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Jim Tressel Resigns as OSU Coach

Jim Tressel

In relation to my last blog post, I mentioned how Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was involved in an NCAA violation involving his players.  He resigned yesterday amid findings that there were more than just the six current players who had received tattoos for signed memorabilia.  Upon resignation he said this: “After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach.”

According to Sports Illustrated, “the wrongdoing by Tressel’s players was far more widespread than had been reported. The memorabilia-for-tattoos violations actually stretched back to 2002, Tressel’s second season at Ohio State, and involved at least 28 players — 22 more than the university has acknowledged. Those numbers include an additional nine current players as well as nine former players whose alleged wrongdoing might fall within the NCAA’s four-year statute of limitations on violations.”  This shows that Tressel knew for many years about his players violating NCAA rules, but didn’t say anything.

He resigned, however, he would have been fired even if he didn’t resign.  When so many players are involved in a scandal like this, a coach would definitely get the boot.  Ohio State is still under investigation by the NCAA for the violations, and it will be interesting now to see what action the NCAA takes.  I sure hope that they receive worse punishment than USC did.  USC only was involved in scandals with a few players, not almost thirty over a 10-year period.


May 31, 2011 Posted by | NCAA Football, Sports | , , , , | 1 Comment