DESTIN, Fla. | Several SEC coaches were asked Tuesday for their reaction to the resignation of Ohio State’s Jim Tressel.
Almost all, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban, expressed their admiration for Tressel.
“It’s scary for everybody, the fine line we have to walk,” Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen said. “I think Jim, I don't know all the details, (was) a guy out there trying to help his kids. We’re responsible for these 18- to 20-year-olds. We treat them like they’re our own children. He made a mistake with it. That can cost a guy his future and some of his reputation.”
Tressel acknowledged not being forthcoming with the NCA about improper benefits received by his players.
“I think you do have to be very, very cautious,” Mullen said. “It’s scary for that program; it’s scary for us. That’s part of every day, especially in this conference. Being in the Southeastern Conference, the scrutiny you’re under, everybody watching everything you do, whether it’s me going out to get lunch with my family, or how we run recruiting, how we run our program, it’s everything in this league. We’re under the microscope at all times. That comes with the league. You try to educate your players and try to educate your coaches, and you try to run a program as clean as you can possibly run it. That's what I stand for. I tell our staff, I hope if we’re dismissed it’s because we’re not very good football coaches and we’re not winning football games, not because we’re not following the rules.”
WILSON TO AUBURN?
South Carolina apparently didn’t show or receive much interest from former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, but Auburn is not closing the door on Wilson.
“When it comes to the recruiting part of it, my job as the head coach at Auburn is to make sure we’re going to develop our roster the best way we see fit to help Auburn win,” Chizik said. “Whoever gives us the best opportunity to win at Auburn – whether it’s a junior college transfer or high school (player) or whoever we feel fits the bill then obviously that’s my job and I’m for it.”
Wilson is playing minor league baseball this summer. Coaches are not allowed to speak about specific prospects.
... Applications to attend Auburn are up 20 percent since the Tigers national championship, Chizik said.
First-year Florida coach Will Muschamp, who came from Texas, said the difference between the SEC and other leagues around the country is the quality of the defensive linemen.
The meetings continue today, Thursday and Friday.