Bob Huelsman
Bob Huelsman

Bob Huelsman is a former high school teacher, coach and administrator, serving for more than three decades at Covington High School, in Miami County. In his 13 years as head basketball coach at Covington, Huelsman won 228 games and five times guided the Buccaneers to the regional round of the state tournament. Currently, he serves as the associate athletic director at Newton High School, and treasurer for the Southwest District Athletic Board. A former member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control, Huelsman’s broad background in athletic administration has won the respect of his peers statewide.

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You really do wonder what the real story is concerning Ohio State football, breaking the rules, Jim Tressel, Terrell Pryor, blah, blah, blah.  You wonder, because the only source of information you have is the most unreliable of all.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” is a quote from Sir Walter Scott in his epic poem “Marmion”, published in 1808. With today’s media now being investigative reporters, Jim Tressel should have taken note of this famous quotation before he began spinning his tangled web.

When did the media become “Sherlock Holmes”?  They used to report the story and let the investigators dig and snoop.  Now the media has anointed itself Perry Mason, Columbo, and Joe Friday all rolled into one!

The Ohio State football investigation has taken on a life of its own.  Not only are they being self investigated, but also investigated by the NCAA, having big time media types like Sports Illustrated sticking their noses in it, medium type media (Columbus Dispatch) doing their obligatory stake-outs, as well as every want-to-be small market investigative sports writer doing their thing.

Of course I know this from first-hand experience.  When I was coaching I became accustomed to media creating a story when there was none…as well as failing to report a story that was as simple as the one under their nose.  That’s when they come to coaches asking for a “better” story, that “scoop” that I mentioned earlier.  They can’t help themselves.  It’s what they are.

Ohio State football will survive, but I wonder how a smaller university could under the pressure.  Most are doing their best to hang on against the big money conglomerates as is.  To have the media crawl around like maggots through every orifice would probably destroy most football programs.

Ohio State is doing the correct thing as this story continues.  You would think they have Johnny Cochran advising them on how to move the target.  “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit!”  Instead, they’re shifting the bull’s eye to the fact that the poor football player needs money to survive, and that the NCAA is a joke for having a rule like that.

When this first started, I heard Devier Posey say how it cost money to live in his “gated” community.  All Buckeye fans claim Pryor needed more money to live on.  If he indeed sold memorabilia for $20,000 to $40,000, I ask you, why he needed this amount of money?

No matter the punishment, Ohio State will survive. They are way too big not to! Just keep moving the target!

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