Jim Tressel Steps Down: What It Means for the Future of Ohio State Football

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IMay 30, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Jim Tressel has done it all in Division I football. At Youngstown State he led the Penguins to four IAA titles. At Ohio State Tressel helped guide the Buckeyes to one National Title and at least a share of seven Big Ten titles. But after today his coaching career is over in Columbus and in question as a whole.

Tressel issued a statement Monday stating:

"After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach."

This after a laundry list of allegations against him and the university, which included the infamous ink-gate, in which players traded in such coveted items as championship rings for free tattoos at a local tattoo parlor, something that Tressel appeared to have covered up before the start of the 2010 season.

So enough with the background and that what was; the question is what will the Buckeye future hold for this upcoming season and in the future?

If the past tells us anything, then expect a major downward spiral for the Buckeyes starting this year. Historically teams amid turmoil have not done well on the field.

The historic Miami teams of the '80s and early '90s won numerous national titles, but in the mid '90s went on probation and were never really the same for several years.

The old SMU team that got the "death penalty" were, well, not really ever the same.

But can we put Ohio State in the same ballpark?

The answer is, no.

They still have a lot of talent coming back as far as we know, and as far as we know Pryor and his suspended buddies will be back to play in 2011. But again, things could change.

The question will be, who in fact coaches this group of guys following the loss of such a heralded head coach.

Will it be Luke Fickell, the interim coach during the supposed suspension of Jim Tressel during his suspension? Or will the Buckeyes go after someone else?

How will the Buckeyes recruit?

Will the top stars still want to come to Ohio State to play amidst all of the NCAA allegations? Will the top players there still want to play for someone other than Jim Tressel?

There are many questions to be answered, but one thing is for certain, Ohio State University will never be the same after this offseason.

As for the future of Ohio State football, just look back to the mediocre days of Stanley Jackson and company and there is your answer. Teams like Michigan and Nebraska will gobble up the top tier talent and leave the Buckeyes in the middle of the pack, just like many of the John Cooper days.