It’s a sad, although not totally unexpected, day for Buckeye nation.
Of course the rest of the college football world (especially Michigan fans who haven’t seen their Wolverines beat a Tressel lead team in 2,746 days… and counting) are leaping for joy since – much like the New York Yankees – you either love Ohio State or you hate Ohio State. There really is no in between.
With this said, I’ve spent some time contemplating how something like this happens. If you want to read all the juicy details about the situation just visit any major sports website as they are ALL covering it
But, in the end, it boiled down to one thing – Coach Tressel made some very bad choices which involved lying and failing to follow the rules the NCAA and Ohio State set in place. Obviously, many players (perhaps more than is even being reported as of right now) also made serious mistakes that started this mess.
To be sure, being the head coach at Ohio State puts you under more of a microscope than most of us can possibly fathom. But I really believe with all my heart that nothing is more important than acting with honesty and integrity each and every day we’re on this earth. Your job – no matter if you are head coach at Ohio State or a shop floor worker in a factory – really doesn’t matter. You see we’re all ultimately accountable for our actions in this life and the next.
So, while we lean and six sigma practitioners spend lots of time talking about continuous improvement tools and techniques and even a fair amount of time on the softer side of things such as respecting people… we must never forget that no lasting good will ever come from dishonesty and rule breaking no matter how we attempt to rationalize the situation.
What are your thoughts on this situation?