fair point that
One thing I have read about in some of the articles is the disconnect between Tressel's behavior (win at all costs, cheat, look the other way, etc.) and his "senatorial" demeanor and "molder of young men" meme with his players. Even today, over on the OSU boards, there are quite a few defenders of Tressel being "a good man" who got the shaft. It is clear that many in Buckeye Nation are in denial.
Having said that, Tressel really set himself up for failure. Publishing a book on life lessons and pontificating while at the same time, looking the other way and being willfully ignorant about his own players shows a monumental failure in judgement.
This failure on Tressel's part also reminds me how appreciative I was of Carr. For all of Carr's failings, his reputation will never be tarnished like Tressel's. Think about it: Carr was voted a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Tressel will never enter those doors unless he pays admission.
It also has caused me to reflect a bit on RR. I always thought he was a man of good character, but I guess I wonder now. This character and integrity thing is a pretty slippery slope. It is complicated. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't put up a few character posts written by me sometime in the last year or so.
Much has been made of Tressel's ability to mold character in players who had made questionable choices. I guess this can happen on occasion, but sometimes, you make trouble by recruiting guys with bad decision making skills.
You see this in pro sports, with the NFL and NBA putting a lot of time into figuring out the character issues of players they recruit. Someone can have all the talent in the world, but if their work habits and personal habits are no good, how far will you get?
My personal thought is that all of us need a healthy does of humility. The proud can fall at any time. I'm glad that we dodged several bullets, and hope that Michigan coaches quietly lead with integrity, in a way we all can be proud of.
For our convenience, here is a link to MLive's page of article headlines and videos regarding Tressel's downfall. They say they're not "piling on," but I say, "Why not?"
A number of articles have speculated on how much the Tressel resignation will affect recruiting. Off the top of my head, I am immediately aware of the following having offers from both Michigan and OSU, and being individuals we have a legitimate shot at:
- Adolphus Washington
- Dwayne Stanford
- Ondre Pipkins
- Sheldon Day
- Chris Wormley
- Jordan Diamond
In addition, there are quite a few other offers out there from both Michigan and OSU.
- Kwon Alexander
- Jordan Simmons
- Jarron Jones
- Stefon Diggs
- Tommy Schutt
- Aaron Burbridge
- Se'Von Pittman
- Jordan Watkins
- Tom Stroebel
- Kyle Dodson
(I didn't even bother listing several LB prospects still listed as holding Michigan offers, given the four commits we already have.)
Lastly, there are verbal commits to OSU that we may want to now pursue:
- Brionte Dunn
- Kyle Kalis
With the addition of Gant today, scholarships at Michigan are getting tighter and tighter. Michigan appears to be in the running for a number of other great candidates.
How will the scandal in Columbus affect recruiting? In particular, are there any offered recruits from the state of Ohio that this really opens the door to for Michigan? We already have a solid class. This newest turn of events potentially improves things even more.
Wow, so all in all, this has to be the most memorable day offseason day that I can ever remember, even more than the coaching searches because of all the pieces coming out throughout the day.
-Woke up to the news that Jim Tressel resigned. I don't think there could be a more glorious way to wake up other than waking up to a blowjob.
-Then, it came out that:
1) Tress was forced to retire and
2) OSU wouldn't even bother searching for a coach until this entire season is over. Needless to say, a bombshell was coming.
- A lull for OSU news, but then some more awesome recruiting news with commit #14 on his way tomorrow
- Erik Magnuson (#34 player nationally on rivals) lists us as his favorite before even stepping foot on campus
-Urban Meyer says he's not interested in the job (at least for now)
- NCAA says they are launching an entirely separate investigation on Pryor
-Elevenwarriors reports that they have reliable sources saying Terrelle Pryor played his last game as a buckeye, leaving this guy as OSU's QB:
-Terelle Pryor rolls up in a brand new Nissan 350z with TEMP TAGS from May 24 to a team meeting.
-The article: Now I know a lot of people were underwhelmed by it. But let's rehash the key points.
-A Brand new source in Rose
-Memoribilia for tats went back to 2002
-Confirmed players involved in tatgate jumps from 6 to 28 (thats an increase of 366%)
-14 of the alleged players are active players
-Of the new 9, Dorian Bell (LB), Storm Klein (LB), John Simon (DT) and Nate Williams (DE) were likely starters this year
-Players were trading tattoos for weed (1 player traded memorabilia for a pound of weed....a pound is a lot of weed)
-Terrelle Pryor basically had free access to raid the equipment closet and trade it for whatever he wanted
...when asked why, pryor says: I get whatever I want
-Rose Bowl tickets were traded for a Tahoe
I'm sorry, but that is an AWESOME amount of information, and the NCAA is going to get more details about names, etc. than we did from Dohrmann.
Lets break down the losses one final time:
-Head coach: gone
-Star QB: probably gone (but still very much retarded)
-Four likely defensive starters: likely also gone for first 5 games next year
No, a prostitution ring or point shaving system was not exposed. But holy crap, this guy singlehandedly pushed OSU over the edge to kick tressel to the curb and started a whole new investigation on Pryor. Also, he made it MUCH harder for the NCAA to deny a "lack of institutional control. Kudos to Dohrmann for making this the most exciting offseason day of my life.
Also, this happened:
Because I think I have one.
EDIT: and it has lasted for more than four hours, yet I have not called a physician.