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ROTFL: Report says Tressel to step down as OSU coach

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel yells to his team during the second quarter of their NCAA football game against Purdue in Columbus

(Please hold your laughter until the ride has come to a full and complete stop.  Thank you in advance.)

We’ll state this straight off the top: there’s as much chance of this rumor/”report” being true as there is me not finishing the beer sitting next to my laptop.

Still, it’s blasting its way through the vast expanses of the Internet at lightning speed, so we’ll address it even as we almost summarily dismiss its validity.

According to something called ChicagoNow.com, Jim Tressel will no longer be the head football coach at Ohio State University after the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.  Two sources, the website writes, indicated that Buckeye recruits have been informed that Tressel will not be back as coach, and have been allowed to look for other options.

For what it’s worth, we spoke to one potential recruit and he’s heard nothing of what’s being reported, either Tressel stepping down or recruits being told that they are “allowed” to look for other options.  Of course, until a Letter of Intent is signed, football players are allowed to look around regardless, so this is yet another data point that makes this “report” smell of something you pull out of a pond.

The “report” also mentions numerous violations committed during Tressel’s time in Columbus — including the most recent one in which Terrelle Pryor and four other players were suspended for the first five games of 2011 for impermissible benefits — intimating that was the impetus for his alleged decision to part ways with the school.

A source close to the football program we spoke to a couple of minutes ago called word of Tressel stepping down “complete (really bad word) (bad word)”, however.  An email sent to Ohio State seeking comment/official debunking of the rumor has yet to receive a response, although it’s Christmas and we’d expect nothing less.

Again, we are highly, highly, highly suspicious of this “report”, but it does make for good fodder on an otherwise slow holiday.

UPDATED 7:48 p.m ET: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has debunked the Tressel “report” via Twitter.


UPDATED 9:11 p.m ET
: OSU director of athletic communications Shelly Poe told CFT in an email that the rumor is “[t]otally the work of some prankster.”

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28 Responses to “ROTFL: Report says Tressel to step down as OSU coach”
  1. canematador says: Dec 25, 2010 7:16 PM

    ummm…. did you really have to post this???!!!

  2. hboilers24 says: Dec 25, 2010 7:36 PM

    LOL this is Christmas, not April Fools Day kiddies!

    next you’ll be hearing that after Tressel steps down that Rich Rod is our #1 choice to come in HAHAHA

  3. kenosando says: Dec 25, 2010 7:47 PM

    @canematador did you need to post your comment? CFT is simply relaying information – as you can tell there is little concrete facts behind the original report and little backing from CFT – there is no reason to express such disgust and negativity over a rumor report.

  4. donniccolo says: Dec 25, 2010 9:32 PM

    http://twitter.com/OSU_AD

    that post refuting the rumors doesn’t exist ?

  5. donniccolo says: Dec 25, 2010 9:33 PM

    something doesn’t make sense…

  6. akronguy1 says: Dec 25, 2010 9:36 PM

    Your not much of a journalist! Spreading rumors you know are false and have been refuted is irresponsible. Did it ever occur to you that in the midst of final days of recruiting there are alot of people who would benefit from this type of rumor?

  7. John Taylor says: Dec 25, 2010 9:58 PM

    @akronguy1: You’re a real American genius. It’s amazing sometimes that people such as yourself can breathe and type at the same time.

    @donniccolo: http://twitter.com/#!/OSU_AD/status/18825124132163584

  8. cowboys4life says: Dec 25, 2010 11:08 PM

    Pete Carroll did it

  9. seanmmartin says: Dec 25, 2010 11:57 PM

    Uh oh

  10. overratedgators says: Dec 26, 2010 12:06 AM

    @hboilers: I think Rich Rod would be an obvious choice for Ohio State. After all, he’s personally engineered three successive Buckeye wins over Michigan…

  11. polegojim says: Dec 26, 2010 12:44 AM

    Now, that’s funny stuff and good reading John.

    Not that it’s going to happen, but as a true blue Michigan fan, I’d hate to see CoachT go.

    He’s done an excellent job at OSU, and I’d love to get a true Michigan coach to make it a contest again against him.

  12. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 5:46 AM

    I read the article written by ChicagoNow. There is an interesting statistic that they point out – it says

    “Ohio State has one of the largest compliance departments in the country, yet they have reported 375 violations to the NCAA from 2000-2009, the most in the country.”
    ==================================
    Does anybody know if this is true?

  13. blitz4848 says: Dec 26, 2010 7:38 AM

    WOW—-these same staunchy, nose in the air Buckeye fans that look down on the SEC and talk all that criminal smack leads the nation in reported violations this decade—ROFLMAO

    They look down at the SEC but when it comes to the football field they tend to be looking up to get the number of the team that just steamrolled them again, year after year after year…..LMAO

  14. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 8:00 AM

    Blitz,
    Go easy on these guys. They are excitable and will just explode on anything negative that you say about them. Especially that dkkHuey guy – wow, that little boy is some kind of angry about the OSU violations.

  15. steelers6pack says: Dec 26, 2010 8:36 AM

    probation upcoming Buckeye fans! LOL LOL LOL

  16. hitdog042 says: Dec 26, 2010 9:46 AM

    Idiots. 375 self reported from all varsity sports. Not football. Keep dreaming buckeye hatred. Keep dreaming.

  17. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 11:08 AM

    We’re #1, We’re #1, We’re #1..go ahead Buckeyes and join in the chant..We’re #1, We’re #1…

    LMAO

  18. blitz4848 says: Dec 26, 2010 11:28 AM

    Thanks for clearing that up—Nice to know that the Buckeye program is setting the standard across the board for all NCAA sports—it’s nice to be the world wide leader in wrongdoing!!!!!

    Now it’s clearer why the NCAA allowed the Buckeyes to play in the Sugar bowl—-it’s because that’s their reward for being a solid #1.

    Who hates the Buckeyes—they are kinda fun to kick around–at least that’s what the Hogs are going to do to them–Hogs 31 ViolatorEyes 17

  19. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 12:03 PM

    Where is SpudVol? Surely he has something to add to all of this…:)

  20. browniebuck says: Dec 26, 2010 7:11 PM

    While they stated that Ohio State was “first in reported violations”…did they also report that THE Ohio State University is also either the largest school in the country or one of the top 3? They also have as many or more sports (which means as many or more athletes) in comparison to other schools.

    Ohio State is by NO means innocent, but neither are the other schools in the Big Ten, SEC, Pac10, Notre Dame, etc… Ohio State SELF reports more than any other school…other schools try to shovel $hit on top of the violations and pretend that they don’t exist (see USC and UNC).

    I agree…the Buckeyes will get stomped in the Sugar Bowl…too much distraction surrounding too many key cogs.

  21. edgy loves (insert overrated MWC/WAC team) and I love Ohio State says: Dec 26, 2010 7:35 PM

    man too bad I missed a couple of good ole southern boys hee hawin their terrible jokes lol I mean blitz, the “violatoreyes”? That’s the best you could come up with lol

    can I ask when you were a child, what osu fan molested you? I mean your hate and ignorance only comes from a traumatizing event in your life

    I feel bad for you, does your family know the truth?

  22. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 8:15 PM

    @Edgy whomever

    hee haw….lol…thats a good one…nicely done

    @BrownieBuck
    Of course just about every school in every major conference has these problems. The only schools that don’t are the Little sisters of the poor, lol.
    And at least you can man up and admit that OSU fockerd up ( terrible movie, The Fighter is much better).

    The NCAA rules are close to unrealistic for today.

    Eventually every team will fall – its just a matter of time.

    And finally, I’m not so sure about Arkansas beating OSU…

    roll tide

  23. browniebuck says: Dec 26, 2010 8:51 PM

    The worst part about the whole scenario is that Pryor claims that he sold his stuff to “help out his mother”. Like he is going to say that he did it to buy himself a big screen or to trick out his car. Of course he is going to say that he did it to “help out his mother”…but if you actually believe that this is what he did with the money that he was paid…you are in the 99th percentile of idiots in this country.

  24. WingT says: Dec 26, 2010 8:59 PM

    @browniebuck
    I listened to the 30+ minute press conference with Tressel and AD Smith. I heard Smith mention about the ‘doing it for the family”…what a crock of Sh@t was my first reaction. Smith is full of it..Tressel at least seems to be honest in all of this except for when he tries to explain why these players are plaing in the Sugar bowl.

    I’m just curious, does anybody know if Pryor owns a car and if he does what kind? Is it for sale?

  25. pricecube says: Dec 27, 2010 12:09 AM

    No intention of being the grammar police here… I am aware there are probably grammatical issues in my posts John .. please delete this after I put it up but.. you wrote:

    “Still, it’s blasting it’s way “… only use an apostrophe for the contraction “it is”… not for the possessive “its”… in other words it should read “Still, it’s blasting its way” …

    and please take this post down because I know how jerky I sound … finally don’t blame my alma mater but my 3rd grade teacher …. Love CFT! cheers!… and keep up the good work!

  26. browniebuck says: Dec 27, 2010 9:09 AM

    The reason that the players area llowed to play in the bowl game is that the NCAA is worried about the ratings of the Sugar Bowl…the Buckeyes are in a BCS Bowl Game…the NCAA wants ratings, and who would watch the game with the back-up QB, back-up WR, back-up RB (not to mention Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas).

    I think that Ohio State would LOVE to suspend them for the bowl game (it would save them airfare, hotel accommodations, meal money, etc…) and have the suspension be for the first four games of next season…that way they would have everyone back for the Big Ten season opener. I think that they have been told in very (not so) subtle terms that they aren’t allowed to suspend them for the bowl game.

  27. cowboys4life says: Dec 27, 2010 11:59 AM

    @pricecube

    you’re a fucktard

  28. the1tab says: May 30, 2011 10:04 AM

    Laughing now, NBC? I welcome your apologies, since I WAS RIGHT.

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