When asking football coach Jim Tressel about his apology in Canton today to a group of Ohio State fans for his repeated lying to OSU school investigators last year, AKRON BEACON-JOURNAL columnist Marla Ridenour inferred to Tressel that Monday’s speech contained his first act of genuine contrition.
Tressel’s response to Ridenour:
“I don’t know what you mean by that. I’ve tried to apologize all along.”
Today was Tressel’s first public appearance since Ohio State reported his NCAA rules violations to the governing body last week. In addition to a $250,000 fine and two-game suspension leveled against Tressel by the school, OSU noted in its report to the NCAA that it would take the following “punitive measures” against the coach:
Issue a public reprimand to Coach Tressel for his involvement with the activities in this report. Additionally, Coach Tressel will issue a public apology.
That “public reprimand” - in addition to Tressel’s “apology” - fell to school president Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith at a press conference in Columbus last Tuesday, the same day the Ohio State report was released to the public.
To be fair, Gee and Smith were at least dead-on about one thing.
Tressel’s body of work is undoubtedly impressive.