College Football 2011: Jim Tressel and the 10 People We Can't Stand Anymore
As soon as Jim Tressel resigned from Ohio State University, he became the biggest story in sports.
Suddenly, every major sports news outlet was pumping out more and more information on “tattoo gate” the Tressel scandal. Now a story that was great and interesting before has becoming overdone.
The Tressel resignation is not the only college football story that has overstayed its welcome.
Here are 10 people and programs that college football fans are beginning to grow tired of.
10. Jon Gruden
Jon Gruden has never been a head coach in college football. The last time he was ever even involved in the college game was in 1991 when he coached wide receivers at Pittsburgh.
Rumor has it that Gruden wants to coach again, possibly at the collegiate level. So this means that every time a big program fires their coach, Jon Gruden’s name automatically comes up as a candidate.
I have not found a quote or any proof that Gruden has actually shown interest in coaching at the college level.
He is an NFL analyst. He should be talking about the NFL. Until Gruden is a college coach, there is no need to bring his name up involving a college program.
9. Lou Holtz
Every season we watch the preseason college football breakdown shows on ESPN, and every year we watch the same exact thing happen.
First, the lead reporter will ask the panel of experts who they think will win the BCS National Championship. After well articulated answers by analysts like Mark May, Desmond Howard and others, Lou Holtz always hits us with the same suggestion every season.
He will make a case why Notre Dame is a BCS Title contender.
This would not be too outrageous if he did not pick the Irish every single season, but that seems to be the case.
8. Al from Dadeville
For those of you who do not know, Al from Dadeville is Harvey Almorn Updyke.
Mr. Updyke is the guy who poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner.
The crime was horrible and killed a great college football tradition, but it is being blown out of proportion.
Unless you live in Alabama, then chances are you don’t really care about this incident.
He killed trees. Oh well.
7. Florida State
Florida State will be a solid team in 2011. They return 16 starters from a season ago and are the favorites to win the ACC.
However, are they really deserving of all the preseason hype they are receiving?
ESPN’s early preseason poll has the Seminoles ranked as the third best team in college football. I believe to be ranked in the top five, you need to have shown that you can compete with the elite teams in college football.
The two elite teams Florida State played last season, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, defeated the Seminoles by a combined score of 91-54.
Jimbo Fisher has done a great job reviving the program, but BCS title contenders?
This much hype is one year too early.
6. Auburn Fans
Attention Auburn fans, you are the only people who think your team is going to be elite in 2011.
The Tigers are only returning eight starters from a season ago and lose the most valuable player in college football, Cam Newton. Auburn should have a solid unit, but they are definitely not BCS contenders.
However, this does not stop Auburn fans from writing comment after comment about how their 2011 Tigers are still one of the best teams in the nation.
(See comments below I am sure I will receive from this.)
5. Michael Floyd
After a DUI charge against Michael Floyd in 2011, Irish nation is has been in a panic over who will replace their star receiver.
I would bet that Floyd plays next season, and this panic is over nothing. Players have been arrested for much worse than DUIs and have merely been suspended for a game or two.
Floyd will put up big numbers in 2011, and the Irish will have a successful season. All will be happy once more in South Bend.
4. Urban Meyer
This is similar to the Jon Gruden slide.
Every time a major college coaching job opens up, Urban Meyer’s name is tossed around as a candidate for the vacant position.
I see no reason Meyer will get back into the coaching game. He has a good job with ESPN that allows him to spend more time with his family.
Until Meyer goes out and says he wants to coach again, I will not take any rumors involving his return to coaching seriously.
3. Terrelle Pryor
The Terrelle Pryor controversy keeps growing more and more out of control.
First he was the leading figure involved in “tattoo gate.” Now he is being blamed for the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel, and an NCAA investigation has begun involving potential violations Pryor has taken part in involving a new car.
If that is not enough, multiple news outlets how reported that Pryor is driving on a suspended license.
Pryor just cannot seem to get his name out of the news.
2. John Junker and the Fiesta Bowl Committee
This was the college football story before Jim Tressel stole the show.
Every day it seemed as if more and more information was coming out involving John Junker and the Fiesta Bowl Committee.
After so much controversy involving illegal expenditures, campaign reimbursements and excessive executive compensations, it all just became too much to follow.
This has become a business and a legal issue, one no longer involving the college football game directly. As long as we still have a BCS in the valley, I will be happy.
1. Jim Tressel
The sweater vest used to stand for a few things. It was a symbol of how respectable and pure Jim Tressel was to the rest of the college football world.
Now it represents a tainted program that now must suffer the consequences for a coach and his players' poor decisions.
It has been just a few days since Tressel stepped down has head coach at Ohio State, and I am already annoyed by the story.
Ohio State University and the whole college football world needs to move on. It is time for the program to search for a new coach and work for a better tomorrow.