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Sorry, but you're comparing a lot of apples to oranges. First comparing having a temper, culminated by one regrettable outburst -- which is not outlawed by the NCAA -- is not anywhere near comparable to a historical pattern of ethical/moral lapses, much of which is forbidden by NCAA rules. Next, there was no "show trial;" only a mountain of incontrovertible evidence that Tressel was clearly guilty of wrongdoing. Nobody "gunned" for Tressel. He did it to himself, the university, his players, and the fans. I find it especially ironic that you would bring up the "Christian" analogy, considering Tressel only made things worse by trying to portray himself as holding Christian values so dear, yet failed so miserably to implement them in his own career. I suspect that you know deep in your heart this is the truth, but you are just still too shocked by what has happened to let it sink in?
As I've said, like it or not, perception is often reality. And, in this case, as long as any members of his regime are still around, that tinge will remain. This is aside from the point that if they had some knowledge of what was going on, then they are as equally guilty and should be removed, anyway. This goes for the players involved in this scandal, as well. And, having a person with this big of a ethical/moral cloud around him will only hurt the team, regardless of whether or not his future intentions are honorable.
Finally, there are absolutely no guarantees that Fickell is going to bring unbridled success to the program, either. Again, if you're expecting great things from ANY coach for the next 2-3 years, you're just not facing reality. We're going to give new meaning to the word "rebuilding." But, at least a clean sweep is a huge step towards the rehabilitation of the program and our image, which right now is lower than whale [email protected] at the bottom of the ocean.
There is absolutely no reason to jettison the entire coaching staff BEFORE the NCAA drops the hammer on OSU. Asst. coaches will be leaving on their own anyway. Let's just wait and see what happens. BTW I had football players sleeping thru classes in the early 1960's too...they passed.