PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
It's good that Staples gets it. I wish he wouldn't present his opinion as fact regarding what Tressel was thinking. I read all of the same documents and yes, Tressel knew he was violating NCAA rules, but as for weighing the risk of getting caught vs. the reward of a championship? That doesn't fit the narrative of a scared Jim Tressel not knowing where to turn. Of course, you can choose to believe otherwise, but why present it as factual to readers who may not have read all the documents? Staples is obviously the anti-Dohrmann, but that still stuck in my craw a bit.
I think everyone wants to believe Tressel was doing the noble thing when he lied, but I think it's probably more likely that he wasn't acting with the best of intentions. If he were, he'd have a much much easier time coming clean. His answers at the press conference were not convincing and seemed like a not well rehearsed story that was thrown together last minute. He has been basically silent since then. I can see both sides, but definitely wouldn't be shocked if he lied to preserve a title run.
Staples is to the SEC what Herbie is to, well, the SEC as well. He hates all things Big Ten. He must assume that all coaches are dirty since he grew up down yonder.
I would gladly trade the hammer USC got if we could get Tressel back. Losing Tressel was the deepest cut of all.
To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.
That's crazy talk. The sanctions imposed on USC are team crippling, they won't be the same for 6-7 years. I would take losing Tressel and our self-imposed penalties any day over what was handed down to USC.
While I understand what you're describing, USC is hardly crippled. They actually seem to be thriving for now. That's not to say there is no impending drop off, but for now ... they aren't really suffering.
At the moment they aren't, but when the scholarship reductions hit them, they will be crippled.
If that logic holds true, any major program is screwed.
30 scholarships over a three year period; unless I'm mistaken and my comprehension of their punishment is wrong, they would be playing with 55 scholarship players over a three year period instead of the regular 85. With 55 players the team will barely have a two deep roster. That's insane, to suggest that keeping Tressel would be worth such penalties is ludicrous.
That's incorrect. Their roster is now capped at 75/year, 10 less than usual, for 3 years. That's a total of 30 scholarships.
Thanks for clarifying that.
Lane Kiffin will screw up that program more than the sanctions.
What if we experiance another Cooper era?
It would suck? After the success Tress had, the next coach (Fickell or otherwise) will get run out of town if he goes 0-3 against M*ch*g*n, nevermind 2-10-1.
Staples has been quite level-headed in writing about OSU.
You can't blame the guy for liking the SEC (if he does) - the SEC has had the best on-field product in the past few years. Consistently.
Agreed. People here can't have hissy fits when a writer holds the SEC in higher esteem in comparison to the Big Ten. The SEC has had multiple teams produce on the national stage in the past decade, the Big Ten has had one.
Tressel was awesome, but I would much, much, much rather be without him then have the level of sanctions USC is facing. They may have a good team this year and they may not, but their long term future is not good. They are going to have several rough years to come.
Certain programs like USC, OSU and Texas can recover from the hammer of sanctions. Others can't. So I am all alone in my thinking that if Tressel would have stayed another 7-10 years, would have had a rough season or two (which would be 3 or 4 losses), but then went back to winning as he did, that wouldn't be worth it?
After reading the Staples article, I believe he is just giving comfort and aid to the moronic Haters that continuously yell "Death Penalty!" He knows that the ignorant are angry, and is trying to provide solace.
And BTW, I still love Tress and forgive him. But I think he had to be shown the door. I believe OSU's reputation was seriously at stake. Would not like USC type sanctions. Bad.
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