Your morning roundup for May 31, the day we crashed our souped-up snowmobile at a barbecue.
What we watched: A website front page, oddly enough. George Dohrmann's long-awaited piece on Ohio State was finally given an ETA. That bred a whole bunch of people, just reloading SI's site over and over again, starting an #SIpieceislatebecause hashtag on Twitter. With the timing, it was like a miniature replay of the night Bin Laden was killed, and waiting for the press conference — we had a pretty good idea of what we were about to learn, but damned if we didn't want to hear it ourselves, down to the gritty details.
Two separate spheres from my personal Twitter feed came together in anticipation. Journalists, because Dohrmann is deified for being the last sports writer to win a Pulitzer. College sports fans, because they're nothing they love more than seeing a school go down in flames. But come to think of it, the media side also relishes a program crumbling due to the work of one of their own. To that end, Tressel's resignation just 12 hours earlier had been the best advertisement the piece could have had.
At precisely 8:53, the article went live. There was no one single bombshell, like the dead hooker we were secretly hoping for, but instead something like death by a thousand cuts. It's an immaculately reported dossier that Dohrmann and David Epstein have put together, a pattern of shady business under Tressel's watch going back to the '80s. (The man rigged a raffle for summer camp kids. Seriously.)
SI told OSU what they had on Friday, and while stalling for time, the school told Tressel to resign or be fired. He resigned. Tressel wasn't done in by any particularly evil transgression, nothing more than allowing his players to profit from their efforts on the field, which isn't really so bad when you think about it. But worse than violating any actual by laws or crimes is becoming a liability to your program. Jim Tressel became too toxic, and that's bleaker for his employment prospects than any specific wrongdoing could be.