The final scoreboard will say Jim Tressel was a dirty coach, and maybe he was. When the drumbeat of a widening investigation chases a coach out of a job where he won seven Big Ten championships, a national title and 83 percent of his games, it is the natural and perhaps only judgment for history to render.
But what brought down Tressel yesterday, what finally dislodged a highly successful coach from one of the top-five college sports jobs in America, was mostly a crime of omission. And with the see-no-evil culture of Ohio State’s football operation now a massive story still rolling downhill, he’s probably only the first to go.” —Sports columnist Dan Wolken. (“Nowhere to Hide,” via The Daily)