Ohio St head coach, Jim Tressel, retired today amid the NCAA investigations do to violations he and members of the Ohio St football team made. (To get the full story read this.) This comes as great news to Michigan fans and probably around the rest of the Big Ten as well.
Five months ago when news of the violations first came to light, I was shocked when the NCAA only gave a five game
suspension at the beginning of next season to the players involved. Not only were they allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl (especially when a co-champion of the Big 10 was left out of a BCS bowl), the toughest of those five games will most likely be Michigan State and only one game will be played away from Columbus. But now the NCAA is looking further into Terrelle Pryor and benefits he received. So I suppose it’s possible the school could be stripped of its 2010 victories.
It wasn’t until some emails came to light that showed Tressel knew these violations had taken place and failed to inform his superiors that he sort of apologized and he was given a slap on the wrist with a two game suspension by the university. Even though Tressel volunteered to take the same five game suspension as his players, the punishment still was not enough. Ohio St probably should have fired him on the spot to show that winning wasn’t the most important thing to them. But I guess not all universities have the integrity BYU does.
Tressel is always spoken about with the utmost respect by the media, which is why I was so surprised to find out that this was not the first time he has run-ins with the NCAA. While at Youngstown State, the university was stripped of scholarships because of his program. Now Tressel is finally doing the honorable thing by stepping down.
While the Michigan-Ohio St rivalry has been a heated one over the years, Ohio St has dominated with Tressel at its helms (ouch, that hurt to say). But things are looking up in Ann Arbor. The firing Rich Rodriguez and hiring of Brady Hoke as head coach (who an assistant at Michigan earlier in his career and has been successful as head coach at other schools) has restored hope to what has historically been a very proud program. Ohio St’s current turmoil is just icing on the cake.