Jim Tressel Quits on His Day Off

30 May

by Chris McCoy

Happy Memorial Day. This just in Jim Tressel has resigned. Hold up… Say What? Who resigns on their day off? That’s like a reverse Craig!

If you’ve missed some of the events that have led up to this, let’s recap:

The five Ohio State University football players suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season pledged to return next year and serve their suspensions, as Coach Tressel would not let them play in the Sugar Bowl if they hadn’t committed to returning. The five players were: Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas. All but Thomas had legitamite shots at the NFL this year.

Coach Tressel later agreed to serve a five game suspension himself, once it came out he was knowledgeable about the incident before hand.

After Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith claimed that “this is isolated to these young men, and isolated to this particular instance,” former Buckeyes Antonio Pittman (04-06) and Thaddeus Gibson (06-09) weighed in on the scandal.

Pittman saying, “This OSU tattoo stuff is silly. Cats been getting hookups on tatts since back in 01.”

Gibson saying, “Oh yeah, they (Gene Smith and the coaches) talked about it (not selling OSU player awards) a lot”

In this March 9th Random Thought, I said that, “For the sake of its own credibility, the NCAA needs to slap a heavier punishment on Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel.”

This was based solely on Tressel’s track record of improprieties dating back to 1994 and Ray Isaacs, when Tressel was the head coach of Youngstown State, and included five incidents that give some of the history that led to my claim.

Along with the Sports Illustrated piece that’s supposed to be coming out shortly on this whole debacle, this may have been the straw to break the camels back.

Ray Small, a current student at OSU, told the school’s student newspaper that he sold Big Ten championship rings and other memorabilia for cash and got special car deals as an athlete during his playing days. He also went on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and said that he knew it was wrong when he did it, and he did it anyways. Small also said in these reports that this activity was prevalent throughout OSU Athletics, and “Everywhere you go, while you’re in the process of playing at Ohio State, you’re going to get a deal every which way.”

So after months of speculation that it may come to this, and “After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach,” Tressel said in a statement released by the university. “The appreciation that (wife) Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”

In ten seasons at the Ohio State University, Tressel went 106-22 (66-14 in the Big Ten), Won the 2002 National Championship, seven Big Ten Championships, including the last six, and went 9-1 versus Michigan.

Many are asking if Tressel will coach again in the college ranks. I doubt it. While everyone speaks to his integrity as a man, there’s no question that his wrap sheet is difficult to look past at this point. Whether he didn’t have full control of his program, tried to put his players best interest before the program to a fault, or just looked past somethings, he’s guilty several times over in the public eye.

Don’t worry Tressel, somebody will scoop you up as an assistant in the NFL. This is not the end of the road for you… unless you want it to be.


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