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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blogging The Buckeyes ~ Quick thought on Tressel's OSU-Michigan stance

From The Columbus Dispatch's Blogging The Buckeyes ~

From what I've seen, many people appear disappointed that Jim Tressel is not taking a strong position on the controversy over moving the OSU-Michigan game.

All I can say is that from listening to him today, he sounded like a kid who doesn't want to go to the dentist, but doesn't feel he has any power to rebel against his parents.

Clearly, he does not like where this is headed.

But Tressel values "team" and loyalty above almost everything else. In this case, he is subverting his opinion -- publicly, at least -- to go along with what his bosses feel is best. Most of us would do the same thing, in principle.

Behind the scenes with Gene Smith or Jim Delany, might Tressel have been more blunt in his opinion? Maybe. But he's not going to dissent and cause a huge flap by going against what a commissioner, his president and his athletic director have decided to do.

Our columnist, Bob Hunter, is writing about this for tomorrow's paper, so I don't want to go further and risk stepping on what he's doing.

But from watching Tressel for six-plus years now, I wanted to point out that he is all about "team" and unity, for better or, in this case, even for worse.

He is not one to rage against the machine.


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