You're driving along the highway, speeding at 20 miles per hour above the speed limit. That's when you see a cop on the side of the road. You quickly slow down. You're lucky. The officer has already pulled someone over. Five minutes later, you are speeding again, hoping cops on the road don't see you.
Why do you behave like this?
Because, for the most part, you feel like the end justifies the means. More than 99 percent of the time, you speed and get away with it and the time you save on the road is worth that one time ticket.
That's exactly how some college coaches will act after Jim Tressel's resignation from Ohio State yesterday. Breaking the rules or bending the rules is simply part of the price you pay to get the top guys.