Jim Tressel Resigns: Ohio State AD Gene Smith Addresses Buckeye Nation Via Video

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Jim Tressel resigned as Ohio State head football coach this morning, and athletic director Gene Smith and the OSU athletic department prepared this video for media and fans regarding the resignation.

The school will NOT hold a press conference today; it is not known if they will hold a press conference at all.

Luke Fickell, who had already been tabbed to coach the first five games while Tressel served a suspension for lying about his knowledge of "Tattoo-Gate" to the NCAA and OSU's compliance office, will serve as the interim coach for the entire season, the school said.

The Columbus Dispatch, which broke the story, obtained and published a memo that school president E. Gordon Gee sent to OSU trustees Monday morning that read:

“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.”

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