To quote Oscar Wilde, "the truth is rarely pure and never simple."
JT seems like a good man from a moralistic standpoint, but the plain fact is that he covered up information which would have kept his best players off the field for a number of games, knowingly fielded players who - under the rules - should have beeen ineligible for accepting impermissible benefits, lied about it, and left the program subject to forthcoming NCAA penalties that may or may not affect bowl appearances and recruiting (we'll see what happens).
It's too bad that this will be a major factor in his legacy - at least nationally - but it is what it is.
The portion of the Lantern's story quoted is subject to debate. Is OSU football in a better spot now than it was in 2001? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Is ten years of dominance worth the program being shamed nationally, a year's worth of torture, and forthcoming penalties? I don't know, but I'm not sure I'd be so quick to dismiss the comments as "something this dumb." At the very least, it's subject to debate.