I will forever believe that the reason Tressel covered for the guys who got caught up in tatgate was how saw the way that Maurice Clarrett had his life basically destroyed for his transgressions. After that, I think he said "Never again, we handle all this in house. I'm not leaving my guys out to dry again, and the chips will fall where they will." Tress always seemed like a real OG ride-or-die mothafucka in that sense.
That was what made him a great coach and even better man.