Jim Tressell Forced to Resigned

By Eric Graham BASN
Updated: June 8, 2011

Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel

NORTH CAROLINA—(BASN) You can only make others better by being good yourself. -Hugh R.Hanels

The corruption of college football has become a normal part of the cheating culture infecting American athletics, where hundred dollar handshakes from billion dollar boosters are given to superstar athletes, who sell their sports paraphernalia and memorabilia for cash, marijuana and tattoos, while crooked college coaches with million dollar contracts and book deals, look the other way and try to rationalize braking the NCAA rules and regulations in order to win big-time bowl games for the university.

The latest shocking sports scandal involves the Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel, who despite winning 106 games in 10 years, which included eight BCS bowl berths, seven Big Ten titles, a 2002 BCS National Championship, and an impressive (9-1) record against the hated Michigan Wolverines, was forced to resign during Memorial Day weekend for knowingly providing false information to the NCAA, playing ineligible players, and trying to cover-up an investigation involving cash, cars and tattoos.

With Tressel’s resignation, many people belonging to the Buckeye Nation, who once saw him as a father-figure, a man of faith, and an outstanding citizen, now, view him as a hypocrite, a fraud, and a liar.

“He is not Father Pfleger…” said David Ridpath, Ohio University Assistant Professor of Sports Administration.

“If he was truly being parental, and really watching out for his players, he would have taught them a lesson. (By saying) Hey, you made a mistake…You have to suffer the consequence, and miss these two or three games and pay this money back out of your own pockets.”

With Tressel getting trashed on television and in the sports pages, it seems somewhat unbelievable to think that such a powerful football program like Ohio State could be brought down by a few lousy tattoos.

But many sports analysts, however, consider the cover-up to be worst than the crime.

As a result, the finger-pointing and blame game has begun.

Unfortunately, many people in Ohio as well as a few disgruntled Buckeye football players have chosen senior (QB) Terrelle Pryor as the scapegoat for all of Ohio States problems.

“He is a selfish kid. That’s the way it is…” said Chris Spelman, a former Ohio State linebacker.

“It’s mysterious to a lot of people, who follow this football team why he (Tressel) catered to Terrelle?”

According to Spelman, Pryor was extremely immature and was known to come to team meetings late, miss weightlifting workouts, and operate on his own set rules.

And to make matters worst, Pryor, who was one of five athletes suspended for five games for selling sports memorabilia in exchange for tattoos, showed up to the latest team meeting driving a 350Z Nissan with 30 day tags and a suspended driver’s license as Tressel announced his resignation.

While all the blame has been placed on Pryor’s shoulder pads, he is simply, for lack of a better word, a Frankenstein monster, created by Tressel, Ohio State, and the NCAA, who unfortunately got his hand caught in the cookie jar.

Because historically, for the last ten years while at Ohio State as well as his tenure at Youngstown State, Tressel has continued to break the rules, according to Sports Illustrated Senior writer, George Dohrmann.

As a coach at Youngstown (Ohio) State in the mid-1990s, he claimed not to know that his star quarterback had received a car and more than $10,000 from a school trustee and his associates—even though it was later established in court documents that Tressel had told the player to go see the trustee. In 2003, during Tressel’s third season in Columbus, Buckeyes running back Maurice Clarett was found to have received money and other benefits. Even though Tressel said he spent more time with Clarett than with any other player, he also said he did not know that Clarett had been violating the rules. A year later an internal Ohio State investigation (later corroborated by the NCAA) found that quarterback Troy Smith had taken $500 from a booster. It was the second time the booster had been investigated for allegedly providing improper benefits to a star player, but again Tressel said he had no knowledge of the illicit payment.

After reading Dohrmann’s excellent article entitled “The Fall of Jim Tresel”, many people believe it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and eventually ended Tressel’s career at THE Ohio State University.

“I don’t think at any point we said, hey our story is what got Jim Tressell fired.” said Dohrmann, a 3-time AP Sports Editor on the Dan Patrick Show.

“Jim Tressell got fired by not doing the right thing when he got those e-mails back in 2010.”

As time goes by, more evidence will be collected and more stories will be told.

Therefore, we must always remember that the “devil is in the details.”

And even though, Tressel was forced to re-sign and the Ohio State Buckeyes received a black eye for violating the rules. The problem that infects college sports hasn’t gone anywhere. As a result, there will be more scandals to be uncovered.