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Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel told Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio that the situation concerning the Buckeyes’ football program is embarrassing and disgusting.

“Coach [Jim] Tressel has to look in the mirror,” Krenzel said. “He has to hang his hat on it. Our football coach got caught holding a smoking gun in his hand.”

Speaking on Todd Wright Tonight, Krenzel told Wright his immediate reaction when Tressel announced his resignation Monday “was surprise, but I wouldn’t say it was shock.”

“The person I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with was not the man that people see right now.”

Krenzel, the last quarterback to lead the Buckeyes to a national title in 2002, said after reading the various reports about the allegations surrounding the program showed Tressel in a different light.

“He was obviously flawed,” Krenzel said. “Maybe he wasn’t as good or perfect, especially that Buckeyes fans wanted him to be or pictured him to be.”

Krenzel said he didn’t think Ohio State fans were necessarily angry at Tressel or quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

“I think it’s more disgusted,” Krenzel said. “People are disgusted, disappointed. Frankly we’re embarrassed by it more than anything.”

Krenzel said the current players deserve blame for what has happened.

“It’s a different generation,” Krenzel said. “What was a great opportunity at Ohio State … that’s all been forgotten. In my opinion, it’s turned into coming in as a freshman [and thinking] ‘what can I get?’ It’s disappointing to see all around the country, not just Ohio State, what college football is turning into.

“Guys come in with this sense of entitlement and a screwed up set of priorities. Part of the blame is on them.”

Krenzel said he doesn’t believe any more allegations will surface at Ohio State, but that doesn’t make the future outlook any better.

“I do think it is going to get worse,” Krenzel said. “This situation is ugly and it’s going to get uglier.”


Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:01 pm

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

The thing that bothers me the most is, when this first popped off, The Univ decided to reign in this incident "In house". Cool. No worries there. But, when the Univ decided to suspend the offenders AFTER the bowl game showed me there was a void of integrity.

They were afraid of losing $$$ if lost to Opponent, and ranking position, which I assume comes with higher $$$ payday.

If the Univ is willing to skirt integrity, then how can we expect for the coach to stand up to the bullies in a weak economy?

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:52 am

Suckeyes penalty MUCH worse than USC

Slimeball and slug Tressel makes Carroll/USC and Tennessee/Pearl look like choirboys. Multiple teams,multiple players breaking multiple NCAA rules will put Suckeyes close to death penalty. How does minimum 5 scholarships gone,2 years of NO championships,NO TV and NO bowl games sound. Kirk is now in the middle of SEC country,champions company and loves it in Music City. Suckeyes fans,Cam Newton is a saint compared to Pryor. What freebie will Pryor get this week and why is he driving-his license is suspended!

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:49 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

People from Ohio are so retarded. Kinda like this guy below me. All he can do is make fun of someone else's city. OSU is a cheater and now will average about 4 wins per season over the next 10 years. Congrats on your ONE national championship. Yippie. Looks like PITT will be taking your recruits. Thanks.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:17 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Yeah Bigdaddy, because your Georgia teams have done so much right?  LMAO, talk about getting a life, look at Atlanta, top five most crime ridden cities in the country, Columbus isnt even close. I know, you will tell me about the Braves, but what have they won in the last ten years? Your Falcons??? Yeah, they had a guy...what was his name???? sent to prison for something dogs!!!! Yeah, you dont have any room to talk there Fatdaddy.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:59 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Less that 1% of schools are clean.....since 2001.......go back further into the woodpile and the list grows...

So, you're claiming that 119 of 120 D-I programs have been put on probation since 2001?

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:50 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Tressel was as dirty as they came.  When Ohio State gets the book thrown at them, maybe their rather ignorant fans will understand exactly what he did to their program.  Herbie was right in his cirticism of Tressel, and that got him run out of Columbus.  It is time for these whining Ohio State fans to GROW UP and get a life.  Now I know that other than Ohio State athletics and the Colurbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, there is not a lot to do in Columbus, but that is no excuse for the fans making total a**es out of themselves.  Ohio State fans should study the record of the Blue Jackets, because they excell in mediocrity, just like Ohio State's football team will be doing for a few years now.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:47 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

OSU - for football
Auburn - Pat
Alabama - longest penalized
Arizona State - most penalized
SMU - no need to explain
New Mexico - why?
Texas A&M
Boise St.
North Carolina
Ball State
BYU - yep
Fresno St.
Georgia Tech
West Virginia

I'm tired of typing.  The point that the only thing smoking is what other institutions are smoking....All listed above have had NCAA violations and this isn't a complete list of offenders or sports.  I'll just list those who haven't had a major violation, Penn State and Stanford...congrats.  They have had there share of assaults, bar fights, dismissals, etc.  We're looking into a glass house folks!

Less that 1% of schools are clean.....since 2001.......go back further into the woodpile and the list grows...

Big 12 - 39 major violations
SEC - 32 major violations
Big 10 - 19 major violations

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:58 am

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Krenzel is a man who knows what goes on at OSU and he may be getting out the right message. Tressel was caught red handed.

Everone should be disgusted that something like this happens at any school.

But not so much about the players doing stupid things. Most "major sport" players are not in college for being smart. Just because some players are very smart is not the point. They are there because they can play a sport to a level most people can't. And the sense of entitlement is carried over from high school. Some are bound to make mistakes when the NCAA system is all about money and they often feel they are getting none of the goods. That point is for another day.

The fact that a head coach would hold back information when he knows his job is to lead and do the right thing is the issue. The fact that a coach, who is getting paid to do more than win, fails to stand up and teach these young people that his job is about more than doing everything to win.

And by doing so, teach young men that when they do wrong, they can own up to their mistakes or be faced with the loss of the chance to play that sport at this level. That message would help prove to those players and future players that they could recover from lapses in judgement.

But as Krenzel points out, people should be disappointed when the adult in charge who has all the tools ready for him to do the right thing or get information about what is the right thing fails to do so.

It is bad enough that players will do the wrong thing sometimes and the staff not know about it. And there are some players (not many) who will never do the right thing. A coach should take a chance on players and give them a chance to do things the right way and point them in the right direction. But when a head coach does find out his players have tripped up, he must stand up for the right thing.

Tressel had the chance, even before the bowl game, to get out ahead of the "tat" issue and would have been talked about as the coach who stood up for the right way to do things. Just as his books lead people to believe. The later facts about cars would have still come down mainly on the players and just more the coach did not know. There is only so much the staff can know about what 80 or more players may be doing all the time.

Insteed, he is now tagged as another in a long line of win at all cost cheaters who will have a very hard time being trusted again.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:28 pm

"Denard Caught Holding Bag of Weed"

Krenzel was talking about the evolution of college football.  Most kids
 nowadays feel a sense of entitlement.  This includes the 5 foot 7 180 pound starting QB at michigan.  It takes a real coach to teach these 18 - 20 yr old kids the important things in life and how to be men.  They have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity, unfortunately some choose to waste it.  

Do you really think Rich Rod wasn't caught cheating?  I must have missed the praise from Richy's former players about all the good he has done over his many years or how he has been an inspiration.  Not one!!  

Michigan fans are so desperate that they make me laugh.  BTW, the FREEP is investigating Denard's violation of ncaa rules for substance abuse.  

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:01 pm

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Craig Krenzel works at a Columbus, Ohio radio station.  The same station that broadcasts Ohio State football games.
It wont be long before he starts receiving anonymous death threats from Ohio State fans and will have to move
his family out of Columbus for their safety.  Things are getting really bad now in Columbus if your not 100% pro-Buckeye.

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