The NCAA's Notice of Allegations against Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel dominated the headlines Monday, as just about everyone had an opinion on the Buckeyes, The Vest and an uncertain future in Columbus.
Rather than bog down the lunch links with Tressel/NCAA reaction, I've compiled some of the coverage from around the Web.
Let's take a look ...
Colleague Pat Forde: "Jim Tressel is a big deal. Big salary. Big reputation. Big winning percentage (.828 at Ohio State, second-best in Big Ten history for coaches with 10 or more years in the league, trailing only Fielding H. Yost). He is not, however, bigger than Ohio State. Which is why the school should terminate its star football coach before it responds in the coming months to the NCAA notice of allegations that was made public Monday."
Colleague Bruce Feldman (ESPN Insider): "At the very least, I suspect Ohio State will be forced to vacate all wins from the 2010 season and its share of the Big Ten title and that Tressel's suspension will be extended beyond just five games for lying to the NCAA, a violation of Bylaw 10.1. And, given that OSU AD Gene Smith and Gee knew much of what has come out since that news conference and had only deemed Tressel's moves worthy of a two-game suspension -- against Toledo and Akron -- who knows how the NCAA will weigh that in all of this.
SI.com's Stewart Mandel: "The timing of the hearing could make for a particularly awkward scenario. Knowing how slow most NCAA investigations move, it was thought no definitive ruling would come down until after the 2011 season. But with an August hearing, the typical timeline suggests a verdict sometime in October. If given a show-cause penalty (the most severe the Committee can levy against a coach), Ohio State may have no choice but to cut ties with Tressel for good shortly after he returns from suspension. Tressel has given no indication he would consider stepping down voluntarily, and the school isn't likely to ax the revered coach on its own."
CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd: "UConn's penalty came down in the middle of last season. Because of that, [Jim] Calhoun's three-game suspension was put off until the 2011-2012 season. That makes things even more sketchy at Ohio State. Applying that history, a bowl ban, scholarship reductions, etc., would be put off until 2012 as well. Then if the NCAA decides to add to Tressel's five-game suspension, does it, say, add on five games at the beginning of the 2012 season? And at that point, does Ohio State figure the hit is too big and take further action on Tressel? Yes, I'm suggesting the f-word. Firing. But not this year. When he is actually on the sideline, the man wins a lot of games."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises: "Beyond the NCAA hearing is the outside notion that Tressel won't make it to August, that the 10-year coach would resign or be fired before that point. There is a possibility that Ohio State could face more severe sanctions with Tressel still at the school, a potential reason to let him go. But Ohio State hasn't learned any new information about the investigation since OSU President Gordon Gee and Athletic Director Gene Smith backed Tressel at a news conference on March 8.
The Akron Beacon Journal's Marla Ridenour: "When tempers flare on the field, Tressel has to constantly preach that it's always the guy who retaliates who gets caught. In this case, Pryor and Posey threw the first punch, Tressel the second. Tressel compounded his players' mistake by making far greater ones of his own. The price could be steep."
Yahoo! Sports' Matt Hinton: "Whatever spoils the Buckeyes take in 2011 may be their last in a long while: Vacated wins, a postseason ban and possible scholarship restrictions are very much on the table, as is Tressel's job, arguably the safest seat in college football at the start of the year. It certainly doesn't help the case that Tressel seems to have informed everyone except Ohio State or the NCAA about what he knew as early as last April."
The Toledo Blade's Dave Hackenberg: "Tressel has given no indication he will step down, although the severity of the notice of allegations might change his mind. OSU, certainly, would have to find the courage to fire a coach who has a national championship and seven Big Ten titles (give or take last season's) on his 10-year resume. Remember OSU president E. Gordon Gee’s silly response at the March 8 press conference when asked if he considered firing Tressel? The NCAA, however, could force the university’s hand if it finds the coach guilty of major violations and issues a "show-cause," which basically means a coach is unemployable without NCAA approval that presumably would come with additional and serious sanctions."
The Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite: "Tressel committed a lot of no-nos that make his case sound more like Bruce Pearl than Jim Calhoun. Pearl and Calhoun both were found guilty of cheating last season, but Pearl wound up fired while Calhoun wound up cutting down the nets at the NCAA title game. Tressel's reputation, to this point, has been a lot more like Calhoun's than Pearl's, but these facts suggest otherwise."
The Associated Press' Tim Dahlberg: "Consider that Tressel knew he was doing something wrong himself when he said late last year that his players must have known they did something wrong by selling jerseys, Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia to the operator of a tattoo parlor. "I suppose that would be something rattling around inside the head of each of them individually," he said at the time. We all have a little sensor within us, 'Well, I'm not sure if I should be doing this.'" Apparently that little sensor malfunctioned in Tressel, especially on Sept. 13 of last year. That's when he dated and then signed his name on a one-page NCAA form that declared he had reported any violations he knew of to his superiors."