Last night my company won a "Manny" award for new product development here in Northern Ohio. The Keynote speaker and presenter was Jim Tressel and about a month ago I asked the board what question I should ask him given that I thought I would have the chance to do so. Unfortunately circumstances did not allow for me to speak to him at any length last night (he was mobbed by adoring Buckeye fans and we were not seated together) but we did exchange email addresses and I dropped him the following note this morning:
During your tenure at OSU you definitely created “fortress Ohio” and made recruiting nearly impossible for Michigan. As you well know, if you wanted an Ohio kid you got him. The “zero sum gain” of you keeping all the Ohio kids in Ohio not only strengthen the Buckeyes it weakened Michigan and, while I no longer actively recruit, I’m fascinated that Meyer does NOT seem to be following your lead and is definitely letting us back in. We are not only competitive for the first time since 2000 we are winning recruiting battles head-up and that simply did not happen while you were the Head Coach. Very long preamble to the actual questions. One, why do you think Coach Meyer is foregoing your “Ohio first” recruiting mentality and two; do you think he’ll regret it in the long term?
If he responds I will let everyone know what he says. It was generally a pretty fun evening and during Tressel's keynote someone had to leave the room so Tressel stopped mid-sentence and said "wow......must be a Michigan fan". That line certainly got a lot of laughs.
Finally what's the saying around here? "Pics or it didn't happen." Well I have a pic. Unfortunately. Somewhat embarrassingly I have seemed to have photo bombed myself as you will see from the attached picture of a seemingly very surprised mGrowOld and the former coach of the Buckeyes.