Head Coach of the Ohio State Buckeye's Jim Tressel has been suspended for the first five games of the season. On top of that, star quarterback Terrelle Pryor was suspended along with four other players for the first fives games as well.
Those games are Akron, Toledo, Miami, Colorado and Michigan State. Will the Buckeye's be able to survive without these six helping the team?
The Buckeye's have already named their interim coach, Luke Fickell, the linebackers coach. He will stand in Tressel's shoes for the first five games of the season.
The rest of the team now has time to adapt to Fickell's role as the head coach. They can work to rebuild the team so they are ready for the first five games.
Someone will have to step up and take Terrelle Pryor's place.
The Buckeye's aren't hurting for options, it's just a matter of finding out who's right for the job. Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Ken Guiton, Cardale Jones, Justin Siems and Braxton Miller are quarterbacks listed on the roster that have the potential to take over for Pryor during those first few games.
The Buckeye's will have to rely more heavily on their defense during the beginning of the season. They won't be as aggressive offensively without Pryor.
With the team in this fragile state, the underclassmen will be looking to the seniors for leadership. The seniors need to exemplify an attitude that the rest of the team can look up to.
Ohio State has a unique set of trials and tribulations coming into the 2011 season. They are on the right track to surviving, but it will still be difficult.
If they manage to pull through and thrive without the missing five players and Tressel, they will only be stronger once the are all reinstated.