Jim Tressel's resignation comes as a huge shocker
The Ohio State Buckeyes football program and the fans had to know something bad was coming regarding head coach Jim Tressel, but never anything like this.
Amid all the controversy surrounding the Ohio State program, head coach Jim Tressel has resigned from his position. Luke Fickell will take over in the interim.
This is a shocking move to me, mainly because Tressel was so dead set on bringing the five suspended players back for another season instead of letting them go to the NFL. Now, he has quit on his guys, even though he had a decent chance of being fired anyways. Tressel decided to control his own fate after being one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten over the last decade.
This now becomes arguably the most attractive job on the open market, and right now, Luke Fickell has a chance to really grab it and run with it. Here is what Tressel had to say on the matter:
“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 Monday morning. “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”
So, if this was a mutual decision, you have to think Tressel was about to serve a massive suspension from the NCAA, and possibly worse from the officials at Ohio State. A coach with his kind of success does not just up and leave one of the best programs in the country, so there is likely more to this story that we may or may not find out.