Jim Tressel is a football coach who has enjoyed a very successful career at Ohio State University. Unfortunately, Jim Tressel was forced to resign due to the fact that he violated many of the rules of college football. Tressel has brought a great deal of disrespect to college football, especially the Big Ten Conference and Ohio State University. Many fans of college football are even demanding Jim Tressel forfeit wins and championships attained while at OSU.
Ohio State’s biggest rival is the University of Michigan. While at Ohio State, this so-called rivalry was actually a game of domination – possibly because Jim Tressel and Ohio State were violating NCAA rules and regulations. Under the ten-year reign of Jim Tressel, OSU acquired a win-loss record of 9 wins 1 loss versus the U of M. But college football, professional sports, and politics all play by the same rule: Win at all costs!
The University of Michigan football program is currently at its lowest point in decades. Even MAC schools have recently beaten the U of M. Consequently, Michigan recently fired Rich Rodriguez and hired Brady Hoke as their new head football coach. Although Hoke has been an assistant at several large universities and does have ties to the U of M, some people think his résumé is questionable for the job. Mr. Hoke did well as head football coach of small football programs such as Ball State and San Diego State, but those responsibilities are far from the responsibilities required as head football coach at the University of Michigan.
This has many people wondering if the University of Michigan actually has (or at one point did have) a desire to hire Jim Tressel! Believe it or not, this is not as fishy as it sounds. Even after publicly announcing Brady Hoke would replace Rich Rodriguez as head football coach, no contract was signed!
Many people speculated the reason for this is because the University of Michigan athletic director, David Brandon, thought there was a possibility Ohio State would fire Jim Tressel. And if that were to happen, apparently the University of Michigan would have instantly been ready to hire coach Tressel! This would have been an immoral thing to do, but it would have been a perfect example of winning at all costs.
Many people believe inside sources at Ohio State University were aware of Michigan’s plan. People at OSU wondered “Why hasn’t Michigan signed a contract with their new coach yet?” They asked “What is their motive for not signing a contract and failing to show public support for their head football coach?”
The answers to these questions are based on business and money. Sports entertainment is a business; it is based on money and strategy. Some of my friends feel there is no doubt that if Jim Tressel had been fired by Ohio State prior to the contract signing of Brady Hoke, it means Brady Hoke would not have been hired after all!
Instead, the University of Michigan may have hired Jim Tressel, because his skill as a football coach is recognized. Tressel would always have a motive for wanting to beat Ohio State, and it would add fuel to the rivalry fire between the two schools. Updated versions of documentaries about the legendary rivalry would be published and placed onto video. This would help generate even more money for both schools.
The question now is, “Does the University of Michigan still have a desire to hire Jim Tressel?” Several people I know think Michigan probably still has this desire, but will probably not act on it now that the contract with Brady Hoke has finally been signed. I personally doubt the University of Michigan was ever fully interested in Jim Tressel, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the thought did cross their mind. I believe the University of Michigan wanted Jim Harbaugh to be their new football coach more than anyone else, but Harbaugh was not interested in the job.
At this point in time, I believe the University of Michigan will fully support Brady Hoke as their head football coach. Everything will probably remain the same at the University of Michigan. But, I do think there is a possibility changes may be coming to Michigan State University.
Mark Dantonio is the current head football coach at Michigan State University. The football program at MSU isn’t nearly as strong as the football program at Ohio State. Personally, I believe it is inevitable that MSU head coaches will be fired, forced to resign, or voluntarily resign in order to take a better position at another school.
For example, Nick Saban is a former head football coach at Michigan State. His performance at Michigan State received mixed reviews; some years were better than others. Even though Saban was able to pull off several upsets of higher ranked schools, many people at MSU still wanted Saban fired. I have no doubt that Nick Saban is a very skilled coach, but I also have no doubt that Saban would have been fired as head football coach at MSU if he would have stayed there. Saban made the right move when he accepted an offer at LSU, eventually winning a national championship.
With that in mind, I believe there is a very good possibility Mark Dantonio is interested in the head coaching position at Ohio State University. One of the reasons why Mark Dantonio was hired at MSU is because he spent time as an assistant of Nick Saban at MSU. Similarly, Mark Dantonio has even stronger links to Ohio State University. Mark Dantonio has previously worked as an assistant at Ohio State. Also, Mark Dantonio is an Ohio State graduate – making him the ultimate OSU head football coach!
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