All this talk of ESPN coverage, and little discussion of Tressel's conduct? I don't particularly care about how media outlets have spun this controversy. I do care about Jim Tressel's malfeasance and the response of fans to it. Brushing it off as a "mistake" is absurd. The man knowingly cheated, and people are rightfully coming down on him for it.
Jim Tressel has crafted the public image of a person for whom integrity is more important than winning, and reality has now been shown to contradict that persona. If I saw some fans saying that his victories over Michigan, his BCS success, and his Big Ten championships matter more than the methods he has utilized to accomplish these things, I'd at least respect the honesty. Instead, I find a bunch of apologists who want to pretend that this is not an example of intentional wrongdoing in furtherance of competitive success.
I've been spending Saturday afternoons in the 'Shoe for most of my life, and have been a strident supporter of Tressel ever since he replaced Cooper. I can no longer stand by that position, however. I find it troubling that people call for his head after a loss to Purdue but talk about how upstanding he is in the face of massive evidence to the contrary.