Jim Tressel resigned as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team early Monday morning, after the coach found himself embroiled in a lengthy scandal involving players selling memorabilia to a tattoo parlor for cash and free tattoos that exploded into something much larger.
Tressel's trouble started when it was revealed that he'd known about the violations for several months before bringing them to the attention of the university and the NCAA, despite telling reporters when the story broke that it was the first he'd heard of the incidents.
Now, suddenly, one of the most prestigious jobs in the college football universe has come open, and the Buckeyes are sure to have a list of candidates a mile long. But, they'll have a tough time finding someone who can match the Sweater Vest's level of success.
After all, Tressel leaves the school with the highest win percentage (.828) of any coach in the program's long and distinguished history, meaning the school has some sizable shoes to fill.
Who are the most likely candidates to take over as the school's full-time coach? Sure, assistant Luke Fickell has been named interim coach, but is he really a candidate to become the full-time head coach?
While it's obviously still speculative at this point, we're breaking down the odds some of the big-name candidates have of landing the Buckeyes' permanent job.