He's a legendary coach of a legendary football program. He is revered among his loyal fans and other coaches throughout the country. Off the field, he is actively involved in charities such as: Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Ronald McDonald House to name a few. His players' graduation rate is well above other high profile programs.
Instead of Tom Osborne, Jim Tressel is currently in the public's crosshairs for Everything That's Wrong with College Football. There are glaring differences between the Tressel and Osborne/Lawrence Phillips incident, namely the fact that Tressel lied to his AD, his university's president, the NCAA, and whomever else. The question this week is:
What if the Tom Osborne/Lawrence Phillips incident happened in today's 24 Hour News Cycle/Social Media climate? Would Osborne have kept his job or would the public outcry from everyone with a keyboard and a WiFi connection have been too much? Would Osborne have handled it differently than he had?