No matter the school, there have always been a few individuals that have been able to transcend the stereotype associated with the respective school's fan base. UM and ND fans, rightly so, have earned the distinction of being among the most arrogant in cfb. OSU, on the other hand, well suffice to say their fan base is better suited for the SEC than the Big X.
Two individuals who have stood above the pack as tOUS alum are, without doubt, Jesse Owens and Jack Nicklaus. Their accomplishments in their chosen sport are legendary, and both conducted themselves with a complete lack of controversy, thereby earning their status as men of uncompromised integrity. Until yesterday that was true.
I'm certain a majority of the fans here have read what Nicklaus had to say on the Tressel' incident, calling out both the president and A.D. as being equally aware of the transgressions of the players as was Jim and that Tressel merely "took one for the team."
He actually went on - obviously forgetting Tress's days at YSU- to say the man is as honest a coach as you could hope to find and would not knowingly withhold information that could cause problems for the university. This might be true because Tressel has never admitted to knowing anything negatively associated with his charges.
Given the fact that an AD can be replaced far easier than one of the top five coaches in cfb, I have a difficult time believing Jack on this issue. With the money, prestige and all the other benefits associated with being among the elite BCS programs, your head coach is not going to be the sacrificial lamb. Coaches of his caliber are simply too difficult to come by.
As much as I enjoyed watching the Golden Bear on the links over the years, I have no choice but to call bullshit on this one. Sorry, Jack, but on this issue, you're merely another bucknut