NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > I Owe Jim Tressel an Apology
January 20, 2011, 10:09 AM
The Vest has amazed us all once again. Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas, Devier Posey, and Mike Adams were caught with their hands in the cookie jar right before the Sugar Bowl. Gene Smith decided to use the ignorance/negligence defense, and someone discovered a loophole in the rule book that would allow them to play in the Sugar Bowl and serve their suspension next season. Like many cynics, I was sure at least three or four of them would go to the NFL Draft after playing in the bowl game, and I said as much many times on these boards. Somehow, Tressel has managed to hold them to their word, and for that I must salute him and apologize. I was wrong about the Vest.
January 20, 2011  12:18 PM ET

Come on only one of them has the talent to go pro...Mike Adams

January 20, 2011  12:30 PM ET

Accepted. Your punishment is to wear a vest and live with integrity for 1 hour. Then you can go back to living like an elephant. ;-)

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January 20, 2011  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Come on only one of them has the talent to go pro...Mike Adams

you really think those kids dont have the talent to play pro ball?? I respectfully disagree. Maybe they dont become stars or have long careers, but think all of them could make a squad and contribute.

January 20, 2011  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Accepted. Your punishment is to wear a vest and live with integrity for 1 hour. Then you can go back to living like an elephant. ;-)

I have a gray-black houndstooth sweater vest that will do the job perfectly.

January 20, 2011  02:16 PM ET

Just throw a scarlet t-shirt under that, and you're good.

:)

January 20, 2011  06:11 PM ET

Big of you to apologize, so first off thank you you are a gentleman. I had posted many times that once Tressel had secured the "pledge" from these 5 guys to return or not play in the Sugar Bowl, then it was clear that they would all come back. To say that with the certainty that I did reflected the faith I have in Jim Tressel. This is a very cynical time we live in but the values exhibited by JT have made me proud to be a Buckeye.
I think Woody's Boy makes a good point in post #5 though. Tressel will have his hands full if the Bux are 5-0 with another starting qb.

January 20, 2011  07:11 PM ET

Respect The Vest! Respect it!

Say what you will about the NCAA's punishment, you have to admire the integrity of Jim Tressel. He's always been a stand-up guy and is a credit to TOSU.

Oh yeah, elephants are wonderful, noble creatures. Be careful Grue... they never forget!

January 20, 2011  07:15 PM ET

I think Tressel is a good man for this. A lot of respect for him. Even if he is a Buckeye.

January 20, 2011  07:28 PM ET

I also owe Jim Tressel an apology.

I used to think he was completely ineffective coaching vs the SEC.

Now I only think he is ineffective coaching against them
in the second half!

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January 20, 2011  10:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You have distilled the essence of TresselBall. Come out smokin', build a lead, sit on it, play not to lose, play for field position, and make defense secure the win. I love the man, but AARRGG...

The guy has taken ten years off the life of every Buckeye fan. Drives me frickin nutz. He almost stepped in it again with that Sugar Bowl. U$C in Columbus was one time where this strategy backfired on him and it is likely to do it agains some day. When you have a good team down, step on their throat and never let them back in the game.

January 21, 2011  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

you really think those kids dont have the talent to play pro ball?? I respectfully disagree. Maybe they dont become stars or have long careers, but think all of them could make a squad and contribute.

I am sure Denver would give all of these guy's a chance just like they did Maurice C!

January 21, 2011  01:58 PM ET

First I will say that I am glad that the TAT5 had the chance to play in the Sugar Bowl...had they not, then the game would have forever been tainted as ""tOSU didn't have their best players". That being said, let's look at what happened.

1. The TAT5 were caught with enough evidence to get a suspension.
2. SOMEONE (either the AD or Sugar Bowl rep's) wanted the guys to play and discussed with the NCAA. (If Tressel was part of this discussion then he has no integrity as he was assisting in the TAT5 getting "away" with it concerning the biggest game of their life to date).
3. Loop hole was found and Tressel had no say at that point, in whether they could play or not...his hands were tied.
4. With his hands tied as they were, the only spin was to convince the guys to come back. He did this by playing on their loyalty to the tOSU program and it's storied history.

The TAT5 suspension AFTER the Sugar Bowl has made as big a joke of the NCAA as the Newton suspension and immediate re-instatement

IMHO

January 21, 2011  02:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

First I will say that I am glad that the TAT5 had the chance to play in the Sugar Bowl...had they not, then the game would have forever been tainted as ""tOSU didn't have their best players". That being said, let's look at what happened.1. The TAT5 were caught with enough evidence to get a suspension.2. SOMEONE (either the AD or Sugar Bowl rep's) wanted the guys to play and discussed with the NCAA. (If Tressel was part of this discussion then he has no integrity as he was assisting in the TAT5 getting "away" with it concerning the biggest game of their life to date).3. Loop hole was found and Tressel had no say at that point, in whether they could play or not...his hands were tied.4. With his hands tied as they were, the only spin was to convince the guys to come back. He did this by playing on their loyalty to the tOSU program and it's storied history.The TAT5 suspension AFTER the Sugar Bowl has made as big a joke of the NCAA as the Newton suspension and immediate re-instatementIMHO

I know we hardly ever agree, but I totally agree with you on this one.

January 21, 2011  02:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I know we hardly ever agree, but I totally agree with you on this one.

::faint::

LOL

January 21, 2011  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The TAT5 suspension AFTER the Sugar Bowl has made as big a joke of the NCAA as the Newton suspension and immediate re-instatement

So what will you think if the reduce O5U to 4 games?

January 21, 2011  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

So what will you think if the reduce O5U to 4 games?

More of a joke.....

NCAA has no teeth and the schools are just as bad. No matter what you say, these young men are being taught that you can get away with it....

Right now the 5 game suspension is really a 3 game suspension....I wouldn't say that not being able to play against Akron and Toledo is going to hurt them or anyone else....and if that gets reduced to 4.....

January 21, 2011  03:17 PM ET

And I will say that the CN suspension was a joke.

If a player has done something to deserve a suspension, then they should be suspended and it should start immediately. Sugar Bowl or no. And the suspension should be more than a couple of hours.

CN suspension was like telling your kid they are grounded and then going into their room 5 minutes later and ungrounding them....learn NOTHING except how to skate thru life.

 
January 21, 2011  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

So what will you think if the reduce O5U to 4 games?

See I agree with the punishment, they screwed up and broke the rules...I dont agree with what they sold, but I also dont agree with the rule itself...so Im awash of the entire thing. they need to man up and serve it out.

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