You Win With People

By Alex on April 18, 2011 at 1:00p
We're with you Coach TressIn a time of need, we need to help JT win with people

"You win with people". That quote was made famous by the great Woody Hayes and has become a motto not just for the Ohio State football team, but for the entire university as a whole over the last few decades. The value and meaning that lie within those four words cannot be explained verbally, but rather through actions taken by those representative of everything OSU represents.

The man who may have best integrated the winning with people philosophy better than anyone, including Woody himself, was Jim Tressel. I say "was" and not "is", because after the events that have occurred over the last 4-5 months, a good portion of Buckeye Nation no longer feels that is true. I, for one, disagree with those sentiments and still believe in Jim Tressel. I have had many personal encounters and experiences with the man himself that convince me that one transgression is not enough to make me pull a complete 180 and start to think he is a cheater, liar, phoney, and hypocrite like many have accused him of being since further details of Tatgate have been released.

I have been searching high and low for anything to disprove the national pundits who have continued to bash Tressel time after time. Once a man who only saw a positive light shed his way in published articles, those pieces of work are the rarity nowadays, as writers across the nation have written countless pieces that are not always backed with facts and sometimes include misinformed details. That was, until this gem was produced by Eric Frantz and the staff over at Bucknuts.

In case you're too lazy to read the link in the previous sentence, the story centers around Kent Roosevelt High School OL Ryan Anderson. Anderson was a solid prospect who had offers from Boston College, Indiana, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, and others. He was in contact with the OSU staff as well and was thought of as a back-up option for the staff to offer should some top-line prospects end up choosing to go to school in places other than Columbus. Off the field he was a good student and all around great kid who loved playing football and would prove to be an excellent young man for any community he became a part of.

If he wasn't going to be a Buckeye, why is he significant you ask? Well, Anderson was recently diagnosed with Osteogenic sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, after having a nagging knee pain looked into further by doctors. As mentioned in the article, Anderson is taking the news as well as a 17 year old could, but his spirits were down a bit after his football future was taken away from him and the uphill battle to beat his cancer lied ahead. The letters from schools across the country would stop and the support he got from his ability on the field would slowly fade as he becamse just another person off the field.

That's where Jim Tressel comes in. Anderson's high school coach, John Nemec, reached out to his long time friend in Jim Bollman and asked if there was anything he could do to help raise Ryan's spirits. Bollman relayed the story onto Jim Tressel and the Senator immediately called the Roosevelt coach, comforting him and telling him to "just go hug Ryan". Shortly after, Anderson received a large envelope in the mail that included over 100 hand-written letter from OSU coaches and players conveying their support to the young man in his forthcoming battle.

In Bucknuts' interview with Nemec, they asked about the impact that those letters had on Ryan and the coach said, "The impact of getting over 100 letters from Ohio State was more meaningful than I think anyone will ever know. It just shows you the quality of leadership that the Ohio State football program has. Ohio State has a coach that gets it. (Tressel) understands.”

Finally, after months of hearing how Jim Tressel is this horrible person that conned the entire country, somebody gets it. How many coaches across the nation would catch wind of this information, quickly reach out to the coach, and shortly after take action in having his entire program send letters of support to someone who realistically had no chance of ever becoming a Buckeye? You can probably count them on one hand.

Ohio State is fortunate to have a man of Jim Tressel's character running it's program. Through his actions he not only helps his football players "win with people", but he also goes out into the community known as Buckeye Nation and helps many of it's members "win with people" as well. What he did for Ryan Anderson was genuine and from the heart and shows what type of person he really is. While his actions of not speaking up when his players committed violations was wrong, maybe it's time for all of us to give some support to Coach Tressel and for once, help him to "win with people".




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Roger's picture

F5 good sir, F5.

Maestro's picture

Wouldn't it be a 180?  Not a 360?

I hear you though.  I have defended him against all those nasty names many times, and I will keep doing so unless there is some "smoking gun" that completely reveals the man to be a fraud.  I don't expect that to happen.

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Alex's picture

that it is....that's why the maestro leads the orchestra

Maestro's picture

wink, anything to contribute

vacuuming sucks

KenK's picture

I think Alex is correct with '180'; which (to me) shows a view directly opposed to current belief. I think a 360 gets himback to original position. So much for my Monday Dickishness.

You're right about JT, let's not confuse a lapse or piss-poor judgement with intentional deceit. JT has had, and will have my support unless clear evidence surfaces of his malicious nature. Like you, I do not expect that to happen.


Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

doodah_man's picture

Thanks, we needed that...once again, the good is oft interred with their bones (just ask Woody).

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

btalbert25's picture

Even if there is more info that comes out, I don't care.  Acts like this are what separates him from every other major coaches in America.  There are so many examples of stuff Tress had done to go out of his way to contact people who aren't going to be future players, who aren't boosters or rich fans, and people who it really does the program no benefit to reach out to.  He does a lot of stuff like this because he's a great man, a man of character.  Other than good will, he doesn't gain anything by going out of his way to do stuff like this. 


BuckeyeSki's picture

One act of wrong doesnt change a lifetime of good. Great Article Alex. I was defending JT just this past Saturday night from a person that only takes the last 2 months into consideration when passing judgement....suprisingly NOT an EEEESSS EEEE SEEEE mouthbreather, not many of those in NY tho (fist pump)

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Roger's picture

Anyone insterested in hiring a Michigan grad? If you need someone skilled in "Management management", Michael Spafferty might be your guy.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

This is not shocking and shouldn't be to ANY Buckeye fan that Tress did this.  I don't know many other football teams that spend more time in hospitals and with military personell and military families than our beloved Buckeyes.  And that is ALL TRESS!  I am with you Alex, I am still firm in my stance that Tress is not only the best tOSU coach, but also still the best coach in college sports.  Thanks for the article, made my Monday a bit better.


And good luck to Anderson!  You are in my prayers young man! 

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Bucks's picture

Unrelated, but enjoying this show thus far ... most especially with Bobby Carpenter on the panel.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Alex, I don't think you understand. Jim Tressel is NOT capable of doing genuine good.

Abe Froman's picture

That is as good as some bacon rolled up in flour and baked for 20 minutes on 400 F!   We will see the rise of Jim Tressel once again.....

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Alex's picture

But Abe, you're the SAUSAGE king of chicago