What a great way to start your morning, right? Maybe I should crack open a beer now at 10:26 AM. I woke up this morning to the shocking news that Jim Tressel has resigned. The news didn’t really surprise me to be honest, but it really is disappointing. In some ways I am happy because this should help the program avoid major NCAA infractions, but overall it’s still a really disappointing end to his tenure. The reaction from some of his players on Twitter is saddening and it’s obvious that Jim Tressel was a mentor to all those kids. Jim Tressel has commanded one of the greatest decades in Ohio State football history and I’m sad to see it coming to an end. But, being the hopelessly optimistic person that I am, let’s discuss what the future might hold for the Ohio State program. With Luke Fickell being named the Interim coach for the 2011 season, heavy speculation will continue to surround the program about who the next full-time head coach will be. I know the obvious choice amongst fans would be to bring in Urban Meyer, the former Florida head coach who administered a beating to Ohio State in the 2006 National Championship game. With his ties to Ohio and the rumors that he is buying a house in Columbus, I would expect the rumor mill to keep spinning for the foreseeable future. Knowing that Fickell will coach this season has to lower people’s expectations a bit. This could be a really painful year to watch, but let’s not forget that Ohio State still is loaded with talent all across their roster.
Emotionally, I really feel like dishing a lot of the blame on Terrelle Pryor for this happening. Deserved or not, I want to see him removed from the program as soon as possible. If it was up to me, I’d seriously consider letting Braxton Miller start the entire season. Honestly, Ohio State is going to lose a few games this year. That’s a given. Let’s see what this kid can do though. I’m not trying to suggest that he’s Jesus Christ with a helmet on, but the guy has all the talent in the world. Give this guy some playing time and let him develop some chemistry with their young receivers. Guys like T.Y. Williams and Verlon Reed would benefit from developing the chemistry with Miller since they know that Miller could be throwing them passes for the next couple of years. I realize that starting Miller for the entire season may not be the smartest idea, but let’s see what he can do for the first five games at least. If Ohio State is undefeated after the first five games, they will have a real quandary on their hands. Do you start Pryor if the team is playing well without him? I don’t know the answer to that and only time will tell.