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Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:54 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Any doubt as to whether Ohio State would continue to stand behind its man Jim Tressel through the NCAA investigation was answered today when Tressel announced his immediate resignation from the program. Sure, that's not the same as being fired, but as the Columbus Dispatch reports, that resignation was "encouraged" by Ohio State. The Associate Press' account of the meeting doesn't seem to stray very far from that notion, either.

That departure might be the only thing that saves Ohio State from the worst the NCAA can throw at the Buckeyes. The NCAA's notice of allegations mentions misdeeds by exactly one Ohio State staff member: Tressel. There's also the players' sales of memorabilia and other impermissible benefits received, but that's an eligibility issue, and one that Tressel single-handedly worsened by flagrantly failing to comply with NCAA regulations. If Tressel is removed from the equation, how much punishment does the rest of the OSU athletic department deserve? The way the NCAA's allegations are written, it doesn't appear to be a whole lot.

 So assuming the NCAA doesn't break a bat across the figurative back of the Ohio State football program, considering the entirety of Tressel's tenure in Columbus, will his legacy be overall positive or negative? In other words, would OSU -- or any other school -- do it all over again?

Here are the positives: A 106-22 (66-14) record in one of the most high-profile football conferences in the nation, seven conference championships (either shared or outright), eight BCS bowl game appearances, three BCS National Championship appearances, and one BCS National Championship. Oh, and a 9-1 record against Michigan, a domination that doomed UM coach Lloyd Carr just as much as Tressel's predecessor John Cooper was done in by his ineffectual rivalry record. Few coaches in college history can match a 10-year spree like that.'s Brett McMurphy wondered aloud whether Tressel was only good because he cheated; I'm not so sure that causation exists.

The negatives are less numerous, of course, but they're bad. Ohio State's two brightest stars in the Tressel era, Maurice Clarett and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, were both involved in allegations of preferential treatment (Clarett's troubles got much worse, of course, but that's not exactly something to tie back to Tressel). There's a potential situation with Ohio State players and local car dealerships, although there's no allegation (official or otherwise) of any wrongdoing just yet. And then, of course, this, the scandal that just cost Tressel his job. The hand grenade that Tressel had to jump on after he threw it at his players. Lying to the school and to the NCAA about his players' eligibility is, short of major criminal activity or physically endangering his players, just about the worst thing Tressel could have done as a coach. 

The highest of highs. The lowest of lows. The situation's not quite over yet, but what amount of punishment would make Tressel's ten-year tenure not worth it to Ohio State? After all, the entire point of college football is to play for national championships and to beat the living daylights out of your rivals, and Jim Tressel did that in spades. Ohio State's on a streak of seven straight BCS bowl game appearances. Seven. Even if the NCAA hands down a postseason ban of a couple years--and there's not a whole lot about this situation right now that appears to warrant such a ban--is that really enough to put a cloud of shame over the Tressel Era forever? Would no college football fan endure two years' probation for 106-22 in the 10 years prior?

It's not just an idle thought exercise, either. It took Ohio State over five months and the threat of new forthcoming allegations to finally force Tressel out, after all. So that means in OSU's eyes, the stuff that was on that letter of allegations most certainly did not outweigh Tressel's positives. That troubles Gregg Doyel, and it troubles me too. Here's why: if whatever the NCAA throws at Ohio State isn't enough to ruin Jim Tressel's career in the eyes of fans or athletic departments, well, what's to stop this all from happening again and again? 


Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:57 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

John caliper. Lane Kiffin. Both are still gainfully employed by Universities under the NCAA's jurisdiction... As long as the NCAA fails to ban coaches for violations, coaches will continue to push the envelope. The problem is way more widespread than Tressel or OSU.

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:21 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

Adam Jacobi is a panzi...stop what?  Poor black players from pawing their possessions...just like their parents do every day to survive and eat?  It is America you naive prick.

Tressel and every coach in America must deal with the transition of impoverished lower economic and racial class athletes who are unpolished and uneducated.  Many if not most do not deserve to play at the collegiate level on an academic basis.

So it happens again and again you Jackwagon.  The charade is the exploitation of the lower class, and the lack of fair wages for the athletes.

Slavery does not exist in the professional leagues...sorry Rashard Mendenhall.

It exists at the collegiate BCS level.

Pay these men, and then Brilliant people like Jim Tressel will not be forced to complete the lie that college football is.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:27 am

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

Yea, It was worth it. 9-1 against the losers from up north. come on you can't control 102 players on your team and yes he was wrong for covering up for his players but every team that is in the top 10 year after year has violations waiting to be exposed. SEC has won five straight BCS championships. Start looking into that conference and just about all of them would be on probation. Ohio State will rebound from this and may take a couple of years depending what the NCAA hands down. It was a GREAT RIDE!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:25 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

I don't think the question can be answered by the tOSU faithful until the punishment has been handed out.  If we are talking about a slap on the wrist, then I suspect that most fans will think it was worth it.  But, if the hammer really falls and the punishment is worse than what USC got (it should be in my opinion), then maybe not.  But, NC's are hard to come by, and Tressel got one, so people may be OK with this as long as the death penalty or something of the sort happens (I highly doubt that happens).  Tressel fooled a lot of people, and winning made that even easier. 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:59 am

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

Geez, I love how everyone is yelling foul,  it was for tattoo's, TATTOOS.  It wasn't for a home for mom and dad. get real all you USC fans who are complaining.  Reggie was getting "paid to play".  Big difference between giving up a piece of jewelry you obviously don't care anything about for a tattoo...  The only thing I can say is those boys are just stupid, and Tressel even dumber for trying to hide it.  He obviously didn't have adults playing for him, but then again, with all the crap that is thrown at these kids to come play ball here or come play there, it's amazing that there aren't more incidents like this.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:50 am

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

No doubt you are right. We Trojan fans thought we got hammered, this was the head coach!

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:02 am

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

If his tenure was about winning at all costs but all the wins are stripped away, I doubt that in the pain of what's yet to come OSU fans will think it was worth it. The Jim Tressel era will be forever tainted.

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:40 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

it was bound to happen.. Gene Stallings went thru the same thing.
I was never a fan but he seamed like he knew what he was getting into.
how long before Urban myer is interviewed? 

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:21 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

They blamed USC for not have institutional control not knwoing about Bush. Well OSU clearly doesn't have institutional control when a head coach lies and AD supports him. They deserve worse punishment then what USC got.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:54 pm

Jim Tressel resigns; was his tenure 'worth it'?

Until Tressel got caught it was worth it.  Like any person..itis OK to lie and cheat until you are caught.  Then you are sorry.

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