By WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon - email
The Ohio State football coach, Jim Tressel, made a mistake. A big one! Only Tressel knows if not notifying the NCAA was truly a mistake designed to protect the confidentiality of his players and an on-going investigation.
It is not too hard to believe it was a mistake designed to protect the performance of his pre-season top-ranked football team. Ohio State spends $32 million dollars per year on football. The athletic revenue at Ohio State is $123 million dollars per year. The athletic revenue of the Big Ten is more than $900 million dollars per year.
Under Tressel, Ohio State has a record of 9-1 versus Michigan, has appeared in five consecutive BCS games and twice in the national championship game.
I have been an Ohio State fan all of my life, yet I cannot accept his explanation. As long as we let the outrageous money of college football define morality, there will be problems. And I think one day those problems will be about a lot more than trinkets and tattoos.
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