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He was swallowed by arrogance, stubbornness and hypocrisy. Jim Tressel was an iconic coach, but it's clear now his integrity was a closely guarded fraud.
Ohio State is in huge trouble, and make no mistake about it — this is a gigantic opportunity for Michigan and first-year coach Brady Hoke. Same thing for Michigan State and Mark Dantonio. And if Tressel really was cheating and lying and covering up as much as alleged, every football program in the Big Ten deserves a chance to revel and recoup.The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry will survive this. It endured Rodriguez and his mini-NCAA scandal, and it survived John Cooper. But it's about to undergo a dramatic makeover, and if Hoke recruits well in talent-rich Ohio during the Buckeyes uncertainty, look out.
Just five years ago, Tressel and Lloyd Carr squared off in Columbus with unbeaten teams, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. The Buckeyes won 42-39 and the Wolverines haven't been the same since. College football can be fickle, and now the Buckeyes will find out under interim coach Luke Fickell.Columbus is a uniquely pressure-soaked, beer-stoked place. Counting Tressel, every Ohio State coach since World War II has left the school ingloriously, low-lighted by Woody Hayes' firing after he punched a Clemson player in the 1978 Gator Bowl. It's part of the college football cauldron, and while Ohio State tried to pretend it wasn't like the SEC, it's hard to say that now.
I've celebrated the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry forever, and also mocked the Buckeye fandom's over-the-top passion. Some of that was in fun, some was out of respect, and some was a legitimate concern those people are out of control. It's not so funny now.
The Big Buckeye Bully is wobbling. It's too bad the Wolverines and Spartans couldn't knock Tressel out themselves, but no sense quibbling or reveling. See the opportunity and seize it, because one program's misery almost always becomes someone else's gain.