I'm probably in the minority, but I lost most if not all respect for him throughout the events surrounding his dismissal from OSU.
That was a comment from tennisbuckeye19 on the poll for today (5/9), and it sparked an interesting thought in my head. What do we, as a fanbase, think of jim tressel?
1. Obviously he was a fantastic coach, I think his record speaks for itself. As much as we may complain about tresselball and how excited we are to have a revamped offense, I think that anyone would be satisfied with his performance as a coach over the last ten years.
2. As a person, the good he has done has been fairly well-documented on this site, anecdotally, and
on other sites. I have never heard a single indictment of his character by anyone (outside the media) who has ever met him. By all accounts (in interviews and stories about him that I've read), he seems to have been a good, charitable, caring, god-fearing man. (Please acknowledge that "god-fearing" is used here as a euphemism and not meant to have a religious connotation).
3. He clearly made a mistake by not reporting NCAA violations to the proper people, lying to the NCAA and others, and resigned "In disgrace" according to at least one source.
I guess my question is: given everything we know now, would we do it all over again?
At this point, I will give my own opinion, so feel free to completely tune out, and just post a comment below, or don't, its all good either way.
I think that Jim Tressel is one of the best things that has happened to ohio state. He was THE quintessential ohio state coach. He was a fantastic coach who did things the right way (for the most part), he was from ohio, he clearly loved the buckeyes, and he stayed true to the "three yards and a cloud of dust" offense that we love/hate so much. An interesting caveat, I think at least, is that he stayed true to the tradition of relatively unkown coaches coming to ohio state. Jack Park (osu historian) affirms here that urban is probably the first ever "celebrity" to come to osu as a head football coach.
I am a huge urban meyer fan, and I am happy that he is our head coach. By all accounts, he too can become as perfect of a fit with ohio state as jim tressel was. But before we move on, i think it's appropriate to look back. Are we happy to have had Jim Tressel as our coach? Would we be proud of our children if they followed his life path?
Thanks for the perhaps two of you that actually read this, I was about as succinct as dickens in his prime, except that I'm not being paid by the word :/