April 25th, 2011 at 11:09 PM ^

Congratulations on making my annual top 10 dumb things to do list.  Declining an interivew is one thing, but to actually GO to the interview and then purposely tank it... that's just not a very bright move.  Oh wait, you grew up in Ohio, that explains everything.


April 25th, 2011 at 6:37 PM ^

IMO, Kirk has never really shown any OSU bias and is pretty objective as a media presence. Only time he gets on my nerves is when he says the wrong shit in NCAA '11.

Mi Sooner

April 25th, 2011 at 9:38 PM ^

i always likes herbstreit.  i still get a kick out of his "running" the wishbone in their cotton bowl game.  if i remember correctly, they played A&M in it.  A&M was use tot he speed of the '80's wichbone teams.  kirk ran it sooo sloow that they, the defence, over ran it so badly, kirk just walked in because there wasn't anone in front of him.


April 26th, 2011 at 2:07 PM ^

I don't think so - I think his sources were not good, that the situation was fluid and that he reported what he thought was true at the time.  Basically, he screwed up.

As for harming us, keeping Les out of AA was a favor.  As bad as the past three years were, Les would have been a bad move - do we really want someone of his character heading our team?  Say what you want about RR as a coach at Michigan (but please don't say it in response to this post, as that is not my point), but he certainly did not degrade the class of our program and throw individual players under the bus for his mistakes a la Les.

True Blue Grit

April 25th, 2011 at 6:43 PM ^

The OSU fans have a mentality that everything is acceptable as long as the Suckeye's beat Michigan.  The head coach could be Jack The Ripper but they'd still defend him as longs as they win against us most of the time.  It's pretty pathetic when a school's football program or coach is more important to their fans and alumni than the overall school itself. 


April 25th, 2011 at 6:58 PM ^

You're probably right. But, I'm willing to bet that the majority of tOSU alumni are more concerned with the reputation of the school and the future of their alma mater's most visible program. It's unlikely that their reaction to the Tressel allegations is vastly different than what mine would be if the allegations were about Michigan.

fair warning

April 26th, 2011 at 1:09 PM ^

I wonder if the immortal photo of that fat slobbering Buckeye fan with one malnourished slobbering Buckeye fan under each arm (yes, that photo) depicts alumni or just WalMart Buckeyes---which is kind of like asking one to contrast between the color red and the color red.  Either way, they'll probably trade program integrity for wins over M--or tats--any day of the week.


April 25th, 2011 at 7:00 PM ^

I suppose this is true in most places, but since I moved to Ohio 15-16 years or so ago, I have noticed how this is VERY true in Ohio.   Certainly Buckeye Nation supports all things OSU no matter what, or at least until someone affiliated with the school has the audacity to speak or act against it.  They LOVED Maurice Clarett, until he turned on them and then they threw him under the bus.  Some grad student who tutored football players (maybe Clarett) went public with allegations that the school was essentially cheating for the student-athletes (surprise!) and she was then vilified.

Cleveland loved Albert Belle when he was an Indian, even though he was an asshole; after he left the Indians, they pointed out that he was an asshole.

LeBron seems like a special case to me; I actually think he did reveal himself to be an asshole.

Anyway, ongoing support for Tressel is just another example of blind, uncritical support for the home team down here in Ohio.  What is interesting is that there are actually a lot of people down here (including media types, fans who are personal friends, etc.) who have turned against Tressel because of his lies.  There is a surprising number of Ohioans who have had enough of him, especially after writing a book bragging about his integrity.

True Blue Grit

April 25th, 2011 at 7:48 PM ^

Those OSU fans (in the minority) who stand for something higher and believe that OSU is about more than football, will voice their opinion against Coach Sweatervest.  The remaining rabble will stand with the slime who have dominated TSIO for decades.


April 25th, 2011 at 8:14 PM ^

I spend a fair amount of time in Ohio not too far from Columbus. I have been surprised by the number of OSU alums who feel Tressel should be fired and have felt that way since the press conference held in March.

If you read the comments in the Columbus Dispatch, a significant number of posters support dumping Tressel, probably way more than half, but that's just my guess.