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June 2, 2011 - Kim Collette
Once again O-H is being followed with N-O in Buckeye Nation. This past Monday Jim Tressel resigned his duties as head football coach at The Ohio State University amid more shocking revelations about what has become known as "TATTOOGATE." In 10 seasons, Tressel was the most successful coach in Columbus since Woody Hayes. He led the Buckeyes to 3 BCS Title Games, the 2002 National Championship, a 9-1 record against the team up North and an overall winning percentage of 82.8%. And just like Woody, he leaves OSU as a tarnished coach.

Tressel coached his teams like they were family. Under Tresel, the Buckeyes gathered at the end of games to sing Carmen Ohio. The team often sat together before meetings or practice to read about virtues of humility, faith and gratitude. Where did it all go wrong for Tressel and the Buckeyes?

I think it went wrong where it would go wrong if you asked me about any college athletic program. And, I know what I'm about to say probably won't be popular. Most "star" players today think that they are "entitled." They have been given anything they want all through their careers....starting in high school. But, in high school, you can take the star quarterback out for dinner without punishment. They have been coddled and treated like stars with no consequences for their actions. To them...why shouldn't it continue in college. I'm not saying I like it....but it happens. That is what I think is the part of the problem. And don't tell me that it isn't happening at other schools. I don't buy that arguement. I would bet my life if you went anywhere from a small school like Ohio University to a big-time program like Alabama, you could find hundreds if not thousands of NCAA violations. In today's world, I don't think it's possible to have a winning program and be completely "clean." And that saddens me.

I am a Buckeye and always will be a Buckeye. I said before TRUE BUCKEYES will stand by Ohio State. Weather the storm ahead and stay a fan. And I hope that in time OSU fans and the football nation will forgive and forget what Jim Tressel has done. After all......everyone forgave Woody!


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