You have to take anything the Lantern writes about Jim Tressel with a grain of salt.
Why? Well, The Lantern is written by a bunch of 18-22 year olds believing they're actual journalists. These 18-22 year olds were not old enough to remember the John Cooper era and how much of a change occured when Jim Tressel took over.
They probably don't remember the 7-4 season, the loss to Michigan or any other hiccups along the way. Did we blame the poor performance on John Cooper leaving the program worse off? No, we blaimed the fact it was a rebuilding year. These children got spoiled with winning. They somehow expect that college dynasties continue forever without end. It's a fact, programs go through ups and downs, and right now we're going through our downs.
They need to quit bashing the man who did raise Ohio State's national profile. Yes, he tarnished the reputation with all the violations, but really? worse off than before? I doubt that. Before Tressel, we were the flashy team who always choked during the Michigan game. After him, we turned Michigan into the whipping boy.
We're a young team. We're not going to be in the duldrums forever. Ohio State has such a large national reputation because of Jim Tressel that our recruiting will still be strong for years to come. I hardly doubt we'll turn into the Notre Dame of football where people think we're such a great program yet recruit untalented players and pretend we're good.
The Lantern's "journalists" need to read history before writing sensationalist bull shit just to give away more free copies. This is why adults never listen to the youth when they make stupid claims without presenting good evidence.
Whether you think Jim Tressel is a good man or not is irrelevant to how Ohio State's national pressence was defenitily improved after he arrived on campus.