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April 27, 2011

Three And Out: Tressel needs to go

Here is this week's "Three And Out," a weekly feature that will provide a quick but opinionated take from Tom Dienhart on three hot topics.

1. Tressel needs to go. Jim Tressel, meet Woody Hayes. They are Ohio State icons who led the school to national championships and Big Ten titles while coaching Heisman winners. No doubt, Hayes and Tressel forever will be linked by on-field greatness. They also will be linked forever by off-field shame. Hayes socked a Clemson player in the 1978 Gator Bowl and was fired. Since Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee is "worried" about Tressel firing him -- I still can't believe Gee said that -- I'm guessing no one on campus will have the guts to can Tressel for his transgressions. So, that means Tressel should do the right thing and resign. In some ways, I felt sorry for Hayes. His was a crime of passion. Tressel's crime? It was premeditated, devious and deceitful. And it's going to get Ohio State into big trouble. Hayes' offense only hurt himself -- not the school. The NCAA's recent "notice of allegations" reiterated what Ohio State had self-reported in March. While the NCAA didn't find "failure to monitor" or "failure of institutional control," Ohio State still could be in hot water. Why? Because the NCAA could deem OSU as a repeat offender stemming from violations that involved former quarterback Troy Smith and former basketball coach Jim O'Brien. And Ohio State has Tressel to blame. In a matter of months, Tressel has undone all of the careful image-building he spent years crafting. Instead of punctuating his career with another run at the BCS title game, Tressel should slink off college football's big stage. These revelations make a mockery of the book Tressel recently wrote called, "The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life." The world hates a hypocrite, Coach.

2. Buyer beware. What do Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matt Schaub, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez have in common? They all are elite NFL quarterbacks who did not rely on running the ball to be successful college quarterbacks. The same can't be said for two top quarterback prospects in the 2011 NFL draft. Cam Newton and Jake Locker relied heavily on athletic ability and running skills to thrive in college. And that's why I'd be scared to death to draft any of those guys with a high pick. Not to say Newton or Locker won't be good NFL quarterbacks one day, but I think the odds are against either being an elite passer who will justify being a first-round pick.

3. New hope for Ole Miss. News that Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti earlier this week was granted a waiver to play immediately after transferring from West Virginia was huge for the Rebels. Brunetti, who wanted to be closer to his ailing mother in Memphis, is the most dynamic and talented quarterback on campus. And Ole Miss needs dynamic and talented players. Brunetti, a sophomore, will compete with Zack Stoudt and Randall Mackey for the starting job and could end up winning it. Coach Houston Nutt needs a playmaker under center, and Brunetti could be his man.

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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