This week Terrelle Pryor's dad passed away...just a few days after Pryor's advisor/mentor/friend Ted Sarniak died.
It is reported by Bill Greene at Scout that Jim Tressel took time off from his job at Akron and flew to California to be with TP. Instead of just "being there for him", Tressel decided to BE THERE for him.
JT can be rightly criticized for being overly loyal to his players. Doing that cost him his job, and brought embarrassment and sanctions to OSU. What you can't say is that he was a "fair weather friend".
This is who he is.