Published March 18, 2011 - 9:06am
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The situation in Columbus, Ohio gets more interesting by the day. Since Ohio State is a major program nationally in college football (hold your jokes SEC fans), the story developing there is relevant to all fans.
The main storyline of course is Jim Tressel’s NCAA violations in not reporting his athletes tattoo scandal when he found out about it. It has come out that Tressel knew many months ahead of the release about what was going on.
Then came Ohio State’s miserable way of handling the situation and a ridiculous two game suspension. Now, Tressel is requesting he is suspended for give games as he tries to save his credibility and maybe his job.
Next came the story of Kirk Herbstreit, arguably the highest profile Ohio State alum in college football today because of his large on-air presence each week, that he was moving from Columbus because of crazy fans. Not all fans, but the crazy fringe element of Ohio State fans. Not exactly good timing with everything else going on.
Now, SPORTSbyBROOKS has released an excellent article on another situation in Columbus in which great Bruce Hooley, a mainstay in local Columbus / Ohio State radio is now leaving the station. It is speculated that he was sort of forced out due to his objective, harsh critiques of the program.
I imagine athletic directors across the country are watching these events unfold and learning huge lessons on how to handle future scandals and allegations should they arise in the future. You can bet that the SEC ADs that run huge athletic programs are taking note.