids had been caught dealing drugs or had hurt someone then that would be a different story.
If anyone is to blame it’s the players not the coach. If it’s found that Tressel has been pawning off his own gear then go ahead and blame him, he sets the example for the kids, but these ‘kids’ are 18, 19, 20 years old, they know better and they know what the NCAA would frown upon. If you can’t take a ride in a golf cart to a class, then you probably can’t sell NCAA items even if they have your name on it.
Did OSU slap Tressel on the wrist with the suspension? Not at all; he has no prior offenses and has done exactly what you ask for in a coach - he wins (Duh!) . The notion that Jim Tressel should be fired for trying to protect his players is ludicrous. Put yourself in his shoes--it's a no win scenario. If Tressel would have turned in the players when he found out, the season would have tanked and we'd be calling for his head. Instead he did nothing, dooming next season, and we're calling for his head. Before we dust of the guillotine, answer a simple question: what could have Tressel done differently without screwing over his employer and the students he coaches? Or maybe a better question is what would YOU have done?