For a guy whose career as a football coach is in tatters, whose actions took his school into a probationary period in which it’s still suffering, Jim Tressel is remarkably at peace with Tatgate.
Although it might have ultimately cost Tressel his coaching career — he also received a five-year show-cause penalty in the NCAA’s sanctions, which would result in penalties for any NCAA school that hires him as coach within that time window — he did not express regret for failing to report his players’ violations.
“If my fault is on the loyalty side, I’ll take it,” Tressel said.
Tressel said OSU’s violations were a result of “personal decisions” made by his players.
“Sometimes they’re the right decisions, and sometimes they’re the wrong,” Tressel said.
Not that the distinction matters, evidently. ’Cause he’s a loyal guy.
Jesus, think that “show cause” penalty was justified? An AD would have to be a certified moron to hire Tressel to run a football program again. Ever.