exactally who does Tressel owe an apology?

johnblairgobucks's picture
March 16, 2011 at 12:04a

A: The NCAA, his bosses, The University he represents, his players and their families.  That is it, case closed. 

He is famous, appears on TV and makes loads of money.  He is human.  He made a mistake.  He made his successes by virtue of his character.  He will now have to overcome scrutiny of his mistake, relying on those same virtues.  History will tell the story.  Tressel's good deeds done should not be wiped away due to one instance, though it is an odd one, seemingly for him, since we all, as Buckeye fans, feel as if we know him. 

In the past few days I have read/watched local and national news outlets commenting on Tressel's mistake.  I have seen on ESPN (Around the Horn, PTI, Jim Rome, Sportscenter) talking heads commenting on the Tressel situation and chastizing his lack of public apology.  Tressel and Gene Smith addressed the media during their Press Conference. Information was given, a public apology was not.  A public apology in this situation isn't necessary.  Let's not blow this out of proportion, we're not out for ratings, filler material or agendas.  This was a college football coach telling a lie to NCAA investigators.

Does Tressel owe an apology to: me a paying fan? A Notre Dame fan watching some sports report show?  A UCLA basketball fan tuning into a TV show to watch basketball bracketology?  The mayor of Cleveland?  An electrician in Piqua?  ESPN?  What would his public apology really mean to me?  Tress is smart, if he was truely sorry down deep in his heart, he wouldn't have done it in the first place.  A public apology would be hollow and shallow.  I'm sure he is sorry he got caught.  A public apology would as hollow and shallow as Bill Clinton's Mike Vick's, Bruce Pearl's or Rich Rod's. 

Pete Carrol, Lane Kiffin, Jim Calhoun, Florida State (academics), Auburn years back, Oklahoma(how many times), Alabama (how many times) never apologized publically for NCAA violations....instead, they get P.O.ed at the NCAA for reprimanding them.  If Tressel lied to gain an on field advatage, you know what, as a fan I'm glad.  The players were eligible in 2010.  OSU had a great year, and a superb Sugar Bowl Win.  As a fan, I just hope his mistake doesn't hurt the future of the football program.  Other than being a caring fan, emotionally invested in fall Saturday Scarlet and Grey, as a tax paying Ohioan, a sports watcher and a human, Tressel's situation has nothing to do with me.  He doesn't owe me a damn thing.

Did Jim Rome apologize to Tressel for getting punched by Jim Everett back in the 80's? Did Mike Wilbon apologize to Tressel after calling OSU fans pathetic for showing up 80,000 strong for a Spring Game? 


johnblairgobucks's picture

This is ESPN's Jim Rome, who was recently blasting Tressel's character.


Jason Priestas's picture

Rome just lives to "blast". I don't think he has anything against OSU, but instead, lives for the opportunity to go off on teams or people that are worthy.

That said, it's no fun watching clips like that.

EJ's picture

The head coach represents the University.  Tressel is one of the most publicly known representatives for OSU.  People around the country that think of OSU often will think of Tressel.    How people think about him affects how they think about the University.

I am about to finish up a graduate degree from OSU after getting my undergraduate there 4 years ago.  In a job interview I had in January, the interviewer broke the ice at the start by saying he didn't know much about college football but he wanted to know what was going on with the 5 players suspended for next season.  Needless to say, that was not how I wanted to spend time during my interview.

In Tressel's comments he's seemed to be deliberately not apologize for DOING it, just for the distraction.  As you pointed out, it seems to say that he feels he didn't do anything wrong or that there is more to the story then what we've heard.  I don't know all of the details yet and I am not going to rush to judgment, but I am deeply disappointed that this distraction colors how people view my University where I spent 9 years as a student. 

Marshall's picture

That's a pretty typical interviewing trick, isn't it?  They knock you off your game right away with some seemingly innocuous question just to see how you react to the "out of the chute" verbal jab.  Just part of the job interview game.  In a little bit of past experience with interviewing for positions where verbal communication is really important, sometimes they ask questions like that to see if you'll demur on some controversial issue or state the facts and defend your position.

Good luck in the job hunt!

2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?

Pam's picture

The person that interviewed you was a jerk.  I had an interview with Princeton when I applied for grad school admission  It was '78 right after Woody threw a haymaker on national TV.  Needless to say, no one there asked about it.  How much most of the country feels about Ohio State has nothing to do with it's football team or it's coach.  Not one person from my office has asked me about Tressel or Ohio St.  I wear my gear on weekends and have not been stopped and aksed questions (I live in NJ). Because tOSU football is so huge to us (and CFB in general) we think that everybody else thinks so too.  It's not as big of a story as you think.  In CFB yeah, but outside of that not so much. 

buckeyedude's picture

I agree with most of what you said except this: " If Tressel lied to gain an on field advatage, you know what, as a fan I'm glad."

I really wish Tattoogate wouldn't have happened. Hindsight is 20/20, and I bet Tressel wishes he could take it back too, that it never happened. I would not say I was glad he lied to get an on field advantage. Whatever his motives were, I bet in private he has apologized to Smith and Gee.

And who's Mike Wilbon?




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I encourage the media and all the OSU / Tressel haters who might find themselves feeling a bit holier than you might ought to be to consider that there are not just two sides to every story, but a third side...aka "the untold story".

I wonder if it ever occurred to the media to try to "hear between the lines".

If they were really listening at Tress' press conference they heard him say..."I was scared".  When I heard that, I had to reflect on the type high quality person I've seen in Jim Tressel and why he would make such a statement in public.  That's when I realized that there must be a thrid side to the story....the untold story.

I encourage anyone interested to check out the following link


and see if you can possibly delve into the mind of the coach to see what it was about his past that made him fearful of the present and then maybe you'll have a more informed view.

Oh, and since none of us are perfect and in no position to cast the first stone...to the media I say "drop your rocks".

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yup. Its funny how everyone turns into vessels of integrity when a popular figure slips up at a big time program or team.

Cross Village's picture

Try hard to get even a shard of objectivity.  You will feel better in the morning.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I certainly do have a shard of objectivity. Tressel should be punished. Probably even more so than five games. Tressel will be punished.

I just refuse to judge him as a man, because simply he's a better man than anyone who is currently judging him will ever be. Just look at Hooley. Turned out he had a vehicular manslaughter charge against him. OUCH!

NoVA Buckeye's picture

we know he was sorry, he doesnt have to say it to us. who he is really apologizing to is the good people at eSECsPAC12pn who want to humiliate him as much as possible

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Pam's picture

He apologized to me:

Thank you Pam. I am so sorry, and promise to grow from this. As will our young people. God does indeed have a mission for us. God bless you and yours.

Coach Jim Tressel
Ohio State Football

Sent from my iPad

On Mar 8, 2011, at 1:06 PM, "p m" <pam_427@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Coach Tressel,
> My thoughts and prayers are with you for what I am sure is a very trying time.  Lean on your faith and the knowledge that you have so many supporters.
> God bless you,
> Pam Mason