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Tressel out at OSU
by Mark Neal,posted Jun 1 2011 10:21AM
Well, a lot can happen in 3 months. Now former Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel has seen solid reputation, as well as his job, taken away from him. This is a culmination of 3 months of investigation by the NCAA and many media outlets. Now the Ohio State Univ football program has to rediscover its direction.
The situation in Columbus got ugly. The issues go back, at OSU, to as early as 2002, if not sooner. Players accepting extra benefits, and/or profiting from selling of OSU related memorabilia is at the center of the issue. Tressel was living on the NCAA's edge, and finally went off the cliff.
The program was living dangerously. Too many people were involved in too many things...and it all came to an end. I think Tressel's problem included two things...first, he was to hands off apparently with the players. He needed to know more about what they were doing. Whether it was the Compliance Dept, or Grad asst...Tressel needed to be on top of this much more. Second, he didnt get his arms around this issue when he could. It grew so big, that the most respected OSU coach in decades leaves in shame.
The program will move on from this situation, in time. Recruiting will fall, trust me. Maybe not a lot, but some...but it will be back. Let Luke Fickell coach in 2011, then look for the big name guy to rebuild. Start making that list, and hope for a big recruiter.
Disagree with OSU take today and your BUcknuts friend
I've been listening during my evening drive the last two days about the Tressel coverage. I think you guys are missing the obvious that more suspensions are coming. Those new players that were named by a Pulitzer prize winning reporter in a national magazine are in trouble despite what you and your BUcknuts boy may think.
These new allegations will be investigated and (at the very least) they will be suspended because OSU will not want to look like it is taking the risk of playing ineligible players. UNC did the same thing this past year with the agent scandal. These losses plus the others will really hurt.
Pryor is of course gone. He will never play for the 'Bucks again. The real question now is how many new players also get named and suspended in the car investigation?
The other members of the original tattoo group might not play again as well once they see what kind of season is in store for them. In short your prediction that this will be a good team (at worst 9-3) is pretty Pollyanna. You asked who will beat them? First off, no Pryor the whole season and true frosh Miller running the show means a sputtering offense already. Take away Posey (the only real WR threat) for at least five games, maybe more, and teams will load the box. And who will they be stopping on the ground? Boom is gone at least five games (maybe more) I already said I think Jamaal Berry is getting suspended too. Consider that many of the new names are prominent ones from the front 7 and the 'Bucks have issues on defense too.
Losses to Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin are coming. Probably a loss to someone else they shouldn't like Colorado or Illinois. You were right like many others have been at first blush. OSU would have still been really good this year, even though the tat5 group was out five games. Those five were still winnable and then hey, Pryor was coming back and the 'Bucks would role through the BIg Ten. But the landscape has changed and more players are going to fall off the roster.
And so will begin a few years of substandard final records with massive scholarship reductions and recruiting classes decimated not just by sheer numbers, but also muted by kids who'd rather play for a team that can actually play in a bowl. Kids will also be scared what the program will look like for their 4-year career. OSU will get some good players, but the classes will not be as robust with stars and it will begin to affect the W&L columns.
It's happening at USC. It happened at Miami and Alabama too. These are blue-blood programs. Why should we think OSU will be different?
The good news is OSU is still OSU and will recover. Urban Meyer REALLY, REALLY wants the job and so will other big names. I agree Gruden would be an absolute steal and may in fact be a better choice than Urban, considering his players 34 arrests under his watch at UF. Felony Arrests for weapons, drugs, assaults, sexual assaults and theft. Does that sound like a guy the B.O.T. and Gee (if still around) will want to take a chance on when they're searching for the safe, squeaky clean choice? No. That's why I think it will be Gruden...if he's game.
As for Fickel. I hear he is a really good coach. He will get a kiss from the program, be given the gig for a year on the big stage and it will help him land a really good first head coaching job, just not this one.
Just my take, I've enjoyed the show, keep up the good work.
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