Posted by Adam Jacobi
CBSSports.com was in Columbus today, getting the general consensus from Ohio State students and fans about Jim Tressel's resignation today.
Obviously, loyalty is important in sports fandom, and OSU is no exception. But one must wonder whether the people praising Tressel's selflessness and doing what's best for the school realize he's only in that position because of instances of greater selfishness and indifference to what's best for the school. This was his mess that he created, then refused to address, after all. But these folks probably don't need to get their noses rubbed in it right now, so their attempts to put a positive spin on the situation can be excused with ease.
Similarly, their desire to see Urban Meyer on the sidelines soon is admirably optimistic, but if Meyer couldn't maintain his health while coaching at Florida, there's no way he would be able to handle Ohio State right now. That's not a knock on his character, but like Florida, Ohio State is a very high-stress job, and his body doesn't handle stress very well. We've seen what coaching does to him. It's not good. But Bob Stoops, though? There's an intriguing name. If there's any best analogue for a powerhouse like OSU replacing a coach amid NCAA sanctions, though, it's USC, so Columbus' expectations might need to get tempered just a wee bit.