Jim Tressel

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Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who resigned under pressure on May 30, once wrote a book, The Winners Manual, that espoused character and the moral high ground. "Discipline is what you do when no one else is looking," Tressel wrote. Yet Tressel failed to report to school officials that his players traded memorabilia for cash. And when those rule breaches went public, he lied, saying he knew nothing about them. Now a Sports Illustrated story alleges that the misconduct by Ohio State's players was more widespread than previously believed. Tressel was a winning coach--he finished 106-22 at Ohio State--who seemingly possessed great discipline. But he failed to heed his own words while covering up the missteps that cost him his job. Tressel might as well have written a manual on hypocrisy.