It was a long time coming. If you did not see that Ohio State’s football program would resort to an extremity like Jim Tressel resigning, you may have been walking around with your BS shades on. After the first major allegations surrounding the Buckeyes hit, like everyone else I believed that it was not serious enough to warrant a wide range of disciplinary actions.
A couple of college football players, selling things that they rightfully owned may be against the rules in the eyes of the NCAA, but to me does not seem like such a huge deal. However, when more and more reports began to question other aspects of Ohio State’s sports business dealings such as with car dealerships, things became real. As a result, Tressel will be looking from the outside in on a football program he helped maintain a level of greatness in the Big Ten and throughout NCAA Football in general.
Now, going into the 2011 season without their famed head coach, indefinitely, and their greatest players, including QB Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeyes will be tested more than ever. Of course the ability will remain the same, but the chemistry and integrity of the program has taken a huge hit. The athletic director and players alike have stood by the side of Tressel through the first stages of ramifications when reports first surfaced of the violations pre-Sugar Bowl. It made OSU look more like a family unit than just another program in the Big Ten.
It is speculated that Ohio’s punishments will exceed those of USC’s, but will not equal the death penalty placed on SMU’s doorstep years ago. I don’t know about you, but it will be a little weird to watch any Ohio State game next season without the “Almighty Sweater Vest” and headset yelling from the sidelines.