It's not that they are too big to fail. It's that what would have caused their slide (Tressel getting fired and their star players getting suspended) just happened to occur at precisely the right time that they were able to get a rockstar-level coach in Meyer. If they would have hired basically anyone else (or kept Fickell), you can damn well bet they don't end up with a recruiting class anywhere near what they had last year, and in all likelihood are not off to the good start they have this year. No school is too big to fail if the right dominos fall.
"This is really important to be here," Lewan said. "I'm here to give back and help out my teammate."