As much as Gator Nation likes to see anything Ohio State fail. I really wouldn’t wish this on anyone.
On Tuesday, Terrell Pryor, along with his agent Drew Rosenhaus made a public apology to his former coach Jim Tressel for all he did to cost him his job. I don’t know about you, but I thought Pryor’s apology was actually pretty heartfelt and sincere. The problem I have, is that Terrell Pryor apologized “for” his coach more than he did “to” his coach. Listen T.P., as much as I and everyone with any sense think you messed up with your greediness, you definitely did NOT cost your former employer, I mean coach, his job. Jim Tressel lost his own job when he found out what you were doing and instead of walking down the hall to the compliance director, he called your mentor and notified him that he knew and he would protect you.
According to reports, Tressel talks to Pryor several times a day. Don’t you think Tressel would do all he could to make Pryor believe that he was not at all responsible for him departing Ohio State. Did Pryor really have the guilt on his mind of that? Tressel is an adult and seems like he cannot or will not take responsibily still to this day for what he did or did not do. Listen Jim, we all know that your players think you are stand up guy and you are a “father figure” for all your players. But as a “father figure” isn’t your duty and your responsibilty to make sure your players are doing the right things and that includes following the rules? I know my father instilled good values in my life and told me it was despisable and wrong to break the law, whether or not I agree with it.
Don’t get me wrong, Pryor is partially to blame for what is happening to Ohio State right now. But the lion’s share falls on the adult, the grown up, the “father figure” that not only was breaking the rules along with Pryor by covering everything up, but was protecting his legacy. Yes I said it, Jim Tressel, you were in a National Title hunt this year and you knew that losing several of your starters, including your star QB, would overall cost you a chance at hoisting the crystal ball.
Mr. Pryor, I am pleased at your apology. I actually think you helped yourself a little bit. But I am not pleased at your former coach, the one who deserves 75% of the blame. Where is his apology? Why did we see him stand on the podium back in the early spring and pretty much make himself look like a noble guy protecting his players (or should I say, protecting his season). Does Tressel just have a Jekell and Hyde personality? Some see the good and others see the bad? Guess most of us just do not know.