"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the lawyer who contacted Tressel was former-OSU walk-on Chris Cicero, whose time at OSU overlapped with Tressl's time as an assistant at OSU. Cicero, apparently, has a history of unethical conduct, which is not remotely surprising as he probably should not have been talking to Tressel in the first place.
There are a lot of ways to interpret this information. But even if we take Tressel's word that his concern was for maintaining confidentiality, it appears that Tressel chose to keep quiet to protect his former player at the expense of the institution and with clear disregard for the rules. Now, while this is in some way understandable from a personal standpoint, it is completely indfensible from a professional one.
Jason Lloyd is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he is well known especially in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area. He was one of my favorite sports columnists.
Jason absolutely kills it in this article, and before he wrote it he even tweeted, "Attention OSU apologists: Don't read tomorrow's column in the ABJ. Then we'll kiss and make up before next Cavs game. Deal?"
Some quotes :
-"Typically, lying to all of those people is a fireable offense — it's even written into his contract as such. But Tressel is returning to work today as the football coach at Ohio State University because of six consecutive Big Ten championships, a 9-1 record against Michigan and a national championship soiled in the same stains that cloak the program again today."
-"School officials didn't discover the e-mails until stumbling upon them while investigating a separate matter. Otherwise, it's fair to assume Tressel never was going to come forward with his knowledge or the e-mails.
He would've simply strolled through life and pleaded ignorance, just as he did when Clarett was cashing in with cars and Isaac and Troy Smith were taking cash payments from boosters."
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So, as to not start another thread on what events have taken place with Tressel and tOSU I thought I would start a thread looking forward. I think it goes without saying that this will end up harming the buckeyes on the recruiting trail. For those of you, who are more insiders than myself, I was wondering if we could get some insight into potentially how much this will help. I believe that the guys we are going after that are die-hard buckeyes will stay that way even if, some major sanctions were to come down. My question is who is holding offers from M & tOSU that, through these recent happenings, may start leaning more towards the good guys, that were maybe on the fence or at least leaning toward the buckeyes.
Can't wait to watch the fall, go blue.
Edit: I understand this may take some time to develop but, I thoguht it interesting to discuss instead of the countless redundant Tressel threads.