This will be my last posting under this name.
While that SI article was absolutely unacceptable to me, there are in reality some things in there that could prove problematic. I say unacceptable due to the obvious lack of credibility to the claims. I don't have the total count or alluding to or claiming source but it was up there. Billing something as a major story & polluting it with a plethora of mystery men is shoddy.
I just cannot imagine JT stepping down in such close proximity to this story & or additional Dispatch confirmed investigations without either or both being directly relevant. I guess I could see Tressel himself deciding he had enough on his own, but a good majority of us know the back stories of Wexner, faltering senior admin/board support & the possibility of additional player issues. Announcing in less than 24 hours of vacation return & on Memorial Day is just bizarre.
I'm surprised to see some players saying the things they have but I'm certainly not surprised or astounded that players would be selling their gear, etc for some form of preferentional treatment. Too many of us get caught up in the industry aspect of college football & do forget there is some extreme immaturity/poor decision making.
Some of this could actually be bad with an additional 9 current players & 9 (i think?) former, but within the NCAA window being forthcoming with information. Keep in mind that there should be a special * for the 9 current as if this stuff is able to be proven, that is 9 additional players who lied by ommission while the t-6 were getting their hit. We know a ton of players were questioned back then, so now catching them again ... not good, not good at all.
Drug accusations (even if a misdemeanor type use) would always be incredibly bad, but i'll claim a better chance Tressel is rehired then this being proven or admitted to by relevant players.
I'd rather have lost more games, maybe not have the streak of titles & right now be dealing with never having known TP as a Buckeye. From showing in his speaking moments, to public displays of baby tantrums, to cars, to tat-gate, etc etc. He has been a constant PR issue. I also have to point this out right now. I have never enjoyed any moment really of Pryor speaking, & always cringe when I see it is about to happen. When he apologized at the conclusion of the Arkansas game (albeit poorly), I at least took some solace with that. Hard for me to keep from being enraged by thinking he was possibly doing his little speech while still knowingly being in additional violation.
Jim Tressel is a good man & someone I will always, ALWAYS look upon fondly. This man will dot the I one day & I hope I'm around to be witness to it.