I recently moved 800 plus miles away from Columbus and am currently in sunny northwest Florida. Doing so I believe has allowed me to gain a strong appreciation for how the Buckeyes are perceived outside of Ohio not only by non Buckeye fans but also by Buckeye fans that aren’t directly in the heart of Buckeye Nation. In the days after Tressel left the university I did my best to pay attention to reaction from all areas and two camps of people immediately emerged everywhere I looked. Those who felt betrayed by what they had loved followed and believed in the last ten years, and those who felt that the coach was everything he had portrayed the last decade. An honest, good man who just happened to make a mistake and that he should have been forgiven for only trying to protect his players. People that were ready to say good riddance to a liar and those ready to argue with you until they’re blue in the face that he was and still is a great man. What I’ve come to realize is that there is too much evidence on both sides of the argument to ignore either side. You have to acknowledge all the good he has done and inspired over his coaching career, just as you can’t ignore the pattern of either being complicit or at the very least willfully ignorant of various violations during his 30 plus years. However, based upon what the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio produced during 4th of July parades yesterday it may take a while for the masses to back off their all or nothing stances. By all accounts the majority of parades had either a strong Jim Tressel tribute or satirical anit-Tressel theme as evidence of the two parade shots below.
However, the one thing that it appears most Ohio State fans can agree on right now? Is that they don’t like Terrelle Pryor.
So how about you? Where are you on this debate? Hit the comment section or find me on twitter @hewls to discuss.