CHICAGO — Instead of Where’s Waldo?, writers covering the Big Ten meetings Tuesday played Where’s Tressel?
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, headed for a meeting Aug. 12 with the Committee on Infractions for lying about his players violating NCAA rules, was present Tuesday at the Palmer House Hotel, but he was barely accounted for.
A minute before the meetings began at 8 a.m., Tressel waved from down a hallway and entered a meeting room. He wasn’t seen again until just after 5 p.m., when he darted toward a bank of elevators and told trailing reporters he had nothing to say.
Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne backed Tressel from a character standpoint, and said he expects criticism for taking such a stance.
Not many other folks wanted to address the Ohio State situation.
OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith begged off from an interview. And Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez, when asked if the Buckeyes’ woes are a stain on the Big Ten, replied:
“I’m not going there. Ask Ohio State.”
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