The Dirty Thirty...

By Jason Priestas on August 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm
Arrest them!

... or what rival fans cobble together when they haven't managed a win in the biggest rivalry in college football for 1719 days (and counting).

The scholars at Michigan Against the World have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the Worthington arrest by profiling all 30 arrests of the Jim Tressel era. Being Michigan men, their strength is shown exhibiting term papers instead of taking part in the great traditions we enjoy. Such as getting drunk and watching our favorite team beat down their favorite team.

They are kind enough to break the numbers down by year, which only serves to illustrate the fact that 23 of the 30 arrests came during Tressel's first four years on the job -- also known as the last four years of Cooper recruits filtering through the program.

They go to great ends to point out that Cooper, despite coaching for 13 years, had 10 fewer player arrests than Tressel's seen in eight. This is largely misleading for two reasons. First, I don't think it's a stretch to say that the players Cooper pulled in his final three seasons had anywhere near the character (or talent) of the players he recruited during his first decade. Then there's the whole issue of rising arrest rates in general. I don't have data available, but I don't think I'm going out on a limb in assuming the Fulmer Cup of 2008 features a little more offense than a hypothetical Fulmer Cup of 1998.

But carry on charting, graphing and citing, boys. 30 is a long way from 1719.

(Via DDN Buckeyes Beat)

* A retaliatory list would be forthcoming if I didn't have 11 kids to feed. Instead, all I have is this.