Boench-Man: Revisiting Last Year's QB "Controversy"

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Boench-Man: Revisiting Last Year's QB
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Another season of college football will soon be underway and amidst all the anticipation lurk many predictions of what will soon take place. Ironic that I turn my focus on an event of the past, namely, the benching of Todd Boeckman for then true freshman Terrelle Pryor.

The surprise for me was not so much that it happened, but rather that it generated little criticism. Football fans are all too familiar with the term 'quarterback controversy'. Yanking your starter is no small thing and yet Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel miraculously emerged from the 2008 season unscathed. The move to start Pryor under center was anything but controversial.

Since coming to Ohio State in 2001, Tressel has enjoyed a choirboy image, capable of no wrong-doing. However, to quote one of my colleagues, "The grace period is over". My aim here is to revisit this 'controversy' and argue why benching Todd Boeckman was a huge mistake and that the whole situation stunk to high heaven.

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