Jim Tressel is now former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. The Senator tendered his resignation to the university on Monday in the wake of this ever-widening scandal involving his football program and players. By the end, this might be the biggest fall from grace in the history of college football.
I’m an Indiana grad and therefore no stranger to scandal in my alma mater’s masthead program. Then again, nothing that rat bastard Kelvin Sampson did is as bad as what Tressel has apparently done. All Sampson did was make extra phone calls and not really give a crap whether his players went to class. It just happened to be the second consecutive job he’d done that exact same thing at.
Tressel knew his players were getting illegal benefits, the extent of which hasn’t been fully determined but started with tattoos.
So, as a person who graduated from another Big Ten school, let me just say:
This. Is. AWESOME.
There is no more despised school within the conference than Ohio State. From their douchey insistence that it be called THE Ohio State University, to the fact that 85% of their fans never attended even one class at OSU, to the fact that they misuse public libraries in a most egregious manner, there is simply nothing to like about Ohio State.
This was even more amplified by Jim Tressel, the calm, boring face of their beloved football program. Playing Ohio State sucked because you always knew what you were going to get: they were going to make sure you gained absolutely no yards and bored you to death with their offense. This was Ohio State football.
Worse, they were so successful that they made the BCS title game several times, mostly representing the conference by getting their asses kicked by SEC opponents (though they did get one title).
I don’t want to speculate on anything, but I’m thinking OSU fans are wishing Terrelle Pryor had picked Penn State instead right about now. None of this would have happened without him at OSU. And by “this” I mean the increased lack of good offensive football the last three seasons and everything else that’s been in the papers. And you’ll never see Craig Krenzel complaining about the system that has won so many games for the Buckeyes, either. Like I said, I’m just saying….
But I’m not here to eulogize the Jim Tressel Era. I’m here to declare open f–king season in the Big Ten in football this year. It’s anyone’s ball game now.
Except Indiana’s, of course.