After the last few posts I planned on holding off for a little while; I don't want you guys to get tired of me. I didn't want to seem like I'm turning this into the all-Peyton, all the time blog.
Lucky for me the Indianapolis Colts did not waste any time in giving me something to write about other than their injured quarterback. I'm talking about their latest hire, former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel.
The team hired Tressel recently to be their game day consultant. His job would be to let the team know when to review plays and when not to.
Once the hire was made public, a small controversy developed. I guess the team had to get league approval before hiring him (never heard of that), but the big question was whether he should serve a penalty just like Terrelle Pryor is.
For those of you that are not aware, Terrelle Pryor (now with the Oakland Raiders) and a handful of other Buckeyes were busted for getting free tattoos and for selling some of their stuff off for cash. It was later discovered that Tressel knew about the illegal benefits and did not tell anyone.
I can understand where he was coming from there. The kids were not doing anything crazy like stealing priceless artwork, killing puppies, running people over while drunk, or assaulting former roommates. However, what they were doing was against the rules and he (like them) had to pay the price. He lost his job.
As far as the players go, I think the NCAA screwed up. They should have been suspended immediately, not after the bowl game last year. That sent the message (at least to me) that the NCAA really doesn't care that much about the rules when following them would impact the outcome of a big game.
Had he stayed at OSU, Tressel would have been suspended this year for a few games, just like the players involved in the scandal.
Terrelle Pryor ended up getting suspended for the first six games this season due to the mess at OSU. The prevailing logic is that players can't escape punishment by running to the NFL. Now that logic has been applied to Tressel and he too will be suspended for the first six games.
I understand why the move was made, but personally, I think it is a bit on the ridiculous side. For Pryor, the punishment has been dished out already; just not what was intended. He needed another year of seasoning in college to get his game right. The man is a tremendous athlete, but only a good football player. His kind are a dime a dozen in the NFL. Had he stayed in college another year he could have gotten the training he needed to be a solid pro from the start.
Tressel already got what he deserved. The man screwed up and the man lost his job. If he were at any other kind of job he would not be out on suspension for something he did at another company. This is the NFL's way of trying to legislate how the NCAA does its business.
That's just my take though. In all honesty,I don't think the Colts care whether he reviews a single play for the team. They want him as part of the family before they start looking for a new coach (if/when that happens).