Shocking news on this Memorial Day — the Ohio State University announced this morning that it has accepted the resignation of head football coach Jim Tressel.
This news is immensely sad. Coach Tressel not only has been a highly successful coach, but also seems to be a good person who has done a lot for local charities and organizations. It is tragic — in the Greek sense of the term — that Coach Tressel must leave a position that he seemed born to fill, under a cloud of suspicion and the steady drip, drip, drip of troubling news about NCAA investigations and other issues involving the Ohio State football program and its players. The scuttlebutt is that the University strongly encouraged Coach Tressel to resign, which just makes the story that much sadder.
I don’t know the truth about the Ohio State football program’s compliance with NCAA rules and regulations under Coach Tressel’s stewardship. When the results of the ongoing investigation are announced, there will be plenty of time for contemplation and consideration of those issues. No one person is, or should be, bigger than the institution. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel saddened by the story of a man brought low, whose legacy will forever be tarnished by a scandal and his own apparent lapses in judgment.
I wish Coach Tressel and his family peace, and good luck.