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He’s back (sorta): Tressel hired by Colts as a consultant

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Just over three months after he resigned/was fired/retired as Ohio State’s head coach, Jim Tressel has found himself back in the game of football.

According to Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star, Tressel has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts as what’s being called a “game-day consultant“.  Indy head coach Jim Caldwell confirmed the report this afternoon.

Caldwell said Tressel’s duties are expected to revolve around being a replay consultant, which, the Associated Press writes, “will allow the other coaches to focus on their individual jobs without having to worry about making decisions on replay reviews.”

Interestingly, Tressel, a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns, visited the training camp of his boyhood NFL team earlier this month.  When asked after the practice session if he would become a consultant for the Browns, Tressel said, “oh no, not right now.”

Tressel has stated on multiple occasions since his departure from the Buckeyes that he would like to get back into coaching — probably — at some point in time, although it’s obvious he will be off the sidelines in 2011.  The job with the Colts, however, will allow him to stay attached to the game in a very low-profile position.

As an aside, Terrelle Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season by the NCAA, a penalty the NFL decreed would carryover into the first five games of the former OSU quarterback’s professional career.  Tressel was also set to be suspended for the first five games of Ohio State’s season; ya think Tressel’s NCAA suspension will carryover into the NFL as well?

Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

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15 Responses to “He’s back (sorta): Tressel hired by Colts as a consultant”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 4:08 PM

    Ok… I’ll say it: I told you so.

    Jim is far too good a coach and talent to be left at home. Bank on his role growing in Indy or elsewhere without much delay.

  2. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 4:11 PM

    PS -please hold the self righteous liar’ comments in check.

    The man admitted to mistakes and deserves the right to move on with success and support.

    Fact is, he’ll enjoy both, whether the trolls are active or not.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 2, 2011 4:44 PM

    As polegojim said, Tressel is a good coach. He has good coaching instincts and should be an asset to the Colts and move up and forward. He should have resigned/be fired for what he did, however, he also deserves to move on and earn a living. He did not kill anyone, nor violate the federal or state law. so he should not be deprived of liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

    Parts of south Louisiana are already flooding. I have heard from tigersgeaux and southernpatriots and all live in the areas that are beginning to flood. Sandbags are being placed along the bayous, levees, and tributaries. I think they said they would be leaving for Dallas today rather than tomorrow morning so they could get out before the streets flood and they are barricaded. Wish I would be able to go to the LSU — Oregon game with them.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:45 PM

    No, No, No!!! Say it ain’t so Bob Irsay. This guy should be permanently banned from any organized sport.

  5. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 6:04 PM

    the fiesty1 – ; ) !

    Truth is – everyone wishes The Vest was prowling their sideline or sitting in their box… they just won’t admit it…yet.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 2, 2011 6:38 PM

    polegojim: I think you may well be correct. I am glad he now has a job in the pros, though. That will give him a break from college routine (the day in day out schedule) and memories. From what I understand his full responsiblity will be watching the plays to see which ones, if any, would need to be reviewed.

  7. Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 6:52 PM

    Pryor didn’t get a $250,000 fine and lose a job worth several million–which I doubt this new job pays. So Tressel has been punished for his transgressions. That five-game suspension is the only consequence Pryor will face for the damage done at OSU. I don’t normally agree with Goodell’s decisions, but for once a player wasn’t allowed to leave a college holding the bag for his mistakes while he jumped to the NFL. So Goodell handled that appropriately.

    Now I hope both Pryor and Tressel can put all this behind them and move on with their lives. Good luck to them.

  8. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 2, 2011 7:05 PM

    I do think he is a good coach polegojim. But I have no desire to see him at PSU or the steelers.

  9. Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 7:27 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    Omigoodness! Never thought of it that way LOL No … I’m happy he’s landed on his feet, but couldn’t see him with the Steelers. Our coaches are all spit and growl :)

  10. 10of14 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:53 PM

    I think Jim is a nice guy and good coach. But settle down Buck fans; this is not a coaching job. This actually is a surprise (that he took this glorified statisticians job) and a bit embarrassing. This is equivalent to a grad assistant at the college level. Why Jim??

  11. 10of14 says: Sep 2, 2011 8:00 PM

    …and Deb, the $250,000 fine was revoked. Tressel agreed to take total blame in exchange for having the fine lifted. The irony; it was not just Tressel as suspected and communicated by Gee and Smith that was guilty of wrong doing. Today’s announcement that 3 more OSU players broke the rules even after the other news was made public, proves that the scum goes much deeper than just the TAT5 and beyond Tressel. The program has issues.

  12. WingT says: Sep 2, 2011 8:31 PM

    Head Replay Coach, Indianapolis Colts – what an insult

  13. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 8:37 PM

    WingT – nawwww… just a stop to avert saddle soreness when many will be calling.

  14. WingT says: Sep 2, 2011 8:51 PM

    Poledude, lol…

    No doubt that many will approach him – he’s goinna have to land in the Pros though, which might not be a bad thing

  15. Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 10:02 PM

    @100f14 …

    Thanks for that info … didn’t know they’d revoked the fine.

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