I was and remain a Tressel fan. Even his offenses (football) didn't bother me as much as they did some others. Despite his "Senator" moniker, he could get feisty too ("We have an up tempo defense").
That said...the media hatchet job would not have been possible if Tressel himself did not hand over the the ax. JT made a bad mistake. Forgetting what he knew or didn't know beforehand, he lied on an NCAA compliance document: terrible move.
But despite that...he is a great coach. He re-established OSU not just as a well supported program, but as a winner again. And I will always cheer him when he comes back, just as I did at The Game - 2012 edition.