Ohio State Buckeye Fallout: 3 Reasons Why Jim Tressel Should Coach Again
While his name will be slandered across the nation for being a corrupt coach, one must understand that many programs are doing the same exact thing - they are just not getting caught for it.
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#1 Jun 1, 2011
Agree...my guess is that the majority of top rate/huge programs have issues. Interesting that Pete Carroll took off from USC and shortly thereafter investigations began that ultimately resulted in that program being penalized (heavily) and if I'm not incorrect the return of a heisman trophy. An issue that cannot be ignored is that there seems to be a trend, or at least appearance, that many "top" players, refering to recruitment into the college programs, seem to either have baggage that they bring with them and/or attract trouble and don't avoid it. Again, USC and Reggie Bush....Ohio State and Maurice Clarett...etc., etc.
I think these coaches invite a bunch of this cr*p into their "houses" so to speak and Universities are permissive as college football is HUGE money for these schools. Kind of a shame, but the coaches end up being the ones either run out of town or who have legacies that lose some grandure if they were smart enough to escape preemptively (ex. Pete Carroll).
I think Tressel is done, not because I disagree with the sentiments above, but simply because he got caught and has fallen. Maybe he has a shot at a smaller program, but would he want that and would a smaller program/university that wasn't interested in potential "bending" rules or interested in conveniently "looking the other way" be interested in the baggage? Seriously, they guy is a great coach; unfortunately his senior administrative abilities have been demonstrated to be lacking as this continues to unfold. Do you think USC would hire Pete Carroll back??? and he didn't even have this fall from grace...another program might, but it would not be as illustrious as USC's program...Again, I've used Pete Carroll-Reggie Bush-USC as an example and perhaps a bit erroneously, however I think somewhat analogously to make my point and in partial agreement with roboblogger above.
What they ought to do is purge the premedona player offenders from these programs, return to the concept that college is primarily for an education and potentially a professional football career subsequently and not be so quick to run the coaches out of town; interesting that instead the knee jerk is to nearly uniformly ditch the coach as a University face saving manuever and keep the players who did the essential violating in the first place. Oh well....yes, I'm an OSU and Tressel fan who for years has thought that Pryor was not as good as purported, cockey and bordering on Claurett trouble (without the performance mind you). So it goes, UM is likely salivating over this whole situation!!
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