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‘Tunnel of pride’ to greet Buckeyes at opener

John Hicks

For the better part of seven months, there has been almost nothing but negative headlines when it comes to the Ohio State football program.

Some former Buckeye football players, however, are looking to make a very public display to the current ones that they still have their backs.

Speaking to the Columbus Dispatch and regarding a tradition normally reserved for the game against Michigan, former OSU All-American John Hicks (pictured) said that the negativity swirling around the program has prompted him and others to organize a “tunnel of pride” before the season opener against Akron.  Hicks said it’s expected they’re “going to have 1,500 to 2,000 out there” as a show of support to the current players and coaches.

While acknowledging that “embarrassment is the right term” for what’s transpired over the past several months, former OSU running back Jeff Logan hammered home the show-of-support angle to the gesture.

“Former players feel we still have a tremendous amount of pride and tradition that makes us still feel good about the program,” Logan said. “And we want not so much the stadium or the nation to know, but for the players and coaches who are standing on that sideline getting ready to start another season to understand that regardless of what has happened in the last 12 months or so, that we support them wholeheartedly.

“I mean, this program is much bigger than what has happened in the last 12 months.”

One of the things that’s happened was Jim Tressel being forced to step down/retire earlier this year.  That fact doesn’t sit well with some of the former Buckeyes, but, again, that won’t stop them from supporting the current members of the program.

“I feel very badly that we treated Tressel in the manner that we’ve treated him,”  said Pandel Savic, quarterback of the 1949 Rose Bowl-winning team who added that Tressel called him on his 86th birthday earlier this year. “There’s no doubt the program has suffered indirectly, though I hope not too much with our recruiting. But everybody who has played there is always 100 percent behind the program, and that’s what we’re going to show. …

“[W]e all love (former coach Jim) Tressel, and as far as I’m concerned, he got shafted because of the actions of (former quarterback Terrelle) Pryor, for one, and a few others.  I just don’t like the idea of him being let go. I think the world of the man, and he did a hell of a job for us.

“As far as the group, though, we’re definitely going to back (new coach) Luke Fickell and the current coaching staff 100 percent. I think they’re qualified.”

While we respectfully disagree with Savic on one of his points — Tressel was the one that shafted Tressel — there’s little doubt that the octogenarian is one of a majority of former players who will continue to stand behind their former school, regardless of what happens off the field.

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34 Responses to “‘Tunnel of pride’ to greet Buckeyes at opener”
  1. 78lion says: Jul 28, 2011 11:25 AM

    They just don’t get it. Saint Jim LIED, and kept lying till he was caught. Yet, they are proud of him and he got shafted!

    Delusion thy name be daOSU.

  2. thefoodrapist says: Jul 28, 2011 12:07 PM

    “78lion says:
    Jul 28, 2011 11:25 AM
    They just don’t get it. Saint Jim LIED, and kept lying till he was caught. Yet, they are proud of him and he got shafted!

    Delusion thy name be daOSU.”
    ********
    ok, so says the guy with a program that’s probably routinely beaten by tOSU….let me guess — scUM or Penn State?
    Troll on you loser!
    Keep hatin’ !

  3. canetic says: Jul 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    At least Mich and Penn St lost with dignity and didn’t resort to cheating

  4. dkhhuey says: Jul 28, 2011 12:50 PM

    @cane – are you f@#%ing serious?!?!? Perhaps you should do some Googling about UofM under DickRod. Nothing like ignoring reality and facts while spewing venom at OSU, eh. Perhaps you’re still a little bitter about the Fiesta Bowl out here in the desert!

  5. mdnittlion says: Jul 28, 2011 1:34 PM

    @ thefoodrapist

    I’m a Penn State fan and unlike your team all our games last year counted. And we’ve beat you guys a couple of times over the years, the only difference is when our team loses, our QB doesn’t sit in the middle of the field and cry like a school girl who’s lemonade stand just got kicked over. So go a head and make your dumb little comments it only shows your lack of IQ. And by the way good luck with the NCAA.

  6. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:24 PM

    No matter what your thoughts are on Tressel this is a good thing. The former players are showing their loyalty to their school and also trying to keep some stability with the current players as well as future recruits.

  7. hotlantalaw says: Jul 28, 2011 3:06 PM

    O suck university never ceases to surprise me. They supported the cheating coach and QB as well. As long as the white trash fans can sleep at night. Whatever.

  8. dkhhuey says: Jul 28, 2011 4:03 PM

    I think it’s awesome! It has been a horrid off season for the remaining guys on the team and will absolutely benefit from this positive moment. Way to go John Hicks – you’ve always been a great Buckeye!!!

  9. thefoodrapist says: Jul 28, 2011 5:03 PM

    please…I always get a kick out of the arrogant Penn State fan base, (not all of them, but a lot them) with their “Holier than thou art” air about them.
    Meanwhile, we all know that JoePa has had his share of trouble with arrests in recent years, and that the media covers for him any chance they can get to make things look better than they are. He gets the “ohh…it’s so nice he’s still coaching past 80″ pass.
    By the way, the whole OSU situation has been blown out of proportion from the get-go. Mainly by ESPiN, with the agenda-first biased reporting.
    So, Coach Jim Tressel didn’t forward an e-mail (supposedly), but it was to protect his players. For God’s sakes, it was getting discounts on tattoos, THAT’s the only thing proven.
    It’s not like players’ fathers were PIMPING THEIR KIDS OUT FOR ABOUT $200 K ! a year. Yeah, rent-a-player for under $200k a season! That’s the SEC

  10. thefoodrapist says: Jul 28, 2011 5:06 PM

    Reeeeal classy fans, up there in State College, btw

    PSU students = white trash are us

  11. 65yaps says: Jul 28, 2011 6:27 PM

    Pryor and the rest of the OSU degenerates traded football gear and rings for TATOOS? LOSERS. how much could a good tat cost?

  12. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 28, 2011 7:40 PM

    hotlantalaw says: Jul 28, 2011 3:06 PM

    O suck university never ceases to surprise me. They supported the cheating coach and QB as well. As long as the white trash fans can sleep at night. Whatever.

    ———————-

    you can take that white trash crap and stick it. not everyone supported them after the truth was revealed. real fans aren’t going to stop supporting the university. i really, really, really want to stoop to verbal insults at this point, but instead i’ll play like a BUCKEYE and take the high road.

  13. 10of14 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:20 PM

    Fellas, this is simply a case of two things; denial (I am a buckeye and this is a trait) and secondly, a spirited denial by the former players. Listen, guilty as charged, so that needs to be the first part of healing, though still the majority of Bucks even admit guilt. Secondly, you can not fault the former Bucks for stepping up with support. MOST of the kids, not coaches, including current staff, had anything to do with the few butt holes that made very stupid and conscious mistakes. For that reason alone, the action of former players supporting the current roster is appropriate. However, asinine comments by many of them are not to be tolerated; EVERY coach (led by Tressel), Gee (total Dillweed) and Smith (NCAA love child) are guilty of college football sin. These guys and the alumni that are still in denial don’t have an ounce of class compared to former Buck Herbstreit. He indirectly warned all of you, Tressel included that something smelled rotten two years ago…you didn’t listen and instead of manning up, you threatened his family with harm (classy CBus folks) and forced him to move. TIME TO GROW UP BUCKEYE FAN!

  14. mdnittlion says: Jul 28, 2011 8:28 PM

    @ thefoodrapist

    Allow me to retort.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/05/30/jim.tressel/index.html

    Enjoy the read if you can

  15. swcoach says: Jul 28, 2011 9:09 PM

    Wow… after watching that video I have lost all respect for PSU and its fans. I can’t believe PSU fans are coming on here talking trash after being associated with that kind of behavior.

    What a disgrace…

  16. swcoach says: Jul 28, 2011 9:13 PM

    @mdnittlion

    You have got to be dumber then a box of rocks… first using a line from “Pulp Fiction”, second to come back and try to put us OSU fans in our place with a “BOGUS” and “FALSE” story run by SI.

    Why don’t you actually do some real reading and read the NCAA’s statement on their findings about OSU. In there you would read how nothing in the SI story was proven to be true at all. Everything that OSU self reported was the only things that were true.

    Want to “retort” anything else for us?

  17. swcoach says: Jul 28, 2011 9:15 PM

    @mdnittlion

  18. mdnittlion says: Jul 28, 2011 9:25 PM

    @ swcoach

    Ya Troy Smith didn’t exist and neither did Pryor. Oh and all those guys that went to the tattoo parlor they don’t either, you know what else doesn’t exist any of the games you guys played in last year also. Try to come back at me with whatever you want it’s not going to change the culture of trash your school built around the team. At least Michael Irving and a bunch of other guys from “The U” owned up to their cheating at some point, when will you?

  19. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:36 PM

    who the hell is Michael Irving?

  20. mdnittlion says: Jul 28, 2011 9:40 PM

    Michael Irvin

  21. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    Since you want to call us trash, here’s the culture of your school, mdnittlion – aside from that thuggery posted above in the youtube clip. we may not have any victories recorded for 2010, but it doesnt mean that you gained a victory. congrats on finally getting back into the top 5 in at least one ranking.

    http://onwardstate.com/2011/03/03/penn-state-football-arrests-with-honor/

  22. uglycassinova says: Jul 28, 2011 10:29 PM

    @mdnittlion

    Tressell lied and it cost him his job. Why he lied is really only speculation. Either he did it to cheat or he did it to protect the players but at this point I don’t see the relevance of why he did it since he doesn’t work at OSU anymore.

    He was fired for breaking the rules. Vacating wins doesn’t really matter, does it? The games were played and at the end of the game one team had more points than the other team. Usually the team with the most points wins the game. Sure they might give back a trophy or pay back money or whatever but I’m sure after the game the team with fewer points still felt like a loser.

    By the way if your going to try and insulte others people intelligence by making references to their IQ it may help your cause by being able to spell correctly, otherwise that whole IQ thing could really backfire on you. Have fun watching PSU this year I’m sure they are going to be really good this year.

  23. dkhhuey says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 PM

    Yikes – this took a turn towards the ugly, eh

  24. swcoach says: Jul 28, 2011 11:34 PM

    @mdnittlion

    Culture of Trash?? Funny you mention trash… wasn’t it your team that a few years back was cleaning that up in the stadium after games because of fighting or something stupid?

    I’m not the one who made you look like an idiot in your post, you did. I just pointed it out for you. If you can’t handle it then make sure you research before you post and not just respond with just some junior high stuff like you did.

    I really don’t think you want to go into how many PSU players have been in trouble compared to OSU in the past 10 years. Selling trinkets and getting discounts on tats is small potatoes compared to issues with drugs and beating people up.

  25. thefoodrapist says: Jul 29, 2011 12:19 AM

    mdnittlion says:
    Jul 28, 2011 8:28 PM
    @ thefoodrapist

    Allow me to retort.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/05/30/jim.tressel/index.html

    Enjoy the read if you can

    *******

    @ “mdnittlion”

    HAHAHA you feel really good about yourself after that post, don’t you ? Well, anybody with enough common sense (OSU fan or not), knows that tired, recycled, “unnamed” source piece of garbage that S.I. let George “Slander” Dohrmann put out there is not worth even using as toilet paper !
    There are so many lies in that article and claimed allegations that were found to be BASELESS.
    That you proudly recommend to read it — speaks volumes about you and your IQ.

  26. mdnittlion says: Jul 29, 2011 12:33 AM

    @ swcoach

    Funny you would bring up drugs against us when your guys were the ones trading “trinkets” for weed at a tattoo parlor. I love the small potatoes comment as a way to cover for inappropriate behavior got to love that Buckeye philosophy, small potatoes you know “the rules” don’t sweat it.

    Since the last guy to lead your team to a National Championship end up doing hard time I’m not sure it’s the right time to be throwing stones. You should stop lying to yourself before you post and just admit you team breaks the rules and has no idea how to get away with it.

    Also if you want to compare players just remember Pryor was on his way to beating Art Schlichter’s record for school wins another find Buckeye example I believe he’s currently serving time.

    Any guy at PSU that breaks the rules doesn’t play (ask Austin Scott) the school doesn’t invent some bogus situation so they can play in a bowl game so the coach can add to the trophy case. Get over yourself and and your vacated games team. Seriously I can’t believe a dude with Troy Smith, Maurice Clarett, Art Schlichter, Santonio Holmes (who I might add beats up women & was a drug dealer) attached to their school has the nerve to bring up character.

  27. mdnittlion says: Jul 29, 2011 12:35 AM

    @ thefoodrapist

    So you can read and man am I surprised I find so few Buckeye fans can.

  28. swcoach says: Jul 29, 2011 2:00 AM

    @mdnittlion

    Wow man… you truly are delusional. You were the one throwing stones first so if you can’t handle being proven wrong don’t post or actually know what you are talking about.

    Again, have you read the report from the NCAA or you still going off of the SI report. There was NO record or proof to the drugs, that again was made up. And if there was proof, these players wouldn’t only have the NCAA to deal with, but the law as well.

    Now if you want proof about something…. PSU was just rated as the fourth highest team in the NCAA with players being arrested this year. That’s 16 players. This doesn’t even include the players beating other people up a couple years back. Ask any rational human being… whats worse… selling trinkets or breaking the law?

    And you say OSU is made up of trash… seriously…

  29. swcoach says: Jul 29, 2011 2:01 AM

    WOW, where is this about Santonio? Never heard that one.

  30. florida727 says: Jul 29, 2011 9:30 AM

    thefoodrapist says:
    Jul 28, 2011 5:03 PM
    It’s not like players’ fathers were PIMPING THEIR KIDS OUT FOR ABOUT $200 K ! a year. Yeah, rent-a-player for under $200k a season! That’s the SEC.

    ————————————————–

    A comment like that shows exactly what kind of an @$$hole you are. So the ENTIRE conference that’s won the past FIVE National Championships is jaded because of the actions of ONE parent (Cecil Newton)?

    Okay, then I guess all those Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana players must be cheaters too, and their coaches are all liars too.

    Good, no, great analogy. Thanks for providing it. Moron.

  31. dkhhuey says: Jul 29, 2011 11:18 AM

    Ah, this argument never seems to get old and I can start the countdown to when Machine Gun Mo or Gamblin Art’s names get whipped out. No matter the program, no matter who the coach is – you have young and immature athletes being thrown on the big stage and getting massive amounts of attention from all directions – things are going to happen and issues are going to arise. It always has and it always will! Getting DUIs, getting into fights, getting a free meal from a restaurant owner, trading rings for tats, etc., etc., etc. Sorry, maybe I’m in the minority here, but I really don’t believe there are any programs that don’t have many scars from these types of incidents nor are they immune to getting future ones – it happens at every school pretty much every single year.

    The caveat to above is that violations from the coaches, their staff, and university admin are a horse of a different color and deserve a separate category and discussion.

  32. waynefontes says: Jul 31, 2011 11:58 AM

    I don’t care for Ohio State, but good for them with the “tunnel of pride”

    “I mean, this program is much bigger than what has happened in the last 12 months.”

    I agree. No need to come on a thread like this and flame on Ohio State. I’ll save that for other posts.

    Unlike Notre Dame, it’s more fun when OSU is good. For those who say college football is better when Notre Dame is an elite program.. no it isn’t. It’s much more fun when they’re bad or average.

    As for the Penn State clip, every school has their share of idiots. It’s a shame that morons bring a black eye to their school. That stuff happens everywhere, in all conferences.

    Well, maybe not the Ivy League. Or the Big South.

  33. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jul 31, 2011 8:59 PM

    PSU fan here.

    Not trying to defend the actions of those above in the video, but I do want to stress that the guy who went the furthest to be a douche is NOT a PSU student. He was actually a Pitt student up for the game, this is well documented in the media from PSU (CDT and Collegian).

    All schools have a-hole fans, PSU included. As someone who grew up in State College I have seen plenty of arrogance and outrageous behavior, but I have also witnessed it at other teams venues as well.

    No school wishes to be judged by the actions of a drunken few, and should not. The video is certainly not one of our prouder moments.

    Good luck to the Bucks sorting all of their issues out. With a conference title game now a reality we MAY be able to apply some national title pressure to that group in the South.

  34. dexterismyhero says: Aug 1, 2011 11:02 AM

    Is the tunnel of pride going to have tatoo’s in in it?

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