Originally Posted by Chip R
But he did, though and nobody cared about what he did off the field when he lost a game.
Tressel's a great guy. No argument there. Give him the Nobel Prize and a key to the city. But coaches are ultimately judged by wins and losses. No tOSU fan would give two hoots in hell about Tressel if he were a bad coach. He's a heckuva coach and a heckuva guy. But he made a mistake which not only cost the Buckeyes a shot at the BCS Championship but the money that went along with it and stigmatized Tressel (fairly or unfairly) as a liar and a cheater.
They should because he's as guilty for them not going to the postseason this year as if tOSU lost a game because he called the wrong play. The players committed the violations - no question about it. But, as we've seen over at Penn State and other places, the cover-up was the bigger problem. Tressel thought he had a team that could go all the way so instead of running the risk of having some of his best players being suspended that year, he covered it up until it was no longer possible to cover it up. Then, when the hammer came down, it was too late to penalize that year's team so this year's team had to pay the price.
Maybe you don't care about what the man did off the field, but I did. And it is upsetting to hear people smear a man who has probably done more great things as a human being when he was a coach at OSU than most people do in a lifetime.
I am not denying he made a huge mistake in lying to the NCAA. But that shouldn't define the man. It's just a sad truth of this world that so many people, ESPN, Buckeye Haters, would rather constantly focus on the negatives of the sporting than the positves.Never once did I hear ESecPN mention Tressel's trips to the children's hospital, his donations to the United Way. But they kept a constant scrolling ticker on the scandal. Hell, they even tried to sue OSU for info.
But I am probably getting off base here, my point is I am not upset that OSU got a bowl ban. It wasn't Tressel's fault, it was the NCAA unfair ruling that gave OSU the bowl ban. The punishment simply didn't fit the crime.
You reasons for Tressel covering it up couldn't be further from the truth. I promise you winning games wasn't his reason for what he did.