Jim Tressel: The True Reasoning on Why Ohio State Head Coach Stepped Down
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Today head football coach Jim Tressel of Ohio State University is stepping down—not retiring, but resigning.
Why? Well, no one knows the real answer why; however you could speculate and guess the reason why. Maybe it's due to the tattoo pallor scandal? Or the five-game suspension? Or maybe the university asking him to leave (which hasn’t been confirmed)? No one knows, and no one may ever know.
Tressel released a statement today: "After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach. The appreciation that (wife) Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable."
Now right there it sounds like the university is pushing Tressel out. However, I really truly feel that this was Tressel’s decision.
Now you can bring in the whole Richard Nixon thing and how he resigned because it was only going to get worse and head downhill from there. But that has to do with the government; this has to do with football, and what I truly believe happened was that Tressel felt that it was time.
I believe Tressel felt that coming back after serving his five-game suspension and then having the players have to readjust to him as their head coach after playing under interim head coach Luke Fickell for the first five games just wouldn’t have been right. It wouldn’t have been right for the players, right for the university or right for himself, but most importantly, it wouldn’t have been right for the fans.
So today, hearing the news of head coach Jim Tressel resigning did come to me as a shock. However, from the standpoint of doing what’s right and what’s best, Tressel did that to the highest of his abilities.
Who Will Be The Head Coach For The Remainder Of The Season?
In a couple of days the media will slowly fade away from this and get onto a new topic. Then in a couple of weeks this will fade away from Ohio State University, and the players will take the practice field with their interim head coach Luke Fickell, who will most likely be the head coach for the remainder of the season.
As this all fades away out of the spotlight, though, it will never disappear and will never be forgotten—not what he did wrong at Ohio State University, but what he did right, like taking the Buckeyes to their first national championship in 34 years, making them one of college’s most known football teams. Most importantly, however, how he always had his players' backs, even if he was hurting himself—that’s what will be remembered.
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