Jim Tressel Resigns: Quotes From the School and Their Ex-Coach
Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel Resigns:
Jim Tressel officially stepped down as head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes.
Lynn Zinser of The New York Times published some quotes on the situation in their latest piece.
The resignation was first reported by The Columbus Dispatch Monday morning after it received a copy of a memo that Gordon Gee, the Ohio State president, sent to university 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,” the memo read, according to The Dispatch. “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.”
Until Monday, the only hint of discord was Athletic Director Gene Smith saying in an interview last month that he believed Tressel should have apologized for the scandal at a March 8 news conference, which Tressel had called to ostensibly do just that. The university had fined him $250,000 and suspended him for five games next season.
“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 released by Ohio State. “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable,” he continued, referring to his wife.
The assistant coach Luke Fickell was named interim head coach, the statement said. Fickell had been scheduled to coach during Tressel’s five-game suspension.
“We look forward to supporting Luke Fickell in his role as our football coach,” Smith said in a statement. “We have full confidence in his ability to lead our football program.”
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