Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jim Tressel Resigns Amid Scandal
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel announced his resignation yesterday, amid NCAA violations due to his players' tattoo-parlor scandal and his attempted cover up. Tressel was one of the most successful coaches in recent college football history, and lead Ohio State to its first national title in 34 years in the 2002 season.
Tressel's resignation came from mounting pressure on Ohio State from fans and the media. Originally, Tressel was suspended two games due to a tattoo parlor scandal involving several of his best players. However, after more information began to surface that Tressel may have been aware of his players' actions and attempted to cover up what had happened, Ohio State increased the suspension to five games and fined the head coach $250,000.
Things went from bad to worse for Tressel in a hurry, and he quickly lost the support of the Ohio State faithful as more violations surfaced. Tressel received e-mails from a former player which detailed his players' violations at the tattoo parlor, but did not report this information. Ultimately, the cover up did the coach in, and he resigned after meeting with athletic director Gene Smith. Smith announced that Luke Fickell will be the Buckeye's interim coach next season.
Tressel resigns from Ohio State with a 106-22 career record. He lead Ohio State to eight BCS bowl games in 10 years, including a national championship in 2002. During Tressel's tenure as head coach, Ohio State had more players drafted into the NFL than any other college program. Despite the success he enjoyed at Ohio State, Tressel will likely be an outcast for several years due to the NCAA violations.