Would you be keeping acknowledged cheats Indiana and Michigan? How about glorified community colleges Penn State and Michigan State? Quit bothering everyone with your faux-superiority complex. It's not our fault that you live in the most barren, uninteresting, underemployed, rust-strewn swath of the country. Or that your best sports teams are perennially made the SEC's bitch. Or that your weather is terrible and your women husky.
David Climer of The Tennessean will ruffle a few feathers across the South today with his latest column: “Time for Ohio State to join SEC.”
Try this on for size:
Fans in denial?
Yep, the Buckeyes will fit right in. Welcome to our big, dysfunctional family of quarterback brokers and tree poisoners.
The word scathing comes to mind, no? After blasting Jim Tressel, Bruce Pearl and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Climer takes aim on Ohio State president Gordon Gee — the man who did away with Vandy’s athletic director post:
After a change of venue, Gee has seen the light. He now realizes he is nothing but a lap dog to his football coach, at least as long as his football coach keeps winning Big Ten titles and going to BCS bowls.
That, of course, is the bottom line. Tressel will survive because he wins. He is bigger than the team, bigger than the university.
In other words, Jim Tressel and Ohio State are perfect for the SEC.
While we think Climer’s take is a tad over the top — for effect — we don’t see a lot things to argue with in his piece. And that’s the problem. Yes, there’s some faux rage in his column — again, we assume it’s for effect — but the truths at the base of his exaggerations are spot-on.
And that’s something to think about.