PITTSBURGH - Sports is one of the few industries where you can fail miserably and have no problem finding a new job.
Take Jim Tressel, the disgraced former head football coach at Ohio State.
Akron hired him last week for the newly created position of vice president for strategic engagement.
It seems to be a fundraising position. Because of NCAA sanctions, Tressel isn't allowed to have contact with Akron's athletic programs.
It's not volunteer work. Tressel will be paid $200,000.
That's a fraction of the more than $3 million he made annually at Ohio State, but it's not a bad rebound situation, either.
A lot of people would be happy with a weekly paycheck of $3,846.15, which is what Tressel's salary calculates to over 52 weeks.
You assume the benefits are good, too.
So while Ohio State continues to shovel out from the mess Tressel left, he'll probably be living in a nice house in Akron with a job he can ride into retirement.
There's plenty of money in sports, and total failure is no obstacle to collecting some of it.
Last week's Sidney Crosby news briefing just created more confusion.
It's probably a good idea to seek new medical opinions.
At this point, though, it almost seems like Crosby and the Penguins are looking for someone to tell them what they want to hear.
Not a fit
Hard to figure why the Steelers interviewed former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley for their offensive coordinator position.
Haley has a reputation for creating conflict, which is not a scenario that fits the Steelers.
If you don't admire Penguins winger James Neal for his scoring prowess, you have to love him for his habit of addressing Root Sports backslapper Dan Potash by his last name.
When they do one of those sweaty intermission interviews, it's "Thanks, James," followed by, "OK, Potash."
I like the Giants today.
Don't invest any money in that, though.
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