A university president like Ohio State's E. Gordon Gee's dismissing the possibility of firing Tressel clearly demonstrates to prospective athletes that the rules can be broken without consequences and that big names in the athletic department will be protected by their institutions.
I believe Tressel felt the need to treat the information he received last April about his players' trading memorabilia as a private matter, and thus decided to resolve the problem internally for the sake of their careers, even though he knew that would cause him trouble. As a player, I'd want a coach who is willing to sacrifice his own interests for my future. As a fan, I admire a coach willing to make such difficult decisions.
Bill Marting, Akron
Call to Action
If a new labor agreement (INSIDE THE NFL, March 21) isn't reached in time for the upcoming NFL draft later this month, I think the fans should boycott that event and several games thereafter in order to have our voices heard. After all, it is some of our money they're fighting over, and in many ways we're the ones who will lose the most.
Ryan Caffrey, Chicago