at least it's not just us?
Where were you when you heard about the Tressel resignation news?
I was at the US Airways ticket counter at Metro airport on my way to Boston. I overheard a skycap yell the news to the ticket agent. I immediately pushed my wife out of the way, confirmed it with him, and spent the rest of the preflight wait sharing the news with everyone in a Michigan t-shirt.
Reports emerging that the SI article will hit the internets around 7:30-8 pm tonight. Multiple threads with great comments/pictures are accumulating and are Welcome Reposts as we build towards The Story.
Further, Twitter is abuzz that the NCAA is well on its way of investigating OSU for violations (http://bit.ly/kpz4qA).
From what I've heard, the SI report involves the fact Tressel may have had direct knowledge that, specifically, Pryor was involved in car issues and chose not to escalate matter or look further (Youngstown much?). This is the source of the "Pryor is Done" stories, AFAIK, and may lead to an epic level of Lack of Institutional Control when paired with "I Hope He Doesn't Fire Me" comments. Still don't think it's going to be the Bomb that everyone's hoping for that connects all the dots - this might be left for the NCAA to complete. (Edit: 11Warriors post reflects same info as I mentioned).
Anyways... for now... Worst State Ever... (HT: WFNY)
Dantonio is a Tressel protege.
He hates Michigan.
He has improved the MSU program.
OSU would be a big step up for him from the Sparties.
He has Ohio history from coaching Cincinnati.
The twitters are blowing up with this story:
Significant inquiry by NCAA and OSU under way for Pryor, sources say
Apparently more car issues coming to light...
And this from 11 Warriors:
On his blog, Jim Brandstatter lays into Tressel and those who would make excuses for him:
I find it interesting that everyone is now opining on what Coach Tressel's legacy is, given his resignation under these very shady circumstances. Correctly, they point to his winning record, his BCS Bowl appearances, his record against Michigan etc, etc, as his shining gift to Ohio State. I find that short sighted, and superficial. In my opinion, a legacy is a bit more than a won and loss record. Lets ask a question; Did Jim Tressel leave the Ohio State program in better shape than when he arrived? Given what is going on in Columbus with the Buckeye program, the answer to that question is, NO
The damage is not yet over. At least in my opinion, there will be more revealed about this program in the near future. The NCAA hasn't had their say yet either. If they choose to add a charge of "lack of institutional control," Tressel's indiscretions will put his Athletic Director, and University President on the firing line. If Ohio State should find themselves on NCAA probation, to whatever degree, like victories vacated, or no TV, or no Bowls, or scholarship limits, whatever, what would Tressels legacy be then? Depending on the final resolution of all the verified violations, this could cripple the Ohio State football program for years. That is not the kind of legacy anybody would want.
The suggestion that Tressel did these things, or looked the other way, because he was protecting his kids/players is very hollow to me. Look, it's naiive to think these kids/players did not know that what was going on was against the rules. For the coach to cover it up, to look the other way, when these rules are broken, sets an example to his kids that is hard to defend. Right is right, and wrong is wrong! "Wrong is OK if nobody finds out," is NOT the message I want my coach to deliver. Sorry, in no way does Jim Tressel come out of this thing looking like a monument to honesty, integrity and the American way. There will be some who will try and spin it that way, but, from my view it doesn't hold up.
Notwithstanding his Michigan homer status, Brandstatter is right on point. But then, I'm a Michigan slappie.