Former OSU head coach Jim Tressel is a great football coach. He has won an awful lot of games and numerous championships (4 at D 1-AA Youngstown State where he was AD and HC, 1 at OSU in 2002). He even has an SU connection, having coached the QBs here under Coach Mac from 1981-1982.
Unfortunately, he has earned a reputation as someone willing to play, shall we say, a little fast and loose when it comes to oversight and impropriety. At Youngstown State it came out that his star QB received illegal benefits from a booster, the same booster Tressel asked to find the kid a job when he came to campus. The NCAA began an investigation into the matter, but terminated it after an institutional internal investigation uncovered no wrongdoing. The truth came about when the booster was undergoing trial for fraud and the QB testified about the benefits. This ultimately lead to sanctions for lack of institutional control. The NCAA faulted Tressel and Youngstown State for their cursory 1994 investigation, but did not cite them for wrongdoing.
In April 2010, Tressel was notified by a local attorney and former OSU walkon about numerous NCAA violations regarding football players and a local shady tattoo parlor owner. Tressel was questioned about the issue by his AD and the NCAA on at least 4 different occasions, and lied about the situation in each case. Only after incriminating emails from Tressel to the attorney were discovered during an unrelated matter did the truth become known. Tressel played numerous players during that 2010 season that he knew would have been ineligible. He claimed that he didn't know who to speak to about the allegations (despite having been an AD at Youngstown State, and having been asked about it multiple times). The NCAA vacated all of OSU's wins from 2010 and levied a 5 year show cause penalty against Tressel. Sports Illustrated has reported that violations involving this tattoo parlor owner went back all the way to OSU's 2002 championship season and involved at least 28 players.
So that is 2 instances, at different schools, where Tressel at best looked the other way and when told there might be a problem barely even investigated the matter, and at worst, solicited booster funds to be funneled to a star recruit and actively obstructed both university and NCAA investigations.
So, SU nation, where stand ye? What matters more - winning at all costs or a coach who at least maintains the illusion that he has integrity (I mean, lets face it, everyone cheats in the NCAA, right? No? Who knows...)
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