Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel resigned yesterday amid mounting accusations of violations within the Ohio State program and his role in covering them up. During his ten seasons in Columbus, the man known for his trademark red and gray sweater-vests won a remarkable seven Big Ten titles, the 2002 National Championship and went 9-1 against the Buckeyes’ archrival Michigan. He was a religious man, a father figure to his players and adored by the Buckeye faithful.
Tressel’s predecessor at OSU John Cooper, who was fired after the 2000 season, was despised by OSU alumni for his 2-10-1 record against the Wolverines. Tressel and Cooper’s old nemesis, former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr recently shed light on the difference between the two men. On May 17th, following an announcement by the National Football Foundation indicating that Carr had been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, he told Dan Wolken of TheDaily.com, “John Cooper always told me, ‘You know, they may fire me, but they’ll never fire me for cheating.'” Apparently, the mighty sweater-vest didn’t share his convictions.
Below is an audio link to Carr’s comments about Cooper. He also talks about the integrity of his mentor Bo Schembechler and his views on the enforcement of NCAA rules.