When a college football coach comes out (<--coincidental phrasing) in theoretical support of a gay players, it's a daring public move, especially when the coach isn't know for saying much about anything specifically in public, much less doing it in a one-on-one interview. Daring is not the word we would assign to Jim Tressel in anything, but it's 3:15 p.m. on Thursday and here we are.
When I think of the diversity we’ve had on our team the past few years, it goes way beyond just a racial, sexual or ethnic mix. We've had players who had different religions, players who came from different economic backgrounds, players who are parents, who are spouses, who are caring for ailing parents, who are wheelchair bound, who are battling cancer, and on and on. Whatever a young man feels called to express, I hope we will help him do it in a supportive environment.
That is innocuous enough by itself. Seen in the March 2010 edition of Outlook Columbus, though, it marks the first time a college coach has done an interview with a gay newspaper or publication of any sort. It also marks the first appearance of the tres fetch sweatervest in the publication, which doesn't work on most men but there's just some kind of church-daddy allure when you wear it, Jim.. (Cardigans, as useful and stylish as they can be, are not quite the same, sweetheart.) Next up: Greg McMackin on the topic of dance and its place in football.
(The best part: Michigan fans, the primary rival fans, are far too conscientious and polite to make homophobic slurs, while SEC fans would see this in a rival coach and instantly mail him cock-shaped cookies. We'd eat them, but seriously, they are cookies, and cookies are good no matter what they're shaped like.)