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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIMarch 9, 2011
Jim Tressel, I would have thought better of you.

You were meant to be a decent, hard-working guy. Now, you're a cover-up merchant just like those SEC coaches out there.

Look, we at the VFA aren't about to call Ohio State a "dirty program". That's because it's not.
Having said that, when the coach knows that some of his athletes are flogging their Big Ten Championship rings to a tattoo artist and does nothing about it—and then happens to come up with an excuse that it was in the interest of the kids, rather than self-interest—we think that he and his sweater vest is maybe more than a little tarred.

Jim Tressel should have told the NCAA immediately that he'd been told about what his players were up to. Sure, some of Buckeye Nation wouldn't have liked it, but they would have respected him.

And to be frank with you, we're also astonished at Ohio State, too. The $250,000 fine wasn't the bit that we are worried about, but the TWO games? TWO? How about the rest of the 2011 season? And—for the sake of Penn State football—why don't you ban him from recruiting too?

Anyway, we all could have been witnesses to this WWJD bracelet-wearing sweater vest doing the right thing...in 2010.

Let's hope that there's nothing on Joe Paterno, eh?

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