Did Jim Tressel dig his own grave?
My dad always taught me to tell the truth because in the long run, the punishment would be far less that trying to string together a web of lies. Jim Tressel has the market cornered when it comes to lying.
A new report has surfaced saying Jim Tressel forwarded emails he received last spring regarding the rules violations committed by Terrelle Pryor and other Buckeyes, to the mentor of Pryor. Didn't he just say in his half-hearted "apology" a couple weeks ago that he didn't tell anyone about the violations because he thought the matter was "confidential" and he didn't know who to report them to? He didn't know who to report them to (yeah right), but he sure knew who NOT to report them to: Ohio State and the NCAA. So, basically, he lied in his apology, and in doing so, made AD Gene Smith and President Gordon Gee look like even bigger clowns than what they already appeared to be (see Gordon Gee's: "Well, I just hope he doesn't fire me!).
At what point does he pay a legitimate price for these lies? Dez Bryant was suspended for the remainder of an entire season when he lied to the NCAA about a meeting with Deion Sanders that wasn't even a violation of rules. Bruce Pearl was just fired for his shenanigans and subsequent cover-up attempt. At the moment, Tressel is sitting on a self-imposed 5 game suspension and a $250,000 fine. If the worst AD in major college sports, Mike Hamilton, can fire Bruce Pearl, certainly the Ohio State brass will have the gumption to get rid of this habitual liar.
The most disappointing thing is that Tressel was a revered coach and let many of his fans and former players down. He certainly wasn't what he appeared to be, instead hiding behind the clean sweater vest image. Obviously people make mistakes and tell lies, but when someone lies on top of lies on top of lies, that shows a terrible lack of integrity. If he's told this many lies, how many more has he told to cover all this up? What else is going on in his program that we should know about?
Bottom Line: If Jim Tressel isn't fired then this is another case of Ohio State's arrogance and belief that they are above the law, when instead they are just an average program that can't win the big one. Unless the officials hand it to them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpTkYMLzdc