Hoke on Tressel

Hoke on Tressel

Submitted by Jasper on March 9th, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Brady Hoke comments (in MGoBlog's Favorite Newspaper) on Tressel:


Regular version, in case the Print one expires:


His remarks seemed too unrehearsed and off-the-cuff for my taste.  Just saying Tressel is a "good man" (however preposterous that might be to some) and a "good coach" (much more supportable) would be fine.

But adding "... they'll fight through that situation ..." and then "... I don't know that situation ..." is, at best, awkward.  Why say anything like that?  Certain other coaches at UMich have been tattooed for being "unpolished."

One wonders what Corporate Guy Brandon (who would not be expected to shoot from the hip) thought when reading that.

Valenti on the warpath re: Tressel

Valenti on the warpath re: Tressel

Submitted by RONick on March 9th, 2011 at 2:12 PM

It is amazing what the work of real journalists will do to stir up the hornets.  All of a sudden Mike Valenti and Terry Foster are on the moral express ready to bring down the Buckeyes.  While I typically find Mike and Terry to be full of BS, I can't help but laugh and agree with this... I'm all in with Valenti on this!  Down with the Buckeyes!

My message to the OSU board of trustees

My message to the OSU board of trustees

Submitted by leftrare on March 9th, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I'm sure this comes off as arrogant, but that's just what we are, right?


Dear Trustees:


You should all be embarrassed and mortified at Gordon Gee’s joke yesterday in the press conference held to divulge the transgressions of the University’s head football coach.  It was not a time for levity.  Worse, the joke itself laid bare what would seem to be fundamentally disordered values on your campus.  The university from which I received my degree does not operate at the pleasure of the football coach.  Is that the case at Ohio State?


As a Big Ten supporter, at least I know I’m embarrassed by this.  What’s wrong with you people?


(MY name)

Oak Park, Illinois

University of Michigan, 1982 

OSU Apologists vs. JT Scandal. What do you enjoy more?

OSU Apologists vs. JT Scandal. What do you enjoy more?

Submitted by Fresh Meat on March 9th, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I'm just curious what people enjoy more.  The vehement, blind defense of JT by OSU diehards, that blindly defend their coach against a mountain of evidence is pretty entertaining.  Both their absurd anger and their horribly blind defense are wildly entertaining.

On the other hand, we have JT finally taking crap for being a slime ball.  It seems like it has taken so long (see Brian's front page post of all the things he's gotten away with), and to finally see some form of justice, albeit slight so far, is very satisfying.

Personally, I love seeing the dirt on JT most.  Thoughts?

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

Submitted by Ziff72 on March 9th, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Can you picture Richard Rodriguez today? 

"I was playing without my punter on that last Saturday of November for some chicken shit team  violation that cost me at least 7 points.  What if that little dick had been missing half his offense, like he should have?   The Feds had to wait until December didn't they?   You couldn't have moved that raid up a couple of weeks.   Leave it to the governement to take 7 months to organize a raid on a tattoo parlor.   Sure the win would have had an asterisk, but it would have been enough.   Mother ffffffffffffffff.......   3 years being told I was adirt ball?   Uh huh Uh huh..........I tell ya what I'd like to take that little prick and ....never mind.   Great to see the basket ball team getting some wins now.  Thanks a lot Coach, would have been nice to have recruits in watching  us beat MSU.  That would have been helpful."

All his dog can do is look back with that quizical look.

This ride has been wild.  It hasn't been all bad or all good, but if you consider Michigan's fortunes and their rivals success since Bo died up until Rich got canned and then notice the flip of such success since Hoke came in.  It is kinda remarkable.

Rich-OSU violations swept away

Hoke-Shitstorm coming down

Rich-MSU's best football season in over 40 years

Hoke-MSU's worst basketball season in 15 years






tressel at wendy's

tressel at wendy's

Submitted by matty blue on March 9th, 2011 at 1:41 PM

orson nails it, as always.

"It's not that I want lettuce. We've liked lettuce before, and with the drug trafficking case, and the mayo, I'm just not sure, but I want to focus on what's important here. We're trying to feed everyone in this car right now. That might be me. It might be three people sitting next to me. It might be all of us or none of us, and then you'll understand why the mustard has to be on the side, and why I'm proud of us not doing what some programs would do and go to Subway. I wanted to do the right thing, and did the wrong thing, but for the right reasons, which I can explain after you make us a double with or without cheese, which is really another issue completely..."

3/9 bracketology

3/9 bracketology

Submitted by ish on March 9th, 2011 at 1:29 PM

quick update on today's bracketology, at least from lunardi's perspective.

he has us as an 11 seed.  his last four in are in the "first four."  there are two other 12 seeds (clemson and BC) meaning that as it stands there are at least 6 at-large teams behind us.

the bracket matrix has us as an 11 seed too, but because they average seeds, there are actually nine 11 seeds at the moment and we're number six of those nine.  better statistical minds will have to interpret that for me.

Jason Lloyd still has Tressel's blood on his keyboard, great article

Jason Lloyd still has Tressel's blood on his keyboard, great article

Submitted by pdgoblue25 on March 9th, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Jason Lloyd is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, he is well known especially in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland area.  He was one of my favorite sports columnists.

Jason absolutely kills it in this article, and before he wrote it he even tweeted, "Attention OSU apologists:  Don't read tomorrow's column in the ABJ.  Then we'll kiss and make up before next Cavs game. Deal?"

Some quotes :

-"Typically, lying to all of those people is a fireable offense — it's even written into his contract as such. But Tressel is returning to work today as the football coach at Ohio State University because of six consecutive Big Ten championships, a 9-1 record against Michigan and a national championship soiled in the same stains that cloak the program again today."

-"School officials didn't discover the e-mails until stumbling upon them while investigating a separate matter. Otherwise, it's fair to assume Tressel never was going to come forward with his knowledge or the e-mails.

He would've simply strolled through life and pleaded ignorance, just as he did when Clarett was cashing in with cars and Isaac and Troy Smith were taking cash payments from boosters."

For your reading pleasure:


OSU's President hopes Tressel doesn't fire him

OSU's President hopes Tressel doesn't fire him

Submitted by el segundo on March 9th, 2011 at 12:09 PM

According to Mark Schlabach's article on espn.com, OSU president Gordon Gee admitted where the real power lies in Columbus:

Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel.

"No, are you kidding me?" Gee said. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."

Gee was the president of my undergraduate school (not OSU) for a few years after I graduated, and I learned a little about him through the alumni magazine.  Principally, he's kind of a weasel, which makes him a perfect fit for OSU.  In addition, he likes to think of himself as kind of clever and cavalier (hence those stupid bow ties).  So I'm sure he would say that his remark was just in jest.  I think it's closer to the bone than he'd like to admit.

Here's a link to the article.


Stanford Academics... The Irony, It Burns

Stanford Academics... The Irony, It Burns

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on March 9th, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Oh God, seriously... this just aches...


A drama class in Beginning Improvising and another in Social Dances of North America III were among dozens of classes on a closely guarded quarterly list distributed only to Stanford athletes to help them choose classes.

The list, which has existed since at least 2001, was widely regarded by athletes as an easy class list. More than a quarter of the courses on the list did not fulfill university general education requirements.

The classes on the list were "always chock-full of athletes and very easy A's," said Kira Maker, a soccer player who used the list her freshman year.

Stanford officials say the list was designed to accommodate athletes' demanding schedules and have disputed that it was made up of easy courses. But officials discontinued it last week after reporters began asking about it.

God, Harbaugh is becoming the new Kiffen... He HAD to know about this system and still made his comments about UM. You think football players weren't aware of this?


But student athletes said they had picked up a copy of the list and left. In some cases, no advising took place.

"Literally, when you walk into the (resource center) right next to the door, it's right there," said Ryan Sudeck, a junior on the crew team.

"I never used it before this year," he said. "But this quarter it was like, 'Oh, I need an easy class to boost my GPA.' "

Your thoughts?