Former OSU QB: Bring back the sweater vest

What a mess!

One of college football most storied programs is up in flames. There is much unrest throughout the Buckeye Nation.

Nice guy that he is, Luke Fickell does not appear long as leader of the Buckeyes. Under Fickell’s interim label as head coach, OSU has already incurred three losses, including last Saturday night’s how could they lose but they did 34-27 reversal at Nebraska.

Even though Ohio native, University of Cincinnati alumnus, and former Buckeye assistant Urban Meyer appears a potential ‘solution,’ perhaps as early as 2012, a former OSU quarterback has offered what he would consider a bold cure-all in Columbus.

“Hire him back. That’s my suggestion,” said a straight-faced Greg Frey, referring, of course, to Jim Tressel who cut ties with the University in May.

Frey was a three-year starter at Ohio State between 1988-90 and is responsible for helping lead the Scarlet & Gray to the most remarkable comeback in school history.

Nearly 22 years ago, Oct. 28, 1989, Frey and the Bucks were at Minnesota where they managed to dig themselves into what clearly appeared an insurmountable 31-0 hole.

Directing a comeback for the ages, Frey engineered one incredible scoring drive after another. He threw for a total of 362 yards and the Bucks’ rallied for a stunning 41-37 win.

The season before, Frey had worked similar magic. With OSU trailing nationally-ranked LSU 33-20 in the final five minutes, Frey led the Buckeyes to16 late points to topple the Tigers, 36-33.

Today, Frey does broadcast work for the SportsTime Ohio network as well as the Ohio News Network.

Frey was in St. Clairsville last weekend as ONN telecast the Red Devils-Edison game as part of a delayed broadcast.

A Cincinnati native and former prep star at St. Xavier High, Frey stressed he wasn’t joking when advising his alma mater to bring back the sweater vest.

“I know Jim Tressel and realize he made mistakes but Jim’s a good man and good people make mistakes,” Frey observed. “I say in all sincerity (they) should consider rehiring Jim and (get the program back on solid ground).”

What of the potential backlash and cries of hypocrisy among the masses? Frey feels a majority of fans would back such a move, though a well-defined caveat comes into play.

“The thing is – (Ohio State’s) administration would never consider the notion,” he shrugged. “In my opinion, (they) just wouldn’t have the nuggets to (bring Jim back).”

Last month, Tressel was hired as a consultant by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. The 47-year-old Meyer, meanwhile, left the University of Florida following the 2010 season and currently works as a college football analyst for ESPN.

While Meyer clearly appears a OSU frontrunner, a weekend report had Penn State expressing ‘major’ interest in consulting with him as Joe Paterno’s long reign at Mt. Nittany nears an end.

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