It was Inevitable

What happened earlier today with the Tressel resignation is really no surprise to me, except that it took as long as it did for him to resign. As I mentioned in a previous post back in March, Coach lost my support when he signed the NCAA document on December 8th saying that he knew nothing about the tattoo parlor incident when he in fact had received details the prior April.

I can understand that initially Coach Tressel’s thoughts were that he wanted to protect the players and that there might have been an issue with confidentiality, but when you forward the e-mail about the incident to Pryor’s confidante in Pennsylvania and not to the athletic director of Ohio State, that’s a HUGE mistake in my humble opinion. Tressel should have come clean during the March press conference and he didn’t.

I am also bothered about the way athletic director Gene Smith and school president Gordon Gee handled the situation once they knew about it. When Ohio State held the press conference Gene Smith should have said that the university was going to conduct a more broad and comprehensive investigation to determine if there were more rules infractions that took place. Maybe then the details of car deals and living arrangement benefits might have been uncovered.

For Gee to say to the media, I have no intention of firing Coach Tressel, I only hope he doesn’t fire me has to be one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard ! Has college athletics gotten so big that the president of a major university is afraid to reprimand his own coach ? I think that Gee was treating Tressel as if he was above the NCAA rules that every other school has to follow and I think this is inexcusable.

I hope I am wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the NCAA decides to open up a second investigation into the new allegations that have recently come out. I wonder how Buckeye fans are going to react when we are slapped with NCAA sanctions of one, two or three years of probation not to mention the loss of numerous scholarships. I am as big a Buckeye fan as the next person, but the next few years are going to be very tough for Buckeye Nation.

Urban Legend

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I am not sure if the Webnerhouse blog has ever participated in rumor or speculation, but last week while watching the OSU basketball game on Friday I heard that a friend of mine knew for a fact that Urban Meyer, Florida’s ex-coach had purchased a house in Upper Arlington.

His moving here probably isn’t much of a stretch as Coach Meyer is a native of Ohio and an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati. His first collegiate coaching opportunity was for two years as a graduate assistant here at Ohio State. I have tried to verify his buying a house here through my friend who sells a lot of real estate in Upper Arlington, but with no luck.

This rumor is an interesting one none the less as additional information surfaced last week that Coach Tressel forwarded the dreaded e-mail he received last year to Terrell Pryor’s mentor in Pennsylvania. So much for the confidentiality excuse he used in the press conference.

I typically give people the benefit of the doubt, but what bothers me is that Tressel knowingly signed a piece of paper in December stating he knew nothing about tattoo parlor situation when he did. One would think that his efforts to not come totally clean will cause the NCAA to come down harder on Ohio State than initially anticipated.

Recently Coach Tressel has been saying he is sorry for not knowing what course of action he was to take with the e-mail, yet he forwarded the e-mail on to Pryor’s confidante. Maybe I am being to hard on the guy, but the I didn’t know what to do excuse he has been using is wearing thin with me and makes me think that his resignation or his ouster may be in order.

Ohio State’s reputation has been tarnished and is taking a beating on the internet – O lie O and O$U to name a few. Of course 80% of the Buckeye faithful are still behind coach Tressel, but for how long if the school is placed on probation for a year or two with no bowl eligibility.

No one knows how this whole thing will play out, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a coach that knows how to beat Southeastern Conference teams for a change ?