This is true schadenfreude: one year ago, Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, Jim Tressel resigned as head coach of the Buckeyes. I know the shame kills a number of Ohio fans, whether or not they would ever admit it. Several thoughts:
- Truth is, (EDIT: "I think") Ohio is better off with Urban Meyer coaching instead of Jim Tressel.
- I am sure there was more that never came out, but a bowl ban, vacated season, and (minimal) scholarship reductions were better than nothing.
- The year of upheaval was a great help to Hoke and Michigan to reestablish connections in Ohio, and restore competitive balance.
- I took great delight in the fact that things kept dribbling out of Columbus for a long time. When rogue booster Bobby D. supposedly "hired" student athletes, with Ohio supposedly on a short leash, that was the coup de grace resulting in an inevitable bowl ban.
- It also was delicious to see AD Gene Smith steadfastly suggest, hint, hint, wink, wink, that nothing much would come down in the way of punishment from the NCAA. Ohio played in and lost a bowl game last year, effectively forcing the bowl ban to this year when their sentence was handed down. If they would have just swallowed their medicine and seen the writing on the wall, Ohio might have the opportunity at a meaningful bowl this year. Foolish Buckeyes.
What are your thoughts and reflections, one year after?
Saw this linked over at 11W, seems that LTT was burning that letter from tsiO for more than loyalty to UM. According to the article tsiO fans pulled some shenanigans while he was in Columbus for the NFTC. Stories been covered already, but this gives a little more insight.
ESPN has a paywalled LINK to its top 20 teams that could win the NC this year. Michigan is not one of them, although with their schedule I guess that is somewhat justified. The inclusion of Ohio is downright ridiculous, as they state that even though they're ineligible, they still rank them.
18. South Carolina
15. West Virginia
11. Boise State
9. OHIO (wtf?)
7. Oklahoma State