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November 24, 2012, 09:26 PM
I witnessed something today at the Ohio State/Michigan that left me with the impression of how fickle a mob can be.The honoring of the 2002 National Championship and their Head Coach Jim Tressel showed me one thing.The Ohio State fans still revere Tressel even though his actions directly are responsible for the current situation the 12-0 Buckeyes are in.I was in the stands when Woody came back to the stadium for the first time after the Gator Bowl incident and same reception except knowing Woody like I did he would have acknowledged the crowd with a simple wave and walked away.Though he never apologized for his actions and forced the university to fire him,he was deeply saddened about the hurt and shame he caused Ohio State and took that with him to his grave.Funny how winning trumps everything in the world of college football and what short memories its fans have.
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November 26, 2012  01:06 PM ET

I am definitely posting as a guest, here, but I cannot recall Woody's Boy previously creating a message board. Thanks again for making your tickets available to GTH and me, WB. It's a nice footnote to my first & only game at the 'Shoe that it was one of 12 victories for the 2012 season.

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November 26, 2012  01:42 PM ET

Just my two cents worth....the shoulders that carried Tressel off the field were the players on the 2002 squad, and not a "mob" of fans. Obviously, the players (especially that year) have a special relationship with each other and with Tressel....hence the action of hoisting him onto the shoulders.

And for what its worth, I do not believe Jim Tressel acted in the manner portrayed. I believe JT walked down the hall to Gene Smith's office with the information provided, and GS made the choice on how to proceed. It is also my belief Tressel fell on the sword......not in disgrace, but as his last act of "honor" to "save" tOSU.

November 27, 2012  09:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Just my two cents worth....the shoulders that carried Tressel off the field were the players on the 2002 squad, and not a "mob" of fans. Obviously, the players (especially that year) have a special relationship with each other and with Tressel....hence the action of hoisting him onto the shoulders.And for what its worth, I do not believe Jim Tressel acted in the manner portrayed. I believe JT walked down the hall to Gene Smith's office with the information provided, and GS made the choice on how to proceed. It is also my belief Tressel fell on the sword......not in disgrace, but as his last act of "honor" to "save" tOSU.

Had he not been disciplined at his previous school Youngstown for the same type of transgression I might be able to but into that.Protecting your players is admirable but Pryor and the others were nothing more than a bunch of spoiled athletes who thought they could do whatever they wanted to.Protecting the school and the program should come first even if it meant those guys being kicked off the team.As for Gene Smith I highly doubt that his job was more important to save than Jim Tressels'.In the end the 2012 Buckeyes suffered the fatal consequences of their actions.

December 4, 2012  10:57 AM ET

I tend to agree with all the points made here. I know where WB is coming from, but I can also understand the light in which a number of us hold Tress.

I have always said he made some selfish decisions, made some decisions he thought was in the best circumstance for his kids, and paid heavily for all of them.

I was there as well, saw the gesture I thought it was nice but in a way over the top for what situation of the game and the current season.

Most of my friends were on the 98-02 teams, I know the pride and gratitude they feel for Tress as I many of the same feelings.

I guess I'm just on the fence about the display and what it means to be a Buckeye, no one is bigger than the team, which is odd Tress in a way became that, since that is one of the main things he preached.

In the end all I can say is thank Coach Tress, thanks WB for saying what a lot of us thought, and thanks 2002 for an amazing year and team!

Go Bucks!!

December 4, 2012  12:56 PM ET

I was unfortunately NOT at the stadium for the game. However, because of that, I heard a beautiful summation of that whole situation.

Sean McDonough was going on and on about how he couldn't understand the reception Tressel received, especially given the effect his actions had on this team, and Chris Spielman said,

"Well, it just goes to show you: once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye."

December 4, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I was unfortunately NOT at the stadium for the game. However, because of that, I heard a beautiful summation of that whole situation.Sean McDonough was going on and on about how he couldn't understand the reception Tressel received, especially given the effect his actions had on this team, and Chris Spielman said,"Well, it just goes to show you: once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye."

You my dear will certainly always be a Buckeye!

December 4, 2012  01:16 PM ET

'Til I die, my dear. 'Til I die. :)

 
December 4, 2012  01:55 PM ET

Wayne Woodrow Hayes ??? and tOSU fans during the previous century ??? would have show much greater dignity and poise under said circumstances.

Tussling and tossling Tressel on a paladin does not shower dignity upon the The Ohio State community.

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