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NFL sidelines Tressel for six games

File image of Ohio State head coach Tressel and quarterback Pryor celebrate after beating Oregon in the 96th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena Reuters

When the Indianapolis Colts announced last week that they’d hired former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as something called a “game-day coordinator”, we openly wondered whether The Vest, like his former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, would be suspended for the first five games of the NFL season.

As it turns out, the league did one better.

It was announced Monday morning by the Colts that Tressel will not be allowed to perform his duties for the first six games of the upcoming NFL season.  Tressel will be permitted to begin working with the team, work that will mainly consist of replay reviews on game day, the seventh game of the upcoming season.

“After the announcement of Coach Jim Tressel’s agreement to join the Colts as a game day consultant, questions were raised with respect to the equity of his appointment as opposed to suspensions being served this season by present and former Ohio State players,” Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said in a statement released by the team.

“Over the weekend Coach Tressel, Mr. Irsay, Coach Caldwell and I had a discussion of the issue.  In addition, we had a conversation with league officials to apprise them of the details of Coach Tressel’s employment and the issues we were reviewing.”

The statement adds that it was Tressel’s suggestion to sit the first six games.  Boy, that sounds awfully familiar…

Tressel had initially been suspended for the first two games of OSU’s 2011 season before he decided to tack three additional games on top of the initial penalty to match that of five of his other players.  He ultimately “resigned” on Memorial Day earlier this year under a cloud of controversy, and now that cloud will follow him into the NFL.

And, you know what?  Good for the NFL, if for nothing more than, if you’re going to sit a player for something that happened at the collegiate level, you’d damn sure better do the same with a coach.  In fact, after the Pryor ruling, the NFL had no other choice but to sit Tressel for at least as many games as his former player.

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13 Responses to “NFL sidelines Tressel for six games”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 5, 2011 11:38 AM

    Ridiculous – almost childish.

    “They’ve punished you… and WE’RE going to punish you some more!!!!”

  2. mdnittlion says: Sep 5, 2011 11:56 AM

    It’s so stupid and I don’t care if college football is the NFL’s minor league system or not it’s just stupid. Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis none of these guys got anything when they went into the NFL. I’d love to see the NFL commissioner tell Jerry Jones he had to suspend Johnson or Switzer cause of some crap that happened back in college, just the look on his face before the ask the Commish if he’s kidding would be golden.

  3. thekatman says: Sep 5, 2011 11:56 AM

    Only 6 games? Good to see the NFL helping the NCAA to try to curtail cheting, but until the prnalties arecsevere enough whats 6 games worth? Are they still being paid?

    The NFL shoud institute a harsher penalty that hits the players and coaches in the pocket. Suspension with pay is an NFL version of redshirting.

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:10 PM

    The NFL is trying to send a message. The message is you can lie, cheat, carry guns, beat dogs, take drugs, etc., etc., etc. and there is room for you in our league. We will have to slap you on the hand so we can pretend we care about the image of the league versus winning. I guess F&L in NFL stands for felons & liars.

  5. jesse1834 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:34 PM

    All bow to the state of the NCAA!!!

  6. Deb says: Sep 5, 2011 1:13 PM

    Yes because we all know what a stickler Goodell is for consistency in suspending people. By the way, how is Albert Haynesworth enjoying his suspension? Oh … yeah …

    Excuse me while I go gag.

  7. dkhhuey says: Sep 5, 2011 2:00 PM

    Wow – here is Roger’s next move:

    Please come in Mr. Tressel – now walk to the board and write out 1000 times, I am very sorry that I did not tell the NCAA about the Tat5.

    Me thinks somebody is getting into a bit of a power trip / ego thing

  8. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 5, 2011 2:01 PM

    Golly, can he have the NFLPA aid in his appeal too?

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2011 2:20 PM

    Spoke with southernpatriots as they are heading back from the LSU win over Oregon, saying they met some great fans from Oregon while getting gas today who said they would follow them to south Louisiana and help with the neighborhood watch in exchange for some of the great Cajun food! That is good….They met some wonderful mature Oregon fans!

    I told them about the Tressel NFL Suspension for 6 games and they laughed: “What a joke!” At times the NCAA has become a joke and the NFL folks are becoming likewise!” That expresses my mind on the matter as well.

  10. millsieg says: Sep 5, 2011 2:34 PM

    Tressel getting a job as a replay guy sounds weak. he doesn’t need the money. the way i see it, working at all is the issue. as a coach in the NFL…. this wouldn’t look good. but to keep him from working again in any venue is going beyond the game. being on the sidelines for an NFL team brings a bad image to that particular front office. but in “the league”, this circle of behavior is off the board for being judged for right and wrong. and morals……please! ‘football’ is a huge institution in itself. many get wealthy in this particular venue just by being associated with it. this thing being governed by ‘right/wrong’ is never in play in duration. it’s all about the hearty appetite of people paying big to see it. Tressel is just another casualty of this dog eat dog business. don’t hate the guy, hate the institution running the whole thing. all of the people that make this thing a circus w/their decision making. The NFL is the largest entity of a sport in the US. maybe the world in dollars being spent. Tressel isn’t the 1st committing a crime while involved in running a team, and he won’t be the last. he’s just the “last” story. the season just started (both leagues). ….it’s all forgotten about in a week. the people want their football. millsie

  11. nooneyouknow says: Sep 5, 2011 4:41 PM

    The league didnt suspend him, the Colt’s did, therefore removing the league from having to address this issue any further. Pete Carroll, we are looking at you

  12. sparty13 says: Sep 5, 2011 4:41 PM

    Did I miss something? Where in this article, besides the headline, does it say that the NFL suspended Jim Tressel?
    It looks to me like Tressel and the Colts’ front office made this decision.

  13. drexelvol says: Sep 5, 2011 7:32 PM

    You’re right, Sparty13, it was NOT the NFL, it was the Colts that “suspended” Tressel for the first six games. The headline of this article is incorrect and should be changed.

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