Nicklaus: 'I think Tressel is a good man'

Throughout the country on Tuesday, college head coaches were asked for their opinions on Jim Tressel's resignation from Ohio State, and most of their reactions were pretty vanilla.

Just don't ask Arkansas' Bobby Petrino about last season's Sugar Bowl.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus wasn't shy about offering his thoughts, either, when asked what former Buckeyes head coach Woody Hayes would think of the mess in Columbus.

"I think Woody would have ended up doing exactly the same thing," Nicklaus replied, according to Bob Baptist of The Columbus Dispatch. "But I think that maybe he wouldn't have had a news media that, no matter what happens, (it) gets on the news. That's not an indictment of anybody, it's just what it is.

"I think Woody would have protected his kids. He probably did protect his kids. Woody was a good man. I think Tressel is a good man."

Nicklaus, however, realizes just how badly the situation unfolded.

"Well, obviously, the coverup was far worse than the act," Nicklaus said. "And once you got the coverup, it became a situation where Jim had to say some things that weren't exactly truthful. That's where he got himself in trouble.

"I feel very bad for Jim. He's a nice man."

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