I guess you didn't follow the tressel situation as well as you think you did. There was no chance osu was up for lack of inst. control charge. Zero! You repeat the line that is the best known line about tressel-that he lied to the ncaa. But although often repeated, it isn't factual. He told the ncaa everything he knew, in other words he was completely honest with the ncaa. Everyone seems to forget, he met with the ncaa after he retired/was forced out from osu.
Tressel's problem was osu-he wasn't forthcoming with his boss about everything he knew. He said what he learned from a lawyer, he thought was protected, confidential information, that he couldn't share with anyone, including his boss. That's honorable, but he did need to share that with smith, and let smith make the proper determination from there. That put smith in the unenviable position of sticking up for osu, without all the information that was available, both to the ncaa and the bowl committee that was determining if osu should still be invited.
Even if one credits tressel for protecting/sticking up for his players. He was dead wrong, and he paid the ultimate price for that. Like it or not, smith likely did the right thing by, vacating the season-as trivial as the infraction seems today.
The problem a lot of people have with smith is that he didn't offer the ncaa a bowl ban in 2011. That class if any, should have been the one to be banned from a bowl, since that class was the most involved in the 'scandal'. Smith and gee's lack of insight as to the ncaa's feeling about being lied to by osu prior to the '10 bowl game-the 1st victory over an sec team in a bowl, was a vast underestimation of how pissed off the ncaa was at osu.
But the coup de gras of that whole situation, and the dissatisfaction with smith stems from what happened in 2012. An undefeated 12-0 osu sat on the sideline during the national championship game with an ncaa ban on postseason play. A 1 loss bama beat the brakes off of notre dame-because! What's new? Many think, rightfully so, if smith bans the '11 team from a bowl, osu beats the brakes off notre dame to win myer's 1st national title at osu.
I see why many credit smith for most of his hires, but are disgruntled toward him because he badly misplayed/judged the ncaa and how they felt about him and osu after the '10 season, and the investigation. Osu fans take their natty's pretty seriously and if they hold a grudge against him for costing osu a title, he's the one that has to bear it. And that's a reasonable position, given what happened.
You are the one that needs to go back and check the facts, not the reporting! You are awfully presumptuous to think that anyone thought that 'nothing' was the deserved penalty. It's funny that you state what isn't a realistic position, given the facts, but you didn't give facts. You just repeated the same old tired, lazy refrain from what you heard others say.
Myer fell into smith's lap. The expression smith waking up on third and thinking he hit a triple comes to mind.