As one of the two people left in Buckeye Nation who doesn't think JT should be fitted for his scarlet-and-gray halo, I would like to share some thoughts:
The "mostly disadvantaged kids" were not selling their MVP awards and other memorabilia (which they didn't seem to give two hoots in hell about) so their poor mammas could have food in their stomachs. No, they were selling them for cents on the dollar for scummy tattoos from a weed dealer. Not exactly noble.
JT went around the country for years telling everyone else how to live their lives (e.g., the way he does). He made millions telling everyone else to do the right thing. Yet the first time he has a real moral dilemma, what does he do? Lies, lies, and more lies. Then, for good measure, takes down the football program he claims to care so much about.
Anyone old enough to remember Watergate should surely know that the coverup is ALWAYS worse than the original offense. If he had just come clean, apologized, and took his medicine, everything would have been fine. But no. And please don't give me the crap he tried to sell at the news conference that he "didn't know what to do." He was an AD at YSU for how long? Ohio State has buildings full of lawyers just sitting around waiting for stuff like this to happen. The man's not that dumb.
Let's face it: As long he beats Michigan, a Buckeye football coach could screw a goat on the 50-yard-line during Script Ohio and very few Buckeye fans would care. I do a lot of traveling, and I sometimes wear my Buckeye gear. Even in Europe, I've had people give me the "O-H" and a thumbs-up. But I also have people with bewildered looks on their faces ask me how Buckeye fans could embrace so tightly the person who screwed up their program so willingly. Beats me.
I think the NCAA is an outdated, ridiculous organization that needs to be shut down yesterday. But when you agree to be a head football coach at an NCAA school, you agree to abide by their ridiculous rules.
And please spare me the "But Mom, everybody else does it" defense. Sheesh. Everyone else commits offenses; what everyone else doesn't do is look the NCAA in the face and lie to them. Those jerks really hate it when you do that.
And yes, I am a Buckeye fan. But I want it to be the cleanest program, one we can all be proud of. I don't want to be ashamed of that diploma on my wall.
Let the hating begin! :)