Tarnished Vest

Ever since December the public persona and image of former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel has been in a tail spin. He was seen to be the squeaky clean head coach who was the role model that every kid wanted to play for. But in a recent Sports Illustrated article that image has been torn down and we are shown a seedy underside that Tressel has kept hidden from public persona.

There are reports in the story that talk about his wrong doing as far back as his days at an assistant at Ohio State, but you even learn that he turned a blind eye during his time at Youngstown state. Jim Tressel has been known as the “Senator” because he was so squeaky clean and eloquent when he spoke, he could make you believe the sky was green, even while you could clearly see it’s blue. He was the good christian head coach who did no wrong and played by all the rules. He was what every school wanted to have as far as a coach goes.

The longer things go on, the dirtier the story gets, it has been reported that not only has Tressel known about everything that has gone on under him, he has even helped organize a lot of it.  But up until March, he would lead you to believe that he didn’t know it was going on and he was still squeaky clean. With his reputation, you couldn’t help but believe it. His nickname of the “Senator” has become more fitting since all this news broke, because he was nothing but a silver tongued politician who would make you believe he is innocent even with the evidence in his back pocket.

It is highly doubtful that Tressel will walk the sidelines of a major college ever again, but this is one case in light of the new evidence that the NCAA needs to levy some punishment on Tressel and make it where no school will touch him for a long time.  Much like they did when Basketball coach Kelvin Sampson got busted and he had a personal punishment besides what his school had to suffer through.  Jim Tressel will get hired by some school somewhere in the future if he so chooses, but he needs to suffer with some no name school out of the spotlight. 

This is the one chance that the NCAA can really make a statement, and lay down the hammer on Tressel and keep him from having another BCS quality job in college football again. But it wouldn’t surprise me if we ever see Jim Tressel on any sideline ever again, he has made enough money to never have to work again. Only time will tell where he comes back into the public conscience, and I am sure at some point when this is forgotten by most, he will end up being an analyst for one of the networks or even a color analyst at some games.

In the end, we have learned that the sweater vest is tarnished and will never be able to remove that filth that has been uncovered by what was a great coaching career. If this had never come out, we would probably be calling him one of the greatest coaches of all time. So as the tarnished vest rides off into the sunset, I am sure more dirty laundry will be aired before the final verdict is handed down by the NCAA in August.

7 thoughts on “Tarnished Vest

  1. If I was an AD of a major Division 1 team, I wouldn’t touch Tressel. That bad thing is how he preached and preached humility, honesty, respect etc etc…

    • He made his image and kept the bad transgressions hidden for so long. I don’t want to see him on the sidelines of any college program ever again, but I doubt it will happen. He has been a proven winner(and now cheater) and some school, no matter how small or far off the radar it is, will offer up a 2nd chance to him.

  2. Nice article Kody. The truth was spoken. This guy was and is a snake oil salesman. Money makes people do things they would never otherwise do. This all has to stop. The NCAA needs some rules with teeth in them to deter this kind of activity. If the punishment is great enough, the cheating will stop.

  3. Cheating is all over and it starts in high school. Anyone who was a ‘big deal’ at the high school level can attest to that. Anything from free alcohol or meals to ‘borrowing’ cars from dealerships. This certainly does not stop in college. College athletes are treated like Kings. Not only from the athletic department but from the students as well. Rules do no apply to them. Apparently, at BYU they do (HA). But for the most part… I think most colleges are aware of what goes on. This generation of athletes lives in a fantasy world that they are invincible. Blue Chips may be a dated movie but it is still really relevant. Anyway, I agree the NCAA needs to lighten up the rules or change the current punishments.

    It is really all about the money right? Who cares about the education anyway.

    • I don’t think that lightening up the punishments isn’t the answer. I think they need to crack down and make it tougher for the schools to get away with something. I would like to see them bring back the death penalty and not be afraid to use it because the school brings in a huge amount of money.

      I agree that the schools know it goes on and tolerate it. but letting them get away with it does more damage than good in today’s society. You are starting to have to many athletes that feel they are above the rules and can get away with anything. This is the case that the NCAA needs to flex it’s muscle to show that all the cheating and lying will not be tolerated.

  4. Agreed. And by lightening up, I mean changing the system and allowing athletes to make some kind of money off of certain things, but clearly that would cause another set of problems.

    Perhaps if the NCAA banned Coach Tresell from coaching again that may send some kind of message, because he will coach again. He is that good, I think programs are willing to take a risk to hire him and make their program number one. The death penalty works for some schools. Ohio State would take a financial hit but I do not think it would hurt the school long term. Alumni continue to pour money into the program. What else is in Ohio? Losing pro-teams. Smaller schools like SMU really are rocked to the core by the death penalty.

    Good article. I am curious to see what happens. So long Coach.

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