SB Nation's Ohio State blog, Around The Olentangy, is trying to make sense of what we all know now about Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, and his upcoming five-game suspension. ATO now thinks he looks a bit like the other thing most Americans associate with politicians: Someone faced with a career-altering scandal.
Tuesday evening, for arguably the first time in his tenure as head coach, Tressel looked uncomfortable. He was struggling to formulate responses to the question-answer portion of the press conference. There were times, honestly, where his words were hesitant, slurred and bordering on contradictory. For one night, politics were not his strong suit. ...
Bottom line: exit polls are unkind to Tressel right now. Even among loyal party-line followers, Tressel must somehow restore his credibility. To do so will be a long and arduous process and may not be possible.
In the end, ATO still says that Tressel should remain as Ohio State head coach. But even they seem to acknowledge that he has little room for error.