A few thoughts on the apologies that DeVier Posey and TP gave yesterday and ESPN played heavily...
1. It could not have been more annoying during DeVier's comments that he kept referring to "the ohio state university" - really took away from his apology and sounded conceited to me and someone should have coached him to avoid saying it (Buckeye Nation references, ESPN counted 9, where also annoying, but not as bad).
2. As for TP, how weird was it when he described OSU as "the greatest university in the nation"... he said it in complete apathetic monotone, clearly he barely meant it and it made it more obvious that the only thing he is sorry about is that he is getting punished. I gave the same apologies all the time when I was eight years old.
3. I was completely disappointed that TP refrained from saying something obviously stupid. He usually puts his foot in his mouth, so this must have been a coached apology. Yet, in the ESPN article OSU spokesman Shelly Poe told the AP that she did not know if it was part of their punishment or if they were compelled by coaches to do the press conference. Seems like this was decently organized and she didn't check her email/missed the memo.
4. TP may be apologizing, but on 12/22 at around 9pm he was tweeting "I paid for my tattos. Go Bucks." You would think he would be well aware that this punishment and stuff was coming down the line the next day and that he wouldn't need to tweet anything about a minor infraction like the Tattoos. His twitter account has as many deleted posts as saved posts. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Yes-Ohio-State-is-probing-the-NCAA-s-first-tatt?urn=ncaaf-299540