In breaking news fresh off the presses this Monday, The Columbus Dispatch has reported that Ohio State's head football coach, Jim Tressel, has decided to resign. Faced with a heaping pile of NCAA violations and accusations that seem to be never ending, the coach that was once known for honesty and integrity has decided to hang up his whistle.
The university, which was fully supportive of Tressel up up till now, decided it was in their best interest to part ways with him to possibly help mitigate future NCAA charges. In a memo written by OSU President E. Gordon Gee to the board of trustees, obtained by the Dispatch, Gee outlines his reasons for accepting the resignation.
“In consultation with the senior leadership of the university and the senior leadership of the board I have actively been reviewing the matter and have accepted coach Tressel's resignation.
"My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout this, we are one university with one set of standards and one overarching mission.
"The university's enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence will guide our mission."
Tressel, who had compiled a 106-22 record as the Buckeyes coach, including going 9-1 against hated rival Michigan, leaves the team as one of it's most successful and popular coaches. That love and competence, however, may turn to more bitter emotions after the NCAA levies it's sanctions against the school. Tressel and Ohio State were to go before the NCAA's infractions committee Aug. 12 to answer questions about the player violations and why Tressel did not report them.
Assistant Coach Luke Fickell, who was penciled in for head coaching duties for the first five games of next season, what Tressel was originally going to serve, has been bumped up to Head Coach for the season and faces a tall order in getting this team prepared to play next season.
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