Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One wacky Professor running the asylum

There's a lot in the OSU story saga that can turn the stomach. And I'm not sure that what's coming to light now is all that uglier than the NCAA and tOSC officials allowing their tatt'd up players to play in the Sugar Bowl despite the improper benefits.

For now we have the coach failing to admit he was wrong after being caught in a lie. Coach Tressel knew nearly a year ago that his players were given the tattoos and lied to his bosses about it. Yet he's still pretty comfortable in his own skin.
On Tuesday night, we learned Tressel isn't any different from a lot of coaches in college football. He's apparently more concerned about winning games and championships than following rules and doing things the right way.
In fact, Tressel might be even worse than other coaches who are corrupting college athletics. He won't admit he's wrong even after he has been caught.
Facing the biggest crisis of his career, Tressel never once apologized for knowingly breaking NCAA rules during a news conference on the Ohio State campus on Tuesday night. Worse, Tressel never owned up to not telling his bosses or NCAA investigators that he was aware that at least two of his players might have accepted improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor in Columbus, Ohio.
When Tressel was asked if he was worried the scandal would tarnish his reputation, he said he's always been his biggest critic.
"I don't think less of myself at this moment," Tressel said.
Whatever. I didn't fall off the college football turnip truck yesterday. I realize most of these coaches feel they're entitled to have respect, even when their own actions continually strip that down to nothing.

But it's easy to see why the sweater vest  has this pompous attitude when the campus brass can't stop browning their own noses.
Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said he never considered firing Tressel.
"No, are you kidding me?" Gee said. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
That's insanity folks. Plain and simple. No matter what a Georgia coach does in the arena, I never want him running the show. No one should be above the rules. And they should never be above the institution.


JenniferfromLaJolla said...

My jaw is on the floor. Not that it should be. The NCAA is such a joke.

Cojones said...

I,for one, don't appreciate that Emmert, JTU and the Big10 have made them a joke.