Monday, May 30, 2011


Jim Tressel resigned Monday as Ohio State's head football coach. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — A great coach — and even better man — lost his job Monday, and the only reason I can see for it is that a bunch of pimps slapped him into submission.

The man? Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel.

The pimps? The NCAA.

Excuse me for being so dramatic but there really isn't any other way I can explain what went down other than he caught the backhand from Big Daddy (NCAA) and his crew.

Tressel, who won 106 games, including six bowl wins and a national championship in 10 years as the Buckeyes head coach, basically resigned because of pressure stemming from an ongoing NCAA investigation that he withheld information about player violations last year.

No, not violations that players committed criminal acts, or that they skipped classes or were being paid to play. Nope, he was busted for not informing the NCAA that his players sold personal belongings for cash and benefits, such as discounted tattoos and the like.

The players shouldn't have broken the rules, right? Sure. But my question is: why is it a rule in the first place? Why is it against NCAA law to sell personal belongings for cash or services? Big Daddy isn't getting his cut, that's why.

Again, the NCAA are a bunch of pimps.

The definition of pimp: a man who controls prostitutes and arranges clients for them, taking part of their earnings in return.

Actually, the NCAA is worse because at least a pimp only takes "part of their earnings" — not all of it.

It still baffles me how an organization can exploit young men and women by televising them, selling their likeness on video games and apparel, never paying them a cent for their work, while generating nearly a billion dollars a year in revenue — and it's totally legal.

Isn't exploitation illegal everywhere else in our society? Isn't it against the law to be a pimp?

Jim Tressel is a great man, a great leader and a terrific role model for young people to follow. His forced resignation should be viewed as tragic, and nothing less. Those people whom Tressel molded into men agree with that sentiment ...

"Thoughts out to Coach Tress," junior defensive back Donnie Evege said Monday. "He has taught me a lot and will always be a father figure to me."

OSU senior center Michael Brewster stated Monday, "Coach Tressel was one of the most honorable men I ever had the chance of being around ... he taught me endless life lessons."

It's unfortunate that Tressel's legacy at Ohio State and his character as a man have been put into question during this entire ordeal.

It's even worse when a bunch of pimps were the ones doing the questioning.