August 4th, 2011 at 1:42 PM ^

I'm pretty sure if I was a player on that team (especially an athlete who only played once or twice) I would not be honoring the person directly responsible for having my entire season wiped out.


August 4th, 2011 at 1:51 PM ^

maybe but does vacating last seasons wins actually mean anything to the players? When someone asks them how they did last season will they say they went 0-1 and didn't win the Sugar Bowl?
It won't affect the draft status of outgoing players. Kiper and McShay won't hold vacated wins against them so I would say that vacating wins really doesn't hurt the players at all.


August 4th, 2011 at 2:20 PM ^

But what about a player brought up from the scout team his senior year or whatever? When he goes to tell his kids about his college days, what's in the record books? Nothing, thanks to the guy they're honoring.


August 4th, 2011 at 1:51 PM ^

I wonder if Sparty will don these wristbands since Tressel is viewed as a Tragic Hero in their neighborhood.  Did anyone notice those 2 things dangeling from Dantonios chin?  Yeah those are Tressels balls. 


August 4th, 2011 at 1:55 PM ^

about games being taken away. They will only care that the NCAA is seemingly going to let them off with only a wrist slap. The rest of the college teams will then build nice firewalls around their AD's and will let the rampant cheating begin.

On a related topic... does anyone think Dantonio talking about Tressel as a tragic hero is him trying to ingratiate himself with OSU? I can't see it working, but I really can't see why he would say something like that for any other reason.


August 4th, 2011 at 2:37 PM ^

Coming up on WCMH NBC 4 Columbus’s local news leader.

Ohio State players honoring Tressel with “JT” wristbands;

Also why is traffic up at local Tattoo shops?

And look at the cool stuff we found on e-bay some nice autographed “JT” wristbands.


August 4th, 2011 at 2:39 PM ^

because he cheated. He cheated, then lied to cover it up and left it all to be viewed in electronic format to remove any doubt. How in the world does that make him worthy of the reverence? That fan base is something else.

marco dane

August 4th, 2011 at 3:06 PM ^

sweatervest in a show of solidartity,during the upcoming season,for his*tragic hero*....

If the present head coach should lose his job,at the end of the season...I want this guy to get it!


August 4th, 2011 at 3:08 PM ^

fallen coach? When did Jim Tressel die? Seriously. Being a member of the military, hearing anyone who wasn't killed in action (military/police/fireman/citizen who died helping someone else) being referred to as "fallen" makes me sick. Just friggin sick. This is seriously one delusional fan base. I know we already know it, but just when you think it couldn't get any worse, they get worse. Unreal.


August 4th, 2011 at 8:12 PM ^

Most Ohio State fans and probably almost all of their players and recruits loved Tressel and many of those folks still do.

It isn't surprising that people are willing to forgive their coach who went 5-2 in BCS games, won a national championship, seven Big Ten titles or co-titles and beat their rival nine out of 10 times. High school coaches loved Tressel, his competitors mostly liked him -- heck, even Brady Hoke says he likes and respects Tressel.

So why does everyone act surprised that Buckeye fans and players still like him. He screwed up. He paid for it with the job he loved.

You'd think that would be enough for Michigan fans. I don't care if Buckeyes still admire Tressel. I know that I always felt he was a better coach than Michigan's coach was, that he knew how to run a game plan and handle game strategy better than Carr and Rodriguez, and that he was a better recruiter than the M coaches too.

He's gone, and that's good for Michigan. He owned Michigan, but now he can't beat us anymore. Forget him and worry about whether we can beat Fickell.