Jim Tressel Scandal: Ex-Buckeyes Speak out
Many people have chosen to weigh in about the situation regarding Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, whom the NCAA says in a Notice of Allegations was dishonest and deceitful in covering up the Tattoo-Gate mess at the school.
Said former OSU running back Robert Smith:"Quite frankly … the information may be there, but I haven’t heard anything that in my estimation wouldn't lead to his firing,” Smith told the Detroit Free Press.
Former OSU quarterback Kirk Herbstreit: "I think it would be very difficult moving forward with Jim Tressel. ... The Ohio State fan base is blindly just supporting Ohio State and Jim Tressel. It's almost gotten to the point where he beat Michigan, he wins 10 games, he goes to BCS bowl games and they’ll support him no matter what he does as far as the fan base. If this would have happened to John Cooper, not only would they have fired him, they would have actually lined him up at a firing squad and fired him.”
And former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman:“If my son’s ever good enough to play for Ohio State, I want him to play for Jim Tressel. ... I think if you’re a true fan of Jim Tressel and a true fan of Ohio State, you understand that there has to be action taken against his mistakes that he’s made,” Spielman said. “He’s admitted he’s made mistakes and I think … the NCAA’s going to come down hard. I don’t think you can have a coach who knowingly put ineligible players on the field and you’re not going to take those games from them last year."
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