Ohio State completed a perfect season in college football today. No, you don’t hear the hype of Ohio State playing for the national title in a bowl game, for Ohio State is ineligible to win the Big 10 this year, and they are ineligible to participate in a bowl game. Jim Tressel, the Ohio State coach who was fired 2 years ago, left his “legacy” by being fired for trying to hide NCAA rules violations. For Tressel, keeping his important players on the field was more important than following the rules.
Today, before the game, Ohio State administrators arranged for a celebration of the Ohio State 2002 team that won a National Championship. Ohio State administrators also somehow thought that it would be a good idea to invite Jim Tressel to the celebration, despite him leading the program into probation and being run out of town by the NCAA.
Ohio State fans responded as you’d expect Ohio State fans to respond…they of course gave Tressel a standing ovation, and cheered loudly when the members of the 2002 team lifted Tressel up onto their shoulders and marched him around the stadium before the game. Given the reaction of the Ohio State administration when the Tressel scandal first broke, where the university president first cracked jokes about hoping Tressel didn’t fire HIM, it’s not a surprise to see the University itself sponsor this event before today’s game. Given the reaction of Ohio State FANS when the Tressel scandal broke, it’s not a surprise at all to see them cheer wildly for Tressel the cheater, Tressel the liar, Tressel the “winner”.
It’s the last one of course that is ALL that matters to far too many…winning at all costs, and circling the wagons and thumbing your nose at the rest of the world when accusations of cheating and coverups are revealed. Ohio State, your administration and your fans revealed EXACTLY what you stand for today. The fact that you openly CELEBRATE the man and his “achievements” demonstrates that winning is more important than character.
Disgusting. Now there are 2 fan bases in the Big 10 that have openly thumbed their noses at the rest of the college football world. Now there are 2 fan bases that have let it be known that WINNING is all that matters, damn the consequences. The Penn State administration and Penn State fans embarrassed their university by celebrating a man in Joe Paterno who WON…but did so under a veil of secrecy so strong, under an atmosphere where PROTECTING THE PROGRAM was more important than even protecting the lives of the innocent children who fell victim to Jerry Sandusky.
Way to go Ohio State. Way to go Penn State. It makes me “proud” to know that my Nebraska Cornhuskers are now fellow members in the Big 10. I just hope to god that my university will never put winning above all other considerations.