Its rare for me to praise anything coming out of Columbus, but I was struck today by the class (!) shown by Tressel and members of the Buckeye team (!)
who stated with eloquence what just about every M fan has been saying from Day 1-- as long as the workouts are truly voluntary, you can't keep kids away from practice, and any top CFB team in America will be practicing significantly in excess of 20 hours a week.
Time will tell how this NCAA violation story plays out, but I think that the stormclouds are beginning to break a bit, given the backtracking of the Freep following RichRod's emotional press conference, as well as the beginning of Martin's investigation. Realistically, this was a tempest in a teacup, and hopefully the team captains and coaching staff will work this all out, but we really won't know until the season is in full swing.
It's a shame that this non-story has been sucking away so much
attention from the talented young corps of players that will take the
field for the Maize and Blue this season-- but that will soon be
remedied. In spite of it all, the season ahead remains bright and begins anew Saturday, when all the punditry and editorials will become meaningless with the first BOOM
of kickoff at 3:30.
If it's true that who you keep as enemies says at least as much about you as who you keep as friends, it's nice to know that OSU and Michigan at least have significant respect for each other off the field, even with both devoted to such a vicious rivalry. I firmly hope that we can bring some respect and parity back to our end of this rivalry and annihilate them in November, but I'll remember their comments this week as I root for us to do so. I hope ya'll do as well.