Published March 8, 2011 - 9:08am
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With the latest report that Jim Tressel knew about the acts of his players such as Terrelle Pryor selling merchandise and memorabilia which of course is an NCAA violation, the sweater vest may have started to unravel.
Until now, Tressel has been essentially a coach without blemish. One of the shining beacons of college football. Success on the field. A traditional sweater vest look week-in and week-out.
On a side note, this is just further evidence that the entire NCAA system of violations needs to be scrapped and re-worked into a more simple, straightforward system of rules. Like the US tax code, it seems like nobody even knows for sure what the rules are. Then when they’re broken, the consequences have zero consistency to them – i.e. Ohio State players playing in the bowl game but missing five games to start the 2011 season.
Jim Tressel is a good coach and a good leader. And this shouldn’t cost him his job. But depending on where this goes, there is one rumor that is sure to begin at some point. That is the rumor of Urban Meyer to Ohio State.
There’s a plethora of anecdotal evidence over the years that Urban Meyer would eventually return to his home state of Ohio – many also speculate on Meyer returning to Notre Dame in the future where he served on the coaching staff early in his career.
I think it’s a bit early, but this is essentially the first chink in the armor, or maybe the first loose thread of the sweater vest of Mr. Jim Tressel. A few more key losses, some NCAA penalties, you could start to hear the rumors get louder. With someone like Urban Meyer possibly available, it can’t help the situation.