Ohio State Coach Resigns, Was Encouraged to Do So

Jim Tressel had 106-22 record with team, but was mired in tattoo-parlor scandal

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted May 30, 2011 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned this morning—and sources say he was encouraged to do so. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Tressel's involvement in the team's tattoo-parlor scandal eventually became too much for the school. Less than three months ago, President E. Gordon Gee and Athletic Director Gene Smith expressed their full support for Tressel, but sources say the pending NCAA hearing, growing pressure, and fresh details about the football program's culture forced them to move. Though Tressel initially acted surprised when the NCAA suspended six players for selling and trading OSU memorabilia to the parlor's owner in December, news emerged one month later that Tressel had been told of the players' contact with the owner last April by a former player ... and didn't disclose the info.

And Chicago Breaking Sports adds that an upcoming Sports Illustrated story may have played a part, too. Author George Dohrmann tweeted “I'm told it is likely my SI mag story will be posted at SI.com later today/tonight. Timing of Tress dec. will make sense after you read it.” Until that happens, you'll have to make do with this explanation, from Tressel, who leaves the school with a 106-22 record: "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."

In a March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, sits next to E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, during a news conference.
In a March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, sits next to E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)
This Sept. 20, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State's Jim Tressel coaches against Miami during an NCAA college football game, in Columbus, Ohio.
This Sept. 20, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State's Jim Tressel coaches against Miami during an NCAA college football game, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
This April 23, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel during an NCAA college football Spring Game, in Columbus, Ohio.
This April 23, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel during an NCAA college football Spring Game, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)
This April 23, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel giving instructions during an NCAA college football Spring Game.
This April 23, 2011, file photo shows Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel giving instructions during an NCAA college football Spring Game.   (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, File)
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