My wife works with a guy who is an OSU fan. He's out for a while cause he and his wife just had a baby, so as a practical joke they are taking his Jim Tressel bobblehead doll around to various spots like the tattoo parlor and pawn shop and taking pictures of the bobblehead visiting.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
Small has retracted part of his comments. Reading it at first makes you think that the NCAA should start paying student athletes, because he said that he sold his rings just so he could afford rent. Then you read the part where he was driving a Chrysler 300 with a $600 monthly car payment.
Well, I just heard about this today on twitter, but it appears there are rumors all over the internet about an article that could be released Tuesday (5/31) in SI about OSU. This article is rumored to have "new" information on Jim Tressel that goes back quite a while. The article is rumored to be written by award winning journalist George Dohrmann who has been credited with bringing down the University of Minnesota basketball program with his investigative reporting in 1999.
Reportedly, Dohrmann has been digging around in Columbus recently. These rumors have kind of been on again and off again. They range from being about Jim Tressel to pay for play allegations, though they mostly center around Tressel. The only thing known with some certainty is that Dohrmann was in Columbus for an extended amount of time. Sounds like the rumor was first reported by a radio station in Columbus. The host seemingly knew a person with knowledge of Dohrmann's investigation. I don't know anything about the radio hosts, so I don't know how much to believe about this. If this is in fact true, things are about to get really interesting in Buckeye Country.
Those are rumors. There is no article. He is in Columbus looking for a story but nothing is scheduled to come out.
My views are probably a little skewed by the fact that I just watched the latest (awesome) South Park, which adresses the student-athlete issue.
I'm more of a UC football fan, but in my view, the negativity towards OSU here is purely pedantic. That, and coming from people with an axe to grind regarding the program's success and relative prestige (i.e. most non-OSU college football fans).
I say that because, in my estimation, it would take a small army to regulate the football program to save it from all allegations. Again, this is all IMO, but all of these problems are systemic. They're more or less unavoidable, given the circumstances.
Anybody that's ever been to Columbus, or any other similar college football powerhouse town for that matter, pretty much knows what's going on. In Columbus, the OSU football players are revered as much if not more than any professional athletes. OSU football is THE focal point of the community. EVERY car dealership, pizza place, whatever pretty much has to tout OSU football and uses it in their promotions.
Now, for most of us, that's not really news. But it is a team that plays an incredibly important role in the local economy and culture, much moreso than the Bengals or Reds or UC or Xavier do in Cincinnati. I don't think it's that much of a stretch to say that Eddie George or Troy Smith or whatever the biggest OSU star is at the time (before this scandal broke) had more celebrity in Columbus than Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips currently have in Cincinnati.
Now add in that these are very young, often very broke college guys. Now add that they see money being made off of them literally all around them, buying their jerseys, and it's all money that they cannot touch. Like I said, damn near every local establishment in Columbus -- not to mention the school itself -- tries to profit off of OSU football, but the players cannot.
Now add that, oh yeah, tons of these business people and boosters are more than willing to tell you whatever you want to hear, give you whatever you want, etc.
I mean, seriously, if you put that sort of situation under a microscope, you expect not to find anything? I guess you could expect all the players to have a moral fortitude that far exceeds that which exists in any corporate environment in the entire damn country, much less among 18-23 year old college students. Or I suppose OSU ought to have an entire division of employees devoted solely to monitoring around 100 college football players, to ensure that they comply to NCAA rules.
There exists a point where, when regulating a certain set of rules becomes unfeasible or simply patently ridiculous, the problem clearly lies within the rules themselves.
Tressel just resigned.
It was necessary. But this is the darkest day in OSU football since The Punch.
Stand strong Coach Tressel. Good people make bad mistakes.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
No shock. Tressel takes the fall, and they hope the program doesn't get hit. THE OSU probably should have been tagged for lack of instutional control, and still may in the end.