Irrational Annoyance

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2008

I hate sentiment like the one conveyed in this article. I view this as a totally media-driven story.

Oh no, is Senator Tressel feeling heat from his gigantic, illogical, ravenous fan base? Is it justified? Who cares? None of you should, because Tressel doesn’t.

How do I know? First of all, he took the job. Second, he has enjoyed above-average success that every BCS conference school would kill for. You can say what you want, but the man wins tons of games. Does he win every game in the fashion we crave? Nope, but he does far better than almost everyone. If you look back to Texas’ disappointing 2007 campaign you will see the same criticism being levied on Mack Brown.

With the exception of Pete Carroll and Urban Meyer, Tressel is perhaps the most distinguished coach in the country. With the exception of the 2007 National Championship Game against Florida, he has won every big game he supposed to win, and even one he wasn’t (2003 Fiesta Bowl). Think about that for a moment.

It really bothers me when fans say Tressel is not performing up to standards. Guess what folks; Tressel is the standard. You may think Bollman and/or Heacock underachieves but Tressel won with these guys before and, therefore, every criticism you make is a tacit trashing of your former beliefs (For the record, I would like to see new offensive leadership).

Tressel still has time to squander his coaching capital, but a 10-2 season with losses to two top-10 teams with a combined record of 22-2 is not going to hurt his return. Trust me, Tressel is a win against Texas away from being considered sorely undervalued.