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Writer: Time For Ohio State To Join The SEC

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:


Lying coach?

Check.

Cheating boosters?

Check. 

Jock-sniffing president?

Check.

Fans in denial?

Check.

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.

 


7 comments
Rockymountainhigh
Rockymountainhigh

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.

USA's model
USA's model

The Big 10 stands for much more. Billions of dollars of research for these institutions of finer learning. Sports does not come first. Especially when the president cares more about football than the university and the conference it represents. Shame on Ohio State. The Big Ten has never claimed to be the greates show on earth. Just the greatest conference on earth. That also includes the University of Chicago in which is still a Big 10 academic school. OSU is a disgrace to the conference. It's time the Big 10 officals stand up and make a statement before the NCAA. At this point, I would vote for conference to kick out Ohio State.

Rockymountainhigh
Rockymountainhigh

This guy is such a hand-wringing nancy. Oh my goodness, the SEC is doomed because the fans are mean to each other and call each other names and write mean comments to me on my blog! Oh my stars! Every other post is some such sniveling nonsense or else a bunch of I told you sos: "When we wrote blah blah blah a bunch of you said we were no-good such and suches, but NOW blah blah blah has happened..." The SEC is the greatest show on earth. It is not just the best athletes, coaches and stadiums it is a fantastic spectacle. You have to take it for what it is, including agents, gangstas, snitching coaches and fans, tree poisoners, etc... Nothing like it. This guy should take his moralizing and go cover ultimate frisbee or some other kum-by-ya crap.

dreed
dreed

I think his point is accurate using Ohio State and the SEC as examples. You win because you cheat, you cheat because you win. It is not right for these coaches and many other people to do these things and expect to get away with it. These coaches think they are above the laws of the game because no one is really punishing them the way they need to if they are winners. They cheat and lie then these coaches can just leave for other jobs with no punishment. I hope that is beginning to change with what the NCAA appears to be doing in going after guys like Lane Kiffin. Bruce Pearl and Jim Tressel need to be made examples of that when you break the rules, you are soundly and justly punished.

sec apologist
sec apologist

Something else to think about is the fact that the Pac-10 has a couple of schools in boiling hot water and the Big-12 set the gold standard for cheating. Not trying to excuse the SEC, but we don't own indiscretions. That guy's a pot-stirring hack -- way to validate his blather.

northland
northland

Get over yourself, Buster ! Michigan seems to have done pretty well against SEC teams. When tornado season comes in the south, I am delighted to live in the north. You think stifling hot summers are great weather ? Welcome to it. As for glorified community colleges, the SEC is full of them.

Southland
Southland

Michigan has done well against the SEC? They have done well against Florida, that's about it. Mississippi State 52 Michigan 14, and Tennessee 41 Michigan 17 is getting it handed to you. By the way I have lived in the South all of my life and have yet to see a tornado. I just wish some of your fellow Yankee friends up there felt the same way you do about being happy to live in the north. Maybe if they did they would quit polluting our gene pool down here? You just stay up there in your cesspool Detroit factory and we'll all be happy.

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