Jim Tressel gave an interesting interview to The Lantern today.
A couple of interesting tidbits from the article:
Although it might have ultimately cost Tressel his coaching career — he also received a five-year show-cause penalty in the NCAA’s sanctions, which would result in penalties for any NCAA school that hires him as coach within that time window — he did not express regret for failing to report his players’ violations.
“If my fault is on the loyalty side, I’ll take it,” Tressel said.
I am an unabashed Jim Tressel apologist. Other than his decision to sign the paper the NCAA asked him to sign attesting to his ignorance about Tat-gate prior to the scandal's public disclosure, I do not blame him for the decisions he made in handling the situation. Revealing non-public ('Confidential' or 'Law Enforcement Sensitive') information to a non-government agency (NCAA) supplied illegally and unethically to him (by Cicero) about an active federal criminal investigation would have made him legally liable. Interfering in a federal investigation in order to stave off potential NCAA sanctions (by revealing to the NCAA player violations as soon as Cicero passed the information to him) would have been the greater of two evils from a legal (rather than an NCAA regulatory) standpoint.
Meanwhile, after referring to Tressel as "a great friend" last week, Urban says that the program was actually in pretty good shape when he took over.
Although OSU was in a transition period under then-interim coach Luke Fickell, and in the midst of what ended up being the program’s first losing season since 1988, at the time of Meyer’s hire, OSU’s current coach said he did not believe there was a cultural issue within the OSU program when he was hired.
“It was not a cultural issue here,” Meyer told The Lantern during an exclusive interview April 1. “It was a mistake, and we’ve all made mistakes. If there was a cultural issue here, we wouldn’t have won 12 games last year.”
Elsewhere, in another recent interview, JT gushed about "Dino's" decision to hire Jim Bollman at Michigan State. Even a JT apologist like me can't get behind everything JT says.
Incidentally, one of the Tat-5 is back at OSU. Jordan Whiting is no longer playing FB at Louisville.
Whiting left the OSU football team prior to last season. He transferred to Louisville but did not play last season and is no longer on its roster. He is working on completing his degree in marketing and is currently enrolled to begin classes at OSU again in June.