Jim Tressel was ordered by Ohio State to issue a public apology for violating NCAA rules (aka cheating).
According to the headlines today that read "Tressel apologizes...." he apparently fulfilled his obligation. But look closer at his words:
"I sincerely apologize for what we've been through. I apologize for the fact I wasn't able to find the ones to partner with to handle our difficult and complex situation. I also apologize because I'm going to have some sanctions."
He's certainly expressing remorse, as do most people who get caught, but where does he apologize for knowingly sitting on the knowledge that his players were violating NCAA rules?
He feels bad that fans are suffering, that he couldn't find the right people to "partner with" (I thought that's why OSU has an Athletic Director and President), and that sanctions are coming--but feeling bad about the consequences of your actions and taking responsibility for your actions are two different things. That's something most any parent knows--yet here's Tressel later in the speech trying to sound like a father figure after his non-apology:
"The mission I've always had is we make sure we help young people change their lives."
Hey, we all make mistakes, and we don't always own up to them, but we all expect to get called on it when we deny, shift, dissemble, etc.--unless, of course, we think we're above all that.