Jim Tressel Resigns As Head Coach Of Ohio State University (Terrelle Pryor Inquiry Addendum Added 6:14 pm)
National Champions in 2002, Tressel was 106-22 (.828) during his tenure at OSU with many coming vs. Michigan
Well, can’t say we all didn’t see this happening…
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Jim Tressel is out as Ohio State’s head coach. Luke Fickell was to be the interim coach while Tressel sat out the first five games after he was suspended but will now be the interim coach the entire season. It’s been a rough off season for the Buckeye athletic program.
President E. Gordon Gee sent a letter to trustees…
“I write to let you know that later this morning we will be announcing the resignation of Jim Tressel as head coach of the University’s football program. As you all know, I appointed a special committee to analyze and provide advice to me regarding issues attendant to our football program. In consultation with the senior leadership of the University and the senior leadership of the Board, I have been actively reviewing the matter and have accepted Coach Tressel’s resignation.
“My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout all we do, we are One University with one set of standards and one overarching mission. The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions,” Gee wrote.
This all comes on the heels of OSU football players’ suspension for violations. Starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor , leading rusher Dan Herron, No. 2 wide receiver DeVier Posey, All-Big Ten offensive tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive end Solomon Thomas were suspended for selling/trading OSU memorabilia in exchange for tattoos.
The owner of the tatoo parlor where the memorabilia in question was exchanged/sold was charged with drug trafficking and the memorabilia was seized.
I spoke to athletic director Gene Smith a few years back and he heads biggest athletic budget in college sports. He and Gee have a quandary as this story gains more depth. We might not get the full story but I’m sure a lot more details will emerge. Expect more punishment coming from the NCAA. This was not a shock considering the media glare, what went down recently at USC and Ray Small’s recent admission he sold his memorabilia and received car discounts.
Are the president and the athletic director next to resign or be terminated?
Not absolving Tressel in any regard because he needed to go (I don’t know everything that went down), but It’s time to change the rules and allow players to get paid something for what they provide for universities. A simple scholarship is not enough considering the money top players generate for the school, the city and also the state. These stories are becoming commonplace and it must be said that the industrial 20th century complex is a thing of the past.
Addendum: (6:14 pm) Terrelle Pryor subject of major inquiry regarding alleged use of car improprieties and his relationship with Jeanette, PA (Pryor’s hometown) businessman Ted Sarniak.
“In January, The Dispatch reported that three times in the past three years, Pryor was stopped for traffic violations while driving cars that were owned by a car salesman or a Columbus used-car dealer for whom the salesman worked.
The salesman, Aaron Kniffin, told The Dispatch that while working at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in 2008, he allowed Pryor to drive his SUV to his hometown in Pennsylvania so that his mother could check it out. Pryor did not buy the vehicle.
Kniffin also said he arranged for Pryor to use a 2009 Dodge while Pryor’s car was being repaired at Auto Direct, a Columbus car dealership where Kniffin worked last fall.
About two dozen autographed jerseys hang inside Auto Direct’s office, including Pryor’s.
Pryor said at the time that he doesn’t remember the circumstances of him signing his jersey that hangs in the dealership, but “I sign a lot of stuff for Buckeye fans – I don’t like to turn down fans. But I don’t do it to get any favors or discounts.”
Kniffin also sold cars to Pryor’s mother and brother as well as dozens of other Buckeye athletes or their family members.
The car dealer has said repeatedly that the vehicles sales with OSU athletes have been legitimate and he has not offered them special deals.”
Man…this is a mess.