This is true schadenfreude: one year ago, Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, Jim Tressel resigned as head coach of the Buckeyes. I know the shame kills a number of Ohio fans, whether or not they would ever admit it. Several thoughts:
- Truth is, (EDIT: "I think") Ohio is better off with Urban Meyer coaching instead of Jim Tressel.
- I am sure there was more that never came out, but a bowl ban, vacated season, and (minimal) scholarship reductions were better than nothing.
- The year of upheaval was a great help to Hoke and Michigan to reestablish connections in Ohio, and restore competitive balance.
- I took great delight in the fact that things kept dribbling out of Columbus for a long time. When rogue booster Bobby D. supposedly "hired" student athletes, with Ohio supposedly on a short leash, that was the coup de grace resulting in an inevitable bowl ban.
- It also was delicious to see AD Gene Smith steadfastly suggest, hint, hint, wink, wink, that nothing much would come down in the way of punishment from the NCAA. Ohio played in and lost a bowl game last year, effectively forcing the bowl ban to this year when their sentence was handed down. If they would have just swallowed their medicine and seen the writing on the wall, Ohio might have the opportunity at a meaningful bowl this year. Foolish Buckeyes.
What are your thoughts and reflections, one year after?