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Tressel’s Timing Better Than Pearl’s

Watching the SEC Tournament last evening and hearing once again a discussion of Bruce Pearl’s issues, something popped to mind — Jim Tressel has better timing than Pearl.

Ohio State’s football coach has found himself in NCAA hot water a full five months before the start of football season.  Once the season kicks off, you can expect to see timelines and speculation about his job security.  But now?  It’s basketball season.

Pearl’s troubles came to light in September, just one month before basketball season tipped off.  Each time Tennessee has hit the basketball court since then, Pearl’s woes have been recounted.  Since the story broke, there has been no let-up in the coverage.

Tressel, on the other hand, will likely fall to the backburner — after the initial calls for his head die down — for much of the summer. 

In today’s media world, it’s not just about getting caught… it’s about when you get caught.  And Tressel got caught as the world focuses in on March Madness.

Heck, Oregon’s Chip Kelly has got better timing than Pearl or Tressel.

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Oregon’s Kelly Wins AP Coach Of The Year, Not Chizik

Auburn fans won’t be happy about it, but the AP’s National Coach of the Year will be standing on the other sideline in the BCS Championship Game.

Oregon’s Chip Kelly won the honor yesterday by picking of 24 of 55 votes.  AU’s Gene Chizik finished second in the balloting with 17 votes. 

Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh (5 votes), TCU’s Gary Patterson (3 votes) and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio (3 votes) rounded out the voting.

Auburn fans will argue that Oregon was a Top 10 team to begin the season while Chizik’s club came from nowhere to reach Glendale.  But that doesn’t change the fact that some national voters might have held the entire Cam Newton affair against the Tigers’ coach.

Auburn dealt with a scandal and survived on an NCAA ruling that left everyone from rival fans to conference commissioners complaining.  The NCAA president and the SEC commissioner even admitted that new legislation is now in order due to the Newton situation.

Oregon’s biggest controversy was the fact that Kelly booted a Heisman-candidate quarterback in Jeremiah Masoli before the season.  And that’s a positive in the eyes of voters.

Another factor in the voting might be the “newness” factor.  The SEC is expected to produce BCS title contenders.  The Pac-10 — until this season — had sent only Southern Cal to a national title game.  So the SEC’s dominance might have worked against Chizik, too.

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