Reports out of Columbus Ohio are that Ohio State University head coach Jim Tressel has resigned.
“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. “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”
It is widely believed that the pending NCAA investigation of Ohio State and Tressel was too much to bear.
The Buckeyes are in the middle of the investigation resulting from the illegal selling of merchandise for discounted tattoos which had already resulting in a 5 game suspension for Tressel.
“In consultation with the senior leadership of the Board of Trustees, I have been actively reviewing matters attendant to our football program, and I have accepted Coach Tressel’s resignation,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. “The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions.”
Luke Fickell will serve as the head coach for 2011-12 and a new head permanent head coach will be in place for the 2012 season.
Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch said he was unaware of any buyout or severance package. Under terms of Tressel’s contract, worth around $3.5 million a year through the 2012 season, Ohio State will not be liable for any pay or benefits upon resignation.
The New York Jets have drafted five players from Ohio State University overall. Beginning with Matt Snell in 1964 and ending with Nick Mangold and Vernon Gholston in 2006 and 2007.