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Tressel out at Ohio State

Jim Tressel

Yeah, I don’t post here very often.  Yeah, with the lockout, you may see me a little bit more frequently.

For now, I needed to pay a quick visit to the PFT sister site for the purposes of firing the first shot in the new chapter of the ongoing clusterfudge in Columbus:  Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel has resigned.

“After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach,” Tressel said in a statement issued Monday morning.  “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”

The school said that assistant coach Luke Fickell, who was slated to replace Tressel during a five-game suspension, will serve as interim head coach.

Frankly, this would have happened weeks ago if Tressel hadn’t delivered consistent high-end results for the school.  So it’s really no surprise, even if it would have been a lot more interesting if Tressel hadn’t been forced out for a chronic inability to tell the truth but for delivering an acute blow to the head of an opposing player during a bowl game.

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  1. dexterismyhero says: May 30, 2011 9:33 AM

    Bout time vesty!!!!!!

  2. WingT says: May 30, 2011 9:36 AM

    Who cares what you say about this Florio, I’ll wait for John Taylors take on it.

  3. seanb20124 says: May 30, 2011 9:38 AM

    Time for Brian Kelly to go after some osu verbals

  4. brownsfrown says: May 30, 2011 9:40 AM


    Tressel gets run out of town, yet Cam Newton hoists a championship trophy.

    Something wrong with this picture?

    No wonder so many people loathe SEC football — “SEC Football: No Rules, Just Right”

  5. southernpatriots says: May 30, 2011 9:43 AM

    We’re with WingT, not only for his great service for the country (thank you!) but also for his comment, we too will “wait for John Taylor’s take on it” since he has a “vest”ed interest. pardon the pun.

  6. snccoach says: May 30, 2011 9:46 AM

    I love it! Tressel runs around writing books on leadership, integrity, and character but if you dig a little bit deeper you find out he’s a lying fraud. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one.

  7. WingT says: May 30, 2011 9:47 AM

    Happy Memorial day Southernpatriots !

    I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday and you are DRY.

  8. patbocam says: May 30, 2011 9:49 AM

    @brownsfrown………….apples & oranges idiot.

  9. buckeye2011 says: May 30, 2011 9:56 AM

    Buckeye Nation will always love Tressel for making OSU the machine it is today.

    Get your shots on OSU while you can, because in 2012 our coach will be URBAN MEYER.

  10. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 9:56 AM

    LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!!!


  11. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 9:58 AM

    Nebraska owns the Big Ten for at least 10 years

  12. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 9:59 AM


    give one reason why gee should be fired

  13. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 10:03 AM

    Always tell the truth kids, Don’t be a Tressel.

    Deb, I am dancing, gloating, and laughing over this news. I will be doing the same when the NCAA hands out it’s punishment for this corrupt school.
    Hopefully it gets the Death Penalty, cause this program still has crooks in position.

  14. thefiesty1 says: May 30, 2011 10:03 AM

    It’s about time. Now it’s time for Gee to go too.

  15. jw731 says: May 30, 2011 10:05 AM

    Another OSU coach resigns in shame…..

  16. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 10:05 AM

    Because he backed Tressel for so long. If he would have even just publicly admonished him, I would have been ok.
    But since GEE and Smith took no action, they both should go.
    Why? Because when they did nothing at all it made the whole entire administration look badly

  17. henryd3rd says: May 30, 2011 10:06 AM

    The proverbial “kiss of death” came two weeks ago when OSU’s athletic director Gene Smith affirmed his support for the coach amid an ongoing NCAA investigation for rules violations. Can the Urban Meyer watch now begin? The dude’s from Ohio and one year working at ESPN should refresh his batteries.

  18. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 10:07 AM

    Fire Smith Too!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 10:10 AM

    Fire Gordon Gee and Gene Smith. Then hire Chris Peterson.

    Oh I would be laughing so hard at the karma!!!!!!

  20. Spencer says: May 30, 2011 10:11 AM

    Now call Urban Meyer and win some championships.

  21. gatorprof says: May 30, 2011 10:12 AM

    Looks like the adults in charge at OSU finally woke up.

    The vest did the correct thing which was falling on his sword.

  22. WingT says: May 30, 2011 10:15 AM

    OSU administration just shifted into damage control.

    Their agreement that Tressel should resign is a fairly good indicator of the mess that is about to follow. Why accept his “resignation” if the claims are false?

    OSU needs this to all go away as quickly as possible. But I doubt it will.

    If you love OSU then push to get all the dirt on the table and dealt with.

    If you hate OSU, the get you a bag of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show.

  23. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 10:15 AM

    Well isn’t this a nice surprise to wake up too!!

    When is the “school” going to fire those other two corrupt people Gee and the A.D?

    I love kicking this corrupt program while it’s down. Where is Gloria Allred Jr.???????? Hopefully the cow gets the news soon, I only have another 24-36 hours of celebrating left!!!!

  24. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 10:19 AM

    WingT says;

    “If you hate OSU, the get you a bag of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show.”


    And thats exactly what I am going to do!!
    There is more to come folks, waaaay more scandel to uncover.

    I’m getting my popcorn, pizza, case of beer, 3d glasses.

  25. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 10:22 AM

    man iamtalkingsolisten has been reincarnated as




    glad to see you’re back on here ladies

  26. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 10:24 AM

    gatorprof says:
    May 30, 2011 10:12 AM
    Looks like the adults in charge at OSU finally woke up.

    The vest did the correct thing which was falling on his sword.


    The Vest had no choice, either fall on the sword or it would be shoved into him. He STILL hasn’t done the correct thing, and the University still hasn’t done the correct thing.

    Tressel should have resigned immediatly after being caught. The A.D. should not have backed him, and Gee should gone soon too as soon as more dirt is uncovered

  27. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 10:25 AM

    buy you know the best part about this, no matter what any SEC team does, no matter how many games they win, no matter who they beat, they will never get the same face and air time as OSU

    everyone claims to hate them, but get ready for nothing but OSU talk for the next 12 months, I cant wait!

  28. polegojim says: May 30, 2011 10:27 AM

    Go BLUE~ I don’t love or hate Ohio State.

    It’s sad that it went this way and I’m surprised.

    Yes, Tressel made several foolish errors… but the discipline should’ve been enough.

  29. emilyscupcakeshoppe says: May 30, 2011 10:28 AM

    This makes no sense to me. The only reason this was such a huge deal was because it was Ohio State. If it was Boise State no one would care. OH WAIT, Boise State just did get busted for giving ALL OF THEIR ATHLETES free stuff. Huh. Where’s the media bandwagon for them? Oh wait, there isn’t one.

    And everyone commenting about Gee have pretty much flushed their credibility down the drain.

    Ohio State does not deserves the death penalty. They don’t deserve postseason bans. And they don’t deserve scholarship losses. Everyone forgets that these were SECONDARY violations. Which never receive that kind of punishment. And the fact that we haven’t even been charged with failure of institutional control, like USC was. So if we get the same or worse punishment as them, its not because we deserve it. Its because everyone hates us.

  30. 1stngoal says: May 30, 2011 10:31 AM

    This could only mean the revelations of NCAA rules infractions are not far behind…

  31. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 10:36 AM

    First off – Go F@#$ yourself Florio and stay on your side of the Football Talk fence. Nobody cares what your opinion is about college football, especially when all it is a pathetic cheap shot. What a tool you are.

    As a grad at OSU, this is indeed a sad day. The Vest drove me crazy sometimes with is play calling but you cannot argue with the results. He has done a ton of great things in the state of Ohio, the university, and the thousands of kids in his program. I doubt we will ever know the real reason he decided to violate his integrity and honesty at this point in time but that is a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Sadly, in his position, most will trash his entire life’s work for it – personally, I am not perfect and have made some pretty bad decisions so I give him a pass to make amends. I totally understand his decision to resign because people like F@#$-face Florio will never stop throwing stones and it is/would have reflected negatively on the university.

    Personally, I will miss The Vest!!! Good Luck Jim!!!

  32. godofwine330 says: May 30, 2011 10:38 AM

    I wouldn’t have stepped down. Never. It’s the punk move. The fines, and punishments are coming, no doubt. Weather the storm because it isn’t like you leaving (see Pete Carroll) is going to keep the program from getting penalized. So stay, weather the storm.

    The only folks who benefit here are Michigan and it’s fans and illumni.

  33. titan40 says: May 30, 2011 10:40 AM

    The media blew this thing way the hell up! Tressel did what he did to keep his players safe. Anybody would want a coach who would put his job at risk like that. Sadly, we have dumb ass Pryor who thinks he’s going to be something and some players who won’t make nothing of themselves that screwed up his coaching career. Once again, lets thank some black athletes for f*cking something up. You all are going to college for free and have a hopeful future with sports, and you can’t even keep that. That’s why most of this country is racist.

  34. jw731 says: May 30, 2011 10:43 AM

    Damn, the body isn’t even cold yet, and already the Urban Meyer talk has started….

  35. WingT says: May 30, 2011 10:45 AM

    Well I have finally found something I agree with you on – Florio. What a little weasel. He just had to jump in and write the one story that was sure to generate a 100’s of posts.

  36. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 10:49 AM


    I agree with most of your comment, except Tressel had self serving interests for doing what he did.
    But the rest of your comment is dead on. Where is Gloria Allred Jr. to read it too? Hopefully baking and cleaning like should be

  37. blitzthepig says: May 30, 2011 10:50 AM

    Welcome to the real world coach Tressel. As Pete Carroll found out. If you hang with crap you become it. Your biggest mistake was going after the prima dona players that feel as if they are above the rules. This wasn’t about recruiting violations it was assinine players and jackass supporters breaking the rules. They never realize that their actions could take down an entire university. They were probably sleeping during those meetings when you were explaing to them what an NCAA infraction is. Where will Pryor be in 5 years?

  38. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 10:50 AM


    Don’t let the door hit ya.

  39. polegojim says: May 30, 2011 10:54 AM

    Everyone who has NEVER misrepresented the truth or lied under intense pressure, step forward from your glass house and keep tossing stones.

    While it’s not right, it IS HUMAN.

    A wicked and sinister cover up for Tatto’s and Memorabilia… oooooooooooooo say it isn’t so?

  40. polegojim says: May 30, 2011 10:57 AM

    All of you who think Michigan fans are reveling in this are wrong and should keep quiet about things you don’t have a clue about.

    After our RR debacle, Michigan fans wanted to ‘renew’ an excellent rivalry with a great performing coach and program.

    I don’t know of any Michigan fans or alum who are happy about this.

  41. WingT says: May 30, 2011 10:58 AM

    I doubt it is only limited to tatoos and memorability – time will tell.

    It’s not the “act’ that gets you, it’s the cover up

  42. sageyoung says: May 30, 2011 11:00 AM

    Sorry Emily, they were secondary violations until Tressel LIED about them. Nobody likes a lying hypocrit! Go back to your cupcakes; deliver a dozen to that jerk Gordon Gee for me…

  43. tryagainplease says: May 30, 2011 11:01 AM

    imsmartandyouarenot says:Don’t let the door hit ya

    it won’t and don’t worry your dumb little head about it.

    anyone want to dig into florio’s past? i’m sure we could come up with some nice and tasty little nuggets to use against him. if we have trouble doing so we could always take his and his drones approach and use unnamed sources and really stretch to come up with some angle to make him look bad or we could simply misquote or twist his words.

  44. waynefontes says: May 30, 2011 11:04 AM

    edgy and imtalking are one in the same says:
    May 30, 2011 10:25 AM
    buy you know the best part about this, no matter what any SEC team does, no matter how many games they win, no matter who they beat, they will never get the same face and air time as OSU

    everyone claims to hate them, but get ready for nothing but OSU talk for the next 12 months, I cant wait!


    I guess if that makes you sleep better at night. Or if you say it enough, that you’ll actually believe it.

    You’re right, winning national championships doesn’t compare to the face time and air time OSU will get with this still unfolding scandal and their punishment.

    That OSU talk over the next 12 months? I don’t think you’re really going to want to hear most of it. Since the majority of it will have to deal with the terms “NCAA”, “infractions” and “penalties”.

  45. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 11:05 AM

    @Wing T – HA – I was thinking the exact same thing when I read your post! I disagree with JT at times for some of the cheap shots he was piling on but at least he remained consistent throughout – Florio, on the other hand, is a complete ass for vomiting such crap!

  46. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 11:05 AM

    Introducing John Gruden as next head coach at OSU

  47. dfeltz says: May 30, 2011 11:07 AM

    Brownsfan – You are such a homer. Tressell is a scumbag. Almost the exact same thing happened while he was coaching at Youngstown St. He is a fake authoritative figure. Just keep in mind, NCAA has yet to rule on this matter as well. Roughly 50 players were receiving deals on cars that other students didn’t get over the his tenure. That is rule #1, watch what your players are driving. Just ask the Fab 5 back in the day.

  48. blitz4848 says: May 30, 2011 11:08 AM

    Stop with the excuses already!!!!!!

    The SEC had nothing to do with the Buckeyes problems. If Auburn gets nailed down the road then so be it.

    This had to be done and was at least 2 months later than was best for tOSU!!!!

    Be real…..the big $$$ contributors wanted him out, as did the high profile alums!

    This isn’t JUST minor stuff–the admin has been in constant communication with the NCAA and they KNOW ahead of the public, in most cases what the NCAA is finding.

    Gee once said Tressel was his boss and with that in mind tOSU should take OUT Gee and Smith as
    well and start over. The NCAA looks favorably on programs that clean house and it would be in their best interest.

    If tOSU wants to try and preserve their tradition and place in the upper tier of college football programs they needle to get humble and take a stance like Haden did at USC and say and do all the right things and hope the NCAA doesn’t hit them any harder than USC got hit!

  49. buckifan4life says: May 30, 2011 11:10 AM

    Okay,…you got your pound of flesh now.

    Say hello to Urban Meyer and Ohio State back on top again coming to a television near you… LOL!

  50. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 30, 2011 11:12 AM

    Mike, don’t you know you committed a cardinal sin? The headline should read “Tressel out at The Ohio State University.” How dare you not address them properly?

  51. Slim Charles says: May 30, 2011 11:13 AM

    I wonder if Gee has one of those spinning bowties

  52. gatorfan1 says: May 30, 2011 11:15 AM


    The whole premise of you post is incorrect AND of course takes absolutely no responsibility….

    BUT keep that last sentence!!!

  53. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 11:17 AM

    Blitz4848 said it perfectly.

  54. macbull says: May 30, 2011 11:31 AM



    …CFT did more than their part to bring Tressel down and I must say, job well done.

    This website and the sports media in general, went after Tressel with a vengeance that they could not hide, try as you might.

    Tressel lied about knowing 4 or 5 players sold trinkets, memorabilia, they thought was theirs to sell, to pay for tattoos.

    That is Tressel’s sin…

    Now we will find out what kind of outfit CFT/TAYLOR’S website is…driven by personal agenda…HATE FOR OHIO STATE..

    OR, will CFT go after other college coaches with the same vengeance, who have done far worse than anything Tressel did, ?

    In the Brent Calloway case at Alabama, a “big Bama fan” took Calloway out of state, to Florida, for two days, prior to signing day…and this website would not even dare write Nick Saban’s name, in connection with this case.

    There are also rumors of cars along with payments to family members in the Calloway recruiting case…and barely a word from College Football Talk.

    I will judge John Taylor and those connected to this website according to the way you conduct yourselves future cases concerning alleged misconduct by college coaches.

    So far, the record of this website is obvious…CFT is deathly afraid of Nick Saban or “personally” connected to him and Alabama…

    Tressel did the honorable thing…he did lie…let’s see if the sports media even cares if other college coaches do the same or far worse.

    Just keep in mind what Tressel lied about…knowing that some of his players sold their memorabilia to pay for tattoos.


  55. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 11:32 AM

    @Blitz – spot on with the SEC comment! This has absolutely NOTHING to do in any way shape or form with any other school but OSU!

  56. weezilgirl says: May 30, 2011 11:36 AM

    We can all cheer that Tressel “resigned” (would you rather resign or be fired?) but I feel that there are many more people at OSU who were complicit in his lies and they also should go. NO ONE can lie and cover-up as much as he did without many others knowing it. His assistants had to know something was going on. Maybe his players also knew. Weknow some of them did!

    A school that has done so much in football has now been brought down by an egostical coach who thought he would never be caught. I often wonder why some people believe that whatever they do is okay, because they are the chosen one?

  57. waynefontes says: May 30, 2011 11:39 AM

    macbull says:
    May 30, 2011 11:31 AM

    Tressel did the honorable thing…he did lie…
    Might want to proofread next time, unless you think lying is an honorable thing.

    However, you may have meant he resigned because he lied and then admittted it freely on his own admission.

    Oh wait, he resigned because he lied and WAS CAUGHT IN A LIE.

    Nice try.

  58. jliskiew says: May 30, 2011 11:39 AM

    Everyone assuming Meyer or Gruden will just simple step in to fill Tressel’s shoes must blindly think that Tressel falling on his own sword is the end game…

    Being a Michigan alum, I understand the draw to the historically elite programs like Michigan and Ohio State, but how many big name coaches will be willing to walk into this mess in Columbus? The Buckeyes are potentially looking at severe sanctions, possibly including but not limited to lost scholarships and post season eligibility loss.

    Meyer and Gruden can have just about any open football job in America they want, and you think this is the situation they want to walk into?

  59. WingT says: May 30, 2011 11:40 AM

    ROTFLMAO at macbull

  60. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 30, 2011 11:52 AM


    If you seriously think an informitory/grapevine site like CFT has that much pull anywhere then I have some swampland in Arizona to sell you.

  61. mddare007 says: May 30, 2011 11:56 AM

    Tressel isn’t a scumbag. He allowed people close to him, but he isn’t a bad person. He deserved to be let go for his lack of control over his program. It’s unfortunate, and OSU’s fans will really make you want to hate on Tressel but he really is a likable guy.

  62. iownyoutoo says: May 30, 2011 12:00 PM

    mddare007 says:
    May 30, 2011 11:56 AM
    Tressel isn’t a scumbag. He allowed people close to him, but he isn’t a bad person. He deserved to be let go for his lack of control over his program. It’s unfortunate, and OSU’s fans will really make you want to hate on Tressel but he really is a likable guy.


    Thank you Mrs. Tressel

  63. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: May 30, 2011 12:00 PM

    A bullet proof vest protects you from bullets.

    A life vest protects you from drowning.

    A sweater vest protects you from pretty girls.

  64. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 12:01 PM

    I wonder how long the brilliant college football mind will wait until he floats his next turd about Dick Rod being considered the next football coach at OSU.

  65. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 12:03 PM

    We actually have swampland here in Arizona – its called Wetlands…

  66. mrcowpatty says: May 30, 2011 12:06 PM

    Regardless if Tressel was fired or quit, the stadium will be full and the fans will cheer. Time to move on. This will not change a thing in college sports, because if you are not cheating, you are not winning.

  67. sportsfix4u says: May 30, 2011 12:14 PM

    Is this Chuck Landon stories?

  68. ibleedorangeowho says: May 30, 2011 12:15 PM

    osu players who did dis should be the ones to resign

  69. thefiesty1 says: May 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Fired? Resigned? The arrogant jerk wouldn’t resign. They FIRED him and wait til the NCAA slaps them and then start over.

  70. 1historian says: May 30, 2011 12:36 PM

    seanb – your 9:38 post. Good point, but I don’t think it will be necessary – I think they’ll be coming to him.

  71. Deb says: May 30, 2011 12:36 PM

    Florio, if you’ve read my PFT comments, you know I have mad respect for what you’ve built. But it’s a blessing to be part of a blog community where we’re not censored for calling the writers by their names :roll:, speaking in Southern dialect, making innocent jokes, or saying someone is a thug. The only things that should be censored are extreme obscenities and sexual degradation. John gets that. And I’ll echo previous commenters in saying–no offense–but it’s his take I want on college ball.

  72. Deb says: May 30, 2011 12:38 PM

    Oh … and Florio, it’s also nice to have our comments post immediately so we can have real discussions any time of the day or night!

    Please don’t come over here and screw things up.

  73. Deb says: May 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    @idon’townafunctioningbrain …

    As a Bama fan, Tressel’s resignation has no impact on me, sweetie. As an objective football fan, I feel Ohio State fans have been tied to the whipping post long enough over some penny-ante violations and their coach’s poor judgment. Perhaps Coach Tressel’s resignation will enable them to put this episode behind them and get back to being the football powerhouse that you hate so much.

  74. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 1:02 PM

    I hate to admit it, but I actually agree with Deb on most of her censoring comments. However, who defines what sexual degradation and “extreme”obscenities mean?

    Your “sweetie” comment to me was offensive and sexist. You must be a neanderthal!!!!!

    I still contend that the violations at OSU are NOT “penny ante”, and Tressel’s actions constitute much more than just “poor judgement”.

    Also, i am not sure that you can define a school as a “powerhouse” when it pads it season record each year in the weak Big Ten conference and never playing in a Conference Championship game.

    But back to the main focus,, I am still appalled at the sexist derogatory “sweetie” comment. You have just set back the movement 50 years!!!!!!
    Please don’t insult me further by calling me dear, or opening a door for me

  75. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 1:05 PM

    Oh yes, i forgot. I too would like to see comments immediatly posted on the other site. As everyone can tell, I have important, knowledgeable, and in depth opinions that need to be shared with the world without delay.

  76. Deb says: May 30, 2011 1:20 PM

    brownsfrown says:

    Tressel gets run out of town, yet Cam Newton hoists a championship trophy.

    Something wrong with this picture?

    No wonder so many people loathe SEC football — “SEC Football: No Rules, Just Right”


    Honeylamb!?! More talk like that and our engagement will be off!! I agree something is wrong with this picture, but blame the NCAA. They’re the ones who went on a witch hunt for Tressel while suspending and reinstating Cam overnight. And where was SI’s big cover story on that?

  77. brownsfrown says: May 30, 2011 1:34 PM

    @ Deb

    Threatening me with the big break-up already? Hmm…usually takes me a full week to make a woman that angry with me!

    I do blame the entire NCAA for these transgressions, but can’t help but wince when I see more blatant violations buried within the SEC’s hallowed halls, which only serve to diminish the legitimacy of SEC domination.

    That’s all I’m saying! The double standard has got to go!

    Now, are we still on for dinner at the river joint tonight?

  78. Deb says: May 30, 2011 1:37 PM

    @iamsmartandyouarenot …

    I don’t think calling someone “honey” and “sweetie” is sexually degrading. And I can handle guys telling me to get back to the kitchen and make them a sandwich. But when someone calls me a c*nt or a wh*re, says I’m a football bunny down on my knees to the players, says I should be dragged into a bathroom and raped on a urine-soaked floor, or says they’re surprised I could take my mouth off a certain player’s penis long enough to comment (all of which have been posted to me on PFT) … I think most rational people would recognize those comments as obscene and sexually degrading. Somehow all those comments made it through (later removed by request), but I was censored every time I called someone “Honey.” Go figure. (Things have recently improved.)

    That’s why I think it’s hilarious when some twit (iownyoutoo) talks about me attacking poor male commenters. Bless their little hearts :roll:

  79. Deb says: May 30, 2011 1:42 PM

    @iamsmartandyouarenot …

    I’m just now scanning the comments. Who were you calling a cow and freakin’ Gloria Allred Jr.???

  80. TxGrown says: May 30, 2011 1:43 PM

    “edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 10:25 AM

    buy you know the best part about this, no matter what any SEC team does, no matter how many games they win, no matter who they beat, they will never get the same face and air time as OSU

    everyone claims to hate them, but get ready for nothing but OSU talk for the next 12 months, I cant wait!”

    Yes genius….but they will always have MORE championships! Many at the expense of osu and more at the expense of the Big 10.

  81. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 1:45 PM


    So next time I disagree with your stance on a subject, I can say ” Honey why don’t you run along and make me a sandwich and grab me a beer” and you won’t arch your back and prepare to launch down my throat?

  82. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 1:46 PM

    @ Deb

    Not you honey

  83. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 1:49 PM

    Comment was not sent in your direction Deb

  84. Deb says: May 30, 2011 1:55 PM

    @brownsfrown …

    That depends … are we talking a burning river near Cleveland or one of our lovely Southern rivers (preferably one that is not overflowing)? :)

  85. Deb says: May 30, 2011 1:56 PM

    @iamsmart …

    Okay … just wanted to be sure :)

  86. jaypace says: May 30, 2011 2:01 PM

    Urban meyer is only as good as his assistants. When Dan Mullen left uf the offense with with him. Osu fans don’t think getting urn means you are just instantly start winning chips.

  87. brownsfrown says: May 30, 2011 2:02 PM


    Bah! No flaming flotsam or simmering sludge? Where’s the ambiance in that?

    Guess I’ll have to settle for a backwater, Spanish moss-framed crab shack on the St. Johns somewhere, huh? Would that do it for you?

  88. Deb says: May 30, 2011 2:02 PM

    @iamsmart …

    Oh, I’ll arch my back and launch, all right 😆 But I can handle that kind of thing. The sexual stuff is the product of warped minds and shouldn’t have any place on the football blogs. It seems that adult moderators should be able to tell the difference between normal jousting and people crossing the line.

  89. joerevs300 says: May 30, 2011 2:14 PM

    @idon’townafunctioningbrain …

    As a Bama fan, Tressel’s resignation has no impact on me, sweetie. As an objective football fan, I feel Ohio State fans have been tied to the whipping post long enough over some penny-ante violations and their coach’s poor judgment. Perhaps Coach Tressel’s resignation will enable them to put this episode behind them and get back to being the football powerhouse that you hate so much.

    I’m not getting this Deb so maybe you can explain it to me, this is what Andy Staples said on

    “Tressel did, however, make a poor choice of NCAA rules to break. An accomplished former coach once told me that the NCAA only considers two violations unforgivable: Getting caught buying a player and getting caught lying to the NCAA. Tressel is guilty of the second, and coaches who get caught lying to the NCAA rarely keep their jobs.”

    So this is NOT some “penny ante” rule. His players received impermissable benefits and when he KNEW about it he chose #1 to do nothing and #2 to LIE about it when asked.

    Meanwhile, the players are able to participate in the Sugar Bowl (A freaking BCS game!). So don’t tell me this didn’t have a tangible impact on the field. $10000 says if Tressel had come out and admitted this, no one on this green Earth would any of those 5 players been on the field in the Sugar Bowl. He made a bet with the Devil that if he kept his mouth shut, he had a team that could win a national title and no one would find out. AND HE LOST.

    Even worse is he wouldn’t resign (Sorry, this isn’t a resignation. He was told “resign or be publicly fired and humiliated worse”. So he resigned) when this first came to light. And in lying the 2nd time, he will bring the wrath of the NCAA down on his “beloved” Ohio State University.

    This is not to mention the whole “sweater vest” and “integrity” image he tried to portray on everyone. I wonder when he’s lying in bed at night now he’ll wish he had just told the truth and he would have kept his job AND his honor, and now he has neither.

    Quit trying to shovel this under the bridge as a minor transgression. He, NOT Gorden Gee, not the AD WAS the face of the Ohio State University. With that comes responsibility, a responsibility he knowingly and willingly threw away and ignored.

    He deserves everything he gets and got from here on out.

  90. fightingwombat says: May 30, 2011 2:23 PM

    Tressel made a conscious decision by not disclosing what he knew when it was time to sign the disclosure form from the NCAA…he knew what had happened for 5 months. He’s paying the price – loss of his job. As for the AD and college president – if they knew about what had happened, then they should join Tressel on the unemployment line. The way the whole matter has been handled from the get-go has been nothing but a Keystone Kops movie…all parties look like idiots.

    I really love the college game, but this crap from the “powerhouses” of the NCAA gets old…when will the NCAA have the guts to give one of these programs the Death Penalty for their “violations”? The NCAA needs to either (1) drop the hammer on a high profile program (Death Penalty) or (2) reform the rules for paying “student/athletes” while they are in school.

  91. joerevs300 says: May 30, 2011 2:27 PM


    +1. Exactly.

    Either USC or OSU need (or needed) to get the death penalty. This has GOT to happen to a MAJOR university (sorry, SMU doesn’t count).

    Let’s see if some university decides to let violations go after that.

  92. rjsjr says: May 30, 2011 2:47 PM

    Thanks for the pot shot Florio. What a classy individual you are. Someone get JT a couple bags of ice because Florio just stomped on his toes. Somehow the holdout justifies him crashing into JT’s site, robbing him of the ability to have the first word , then taking pot shots at a reeling fanbase. I expected plenty of crap from commenters, but not a guy who I’ve never seen post here before. You can take that West Virginia pride(HA!) and shove it right up your exit.

  93. packerfantastic says: May 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    Maybe this should be SMU part II and Ohio State should get the death penalty. Oh, well, that will never happen. The NCAA doesn’t care about the integrity of the game. They just care about the money. If they cared about the integrity of the game they would institute a real playoff to determine the national champion instead of this ridiculous bowl system where they mysteriously hand pick the participants. It is all about the money that the NCAA and the bowl organizers can make.

  94. Deb says: May 30, 2011 2:53 PM

    @brownsfrown …

    Oooo … that sounds lovely :)

  95. John Taylor says: May 30, 2011 3:03 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa people. I was away from my computer until almost 10 ET this morning and, on top of that, had forgotten my phone, thus losing the ability to stay connected via email/texts/calls. Florio did myself and CFT a HUGE, HUGE solid by jumping in when he couldn’t reach me and posting on the news.

    In fact, the very first thing I did when I returned and saw my phone had been blowed up — thanks Emmitt — was to call Mike and thank him for doing that. And apologizing for being away and inaccessible.

    In no way, shape or form did he step on my toes. That’s not how Florio rolls, and he never will.

    The record needed to be set straight. And it has. So, carry on…

  96. Deb says: May 30, 2011 3:15 PM

    @joerevs300 …

    I’ve posted this several times, but it keeps being misinterpreted. I believe the infractions by the OSU players that have so far been proved–selling merchandise for cash, trading autographs for tattoos–are penny-ante. Coach Tressel lying to the NCAA about those infractions is a separate matter, and of course, that was extremely serious.

    As it stands now, all we know for certain is that the players traded autographs for tattoos and sold memorabilia. Since I don’t believe those are serious matters, I wouldn’t call for a coach to be fired for covering up those matters. A five-game suspension and being fined a quarter of a million dollars seemed appropriate. I also think it would be appropriate for the NCAA to vacate OSU’s wins involving those players. However, it’s possible that more violations will be reveals, so as I said last night, whether Tressel stays or goes should be up to OSU. And now they’ve made the decision.

    The NCAA knew about the infractions in time to keep those players from participating in the Sugar Bowl and chose to postpone their punishment because of the money involved–that’s on the NCAA. And the only BCS bowl game of relevance is the national championship. The NCAA also bent the rules to allow an ineligible player to participate in the championship game because of the money involved. Their hypocrisy in situations like these is exactly why I find it difficult to take them seriously as the arbiter of everyone else’s morality.

    The NCAA is most concerned about paying players and lying to the NCAA. I’m most concerned about paying players, gambling, and recruiting violations such as Honey Wagons. And I’m concerned about a system that exploits young athletes by making billions off their skills while refusing to compensate them, ensure they get a proper education, or allowing them to profit from their own names. So the NCAA and I are not necessarily on the same page.

    SMU coaches, athletic departments, administrators, and boosters were involved in pay-for-play schemes for years that continued despite repeated sanctions. At the time, SMU was one of the top college programs in the country. Nothing comparable to that has been alleged at Ohio State, and any discussion of the death penalty–based on what we’ve seen so far–is inappropriate. For one thing, the death penalty cannot be applied unless the school has been repeatedly sanctioned for major infractions.

    I don’t believe in the NCAA death penalty because it punishes the innocent as much or more than the guilty. Tressel committed the most egregious violation here and he has lost his job because of it. I’ve hated Ohio State with a passion most of my football life, but I see no reason to punish the school because a former coach lied to the NCAA.

  97. Deb says: May 30, 2011 3:25 PM

    Well, JT, nothing personal against Florio (for me anyway) because he’s the best at what he does, but we just wanted him to know we heart you!!

    And it was nice to be able to say Florio, Florio, Florio because that is a banned word on PFT … along with Florida (no kidding).

  98. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 3:25 PM

    Someone please tell me why Gee and Smith should not lose their jobs also?

    Tressel hid issues from them, did not report violations to them, then LIED to them, and to top it off both were aware that Tressel lied to the NCAA AND signed a false affadavit.

    All of these things describe blatant grounds for termination, blatant actions that tarnished the reputation of the school, and blatantly showed disregard to his employers.

    Yet these two boobs, supported Tressel and refused to fire the guy that did so much damage to their employers reputation until only after word gets out that even more damning info will be released soon

  99. dkhhuey says: May 30, 2011 3:26 PM


    Sorry, Florio may have posted the breaking news as a favor to you and/or CFT but the ridiculously condescending and unnecessary kick in the groin commentary was completely off base, pathetic, and in no way warranted given his supposed expertise in the PFT. His post was nothing short of an amateur hack job written from a high school freshman for the school daily bulletin.

  100. Deb says: May 30, 2011 3:29 PM

    @iamsmartandyouarenot …

    What the heck was that post to me on the Rex Ryan article about? I’m finding these little bombs all over the place. Were you doing meth last night? Good grief :roll:

  101. Deb says: May 30, 2011 3:32 PM

    You know, JT, I’ve also been told Florio never reads the comments on PFT. Of course, there are a lot of articles and a lot of comments, so I can certainly understand how he wouldn’t be able to read all of them. But if it’s true that he reads none of them, then there’s no interaction with his readers like we have with you. Maybe that’s why it’s not as much of a love-fest.

  102. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 4:00 PM



    I got confused.
    That comment, along with the other comment you asked about were meant for someone else whom I think you remember.

    No, Not Meth. Maybe just an itsy bitsy too much Corona’s

    I already apologized to JT.
    So I will apologize to you too.

    I am sorry honey Deb. Will you forgive me?

  103. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 30, 2011 4:01 PM

    Look , I’m giving you my puppy dog face????

  104. Deb says: May 30, 2011 4:15 PM

    Well, imsmartandyouarenot, that puppy dog face would have worked if I hadn’t just found you saying half of Bama’s championships were tainted!! So I called you a stupid ass. Oops.

    Our championships aren’t tainted 😛

  105. Deb says: May 30, 2011 4:32 PM

    @titan40 …

    What a shameful post. Tressel lost his job because he chose to lie to the NCAA and cover up minor infractions by some of his players. Their race is irrelevant. Skin color has nothing to do with morality. They didn’t force Tressel to lie. The white coach could have chosen to do the right thing, the players would have received a short suspenion, and this whole thing would have ended almost the moment it began with no real consequences to anyone. He’s the one who chose the unethical path and put himself and his employer in this position.

  106. emilyscupcakeshoppe says: May 30, 2011 4:36 PM

    @imsmartandyouarenot: You completely contradicted yourself in your post. “Tressel lied to Smith and Gee.” BUT “Smith and Gee lied to the NCAA by letting Jim sign the form.” Uhh both of those statements can’t be true! Either Tress lied to Smith & Gee or he didn’t.

    And anyone who is actually knows a damn thing about college presidents would know that Gee is by far the best. The amount of money he brings in EVERYWHERE he goes, be it Ohio State or Brown, is outstanding! There is a reason he is consistantly rated #1 in the country. And football doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it.

  107. stairwayto7 says: May 30, 2011 5:45 PM

    Investiagte Gene Smith NOW! He was at ASU when the point shaving scandel went down and now this?? If he new nothing about both incidents, then he is an idiot!

  108. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 7:57 PM

    I would like you to tell me, imsmartandyouarenot, why the board of trustees would fire the president of a university which brings in more in research money in a month than the athletic program profits in a year?

    when you grow up and learn that the president does more than participate in football, then you will realize what will happen.

  109. gatorfan1 says: May 30, 2011 9:52 PM

    @edgy and imtalking are one in the same says:

    What….you haven’t killed yourself yet of the news of Tressel.

    If I’m not mistaken YOU said they would never get rid of him…oh well when your right your right….

  110. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 30, 2011 10:05 PM

    wow way to be a swamp f***tard

    did OSU fire him, no, he resigned, you even had what I said, that they would never fire him, and you failed at trying to be funny

    maybe you should read you own post before you get back to your sister……

  111. gatorfan1 says: May 30, 2011 10:21 PM

    @edgy and imtalking are one in the same says:

    Everyone knows he was forced out!!! Don’t be ridiculous as always…

    You STILL just don’t get it…THIS situation is very serious and OSU is going to be harshly penalized….no matter how much YOU piss and moan and try to justify it!!!

    The school is going to get hammered…USC style…if not worse…

  112. silkyjohnson937 says: May 30, 2011 11:41 PM

    Any college program that wins year in or year out is cheating and should all be getting investigated as soon as they start winning thats just how it is, more people should have listened to clarrette when he was trying to air out osu. I live in ohio and a chunk of osu fans are dumb stubborn people who talk sh*t and i agree with everyone who says mike florio is a doucher, he went commercial a LONG time ago now its just nbc this sprint that he is just a yes man who promotes whatever instead of writing good articles about you know, pro football

  113. mddare007 says: May 30, 2011 11:47 PM

    mddare007 says:
    May 30, 2011 11:56 AM
    Tressel isn’t a scumbag. He allowed people close to him, but he isn’t a bad person. He deserved to be let go for his lack of control over his program. It’s unfortunate, and OSU’s fans will really make you want to hate on Tressel but he really is a likable guy.


    Thank you Mrs. Tressel

    You are a failure as a human being if you can’t separate the man from the situation.

  114. smokehouse56 says: May 31, 2011 12:07 AM

    Just read the Sports Illustrated story. Absolutely stunning. The place was a cesspool of dishonest infractions, winning at any cost. And while at Youngstown he was worse, if that is possible. They could face the “death penalty, like SMU” If you think the punishment toward USC was harsh, wait till the NCAA comes down on Ohio State. They will dot that damn i with a jail key.

  115. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: May 31, 2011 12:15 AM

    and again iamtalking *cough* I mean imsmartanduarenot

    give me a reason why they should fire gee

    unless you want to run along and be with your cousin instead of focusing on the topic

  116. edgy says: May 31, 2011 10:00 AM

    Talk about a stunner. I think that the only way that this happens is that Ohio State has found a lot more than they’re willing to admit publicly and they’re worried about what’s coming down and they’ve decided to cut their losses now with Tressel and have given him a chance to save face. With everything that’s been coming out, I think that they can see where this could end up with the NCAA and it could be big. I don’t think that they keep the wins except the bowl win and they may end up having to self-impose a bowl ban and maybe a couple of scholarships to get ahead of the NCAA. I know that Small has been given some hell by a lot of Buckeye fans and while he tried to walk his comments back, I think that they were damning enough and credible enough that the school was worried about how this would add to the situation. Like it or not, this goes on every where that a booster has access to the players and unless a coach clamps down on them, the players are going to take whatever they feel that they can get away with, consequences be damned (Of course, that sense of entitlement started early for most of them, as they got it from their parents, who pushed their coaches to play their “superstar” more when they were little and then all through school, when they were allowed to get away with practically anything, up to and including sexual assault or battery on their girlfriends). I’m not blaming Tressel for what the Tattoo-Gate guys did but I am blaming him for thinking more about his own wins when he didn’t report them and suspend them for 3 to 5 games last year. THAT would have been enough to satisfy the NCAA but instead, he played INELIGIBLE players and put the entire season in jeopardy (Ironically, he would keep the bowl win because the NCAA made them eligible for the game and there are no back-sees, even though they will probably give up all the wins that would have made them bowl eligible and their string of Big-Ten titles will stop at the season before).

    BTW, don’t think that I’m happy about this because if you’ve REALLY read what I’ve said, I haven’t called for Tressel’s head but only indicated what I thought was coming. This isn’t his first incident, even at Ohio State but I was willing to give him a chance but frankly, he needed to be disciplined and you can call it what you want but what he and the school did was a SHAM because he was going to be able to do everything but coach the game. I would have been satisfied with him having no contact for the entire period that he was suspended and that would have been fine. I think that the NCAA would have been willing to deal with that but if it’s true that he was encouraged to resign, there’s more to this than meets the eye. If he would have been the adult in the room and self-reported the incidents with his players, this wouldn’t have been a problem and the other stuff might have blown over but he thought more about his wins than the program and there’s going to be a price to be paid for all this. Unfortunately, THE Ohio State is the one that’s going to have to bear the brunt of the penalties but that’s the breaks and it’s going to make them a lot more vigilant. I’m sure that Deb will take the stand that the school shouldn’t pay for what he did but the fact is that they enabled his activities and the guy has had a long history of activity that would have gotten other coaches fired but he probably would have been an actor, if he hadn’t become a coach because he’s got that look of feigned innocence down to a T. Seriously, go back to every incident and read his quotes and you’ll see that he professes to be innocent and unaware of any illegal activity and that goes back to Youngstown, where there was some serious cash flowing around a I-AA program.

    Frankly, given the fact that this is going to be a lost year, Oho State should just give the job to the guy that was going to replace him for the 5 games, Fickell and then decide whether they want to keep him or go after a big time name like Meyer but they need to make the hire well before the end of the season so they can get the recruits excited to go to tOSU because their enthusiasm might be tempered by a bowl ban.

    Finally, one thing: I never give any program hell because of USC’s past problems but I do jump on to those that are holier-than-thou about their situation. I may joke here and there about a school but that’s as far as I go. I won’t get into their face because frankly, too many schools can get into trouble for some of the smallest things. tOSU’s problem was a minor glitch, that would have never been a big issue for more than a few weeks, if ONLY Tressel had reported it and moved on but he didn’t. Some have accused the kids of getting Tressel into trouble but the truth is that HE was the adult in the room and he not only chose to ignore what they did but he KNOWINGLY lied to the school and the NCAA and signed compliance papers that lied about his knowledge of the incident. Nothing pisses the NCAA off more than a guy that lies to them and a school that doesn’t take real action against him isn’t doing itself any favors when the NCAA begins to mete out justice. The SEC recognized this with Tennessee and that’s why they slapped Pearl with his suspension and it’s probably not enough for the NCAA because the Volunteers had to be brought to Jesus by the conference. tOSU, on the other hand, was never brought to Jesus by its own conference and the commissioner was among those who intervened to get the players into the $ugar Bowl so that’s going to work against them. Firing Tressel isn’t going to help, especially when your main men stood firmly and publicly behind him and even offered up the laughable “I hope he doesn’t fire me” baloney. This isn’t more than trying to get ahead of the NCAA but it’s too little and too late. Had they done this after they concluded their investigation after they found out about his knowledge in January, the NCAA would have let them off but now, I don’t think that it buys them any wiggle room because they let the situation go on until it was virtually too late.

  117. edgy says: May 31, 2011 10:18 AM

    BTW, it should be noted that after the excrement hit the fan, the president of SMU resigned from his position and so did the AD and the head coach so it’s not as unusual for all heads to roll when this crap goes down.

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