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Q&A: ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit talks OU, OSU, Jim Tressel

by Mel Bracht Published: July 29, 2011

Will it be an advantage for OU and other Big 12 powers not having a conference championship game?

For years, Bob (Stoops) has talked about it publicly. It has been frustrating for him that prior to this year the Pac-10, the Big Ten and the Big East didn't have to deal with that. He thought it was pretty unfair that the Big 12, the SEC and the ACC had to play in a championship game. That made a lot of sense to a lot of people. They finally got what they wanted. Now they just deal with the total of 10 teams in their conference. You know when your season ends you don't have to sit there and worry about winning that extra game. As a fan, I liked it. I used to love watching the Big 12 championship game. I'm looking forward to watching the Big Ten championship game.

How will you remember the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State?

I think it's unfortunate the way it ended. I think that eventually he will have to come out and address these issues. I think a lot of it snowballed. I think the facts and what's fiction to me seem to be blurred. I don't even know myself what's true and what's not true of all these allegations. For people who know Jim Tressel and speaking for myself, how I view him has not changed and won't change. I still think he's a good man. I still think he was an outstanding coach. I still think he's a guy if my kids ever had a chance to play for, I would be honored. I think he got beat up and I think a lot of it was unfair.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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