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Tressel: ‘Time has to take care of some things’

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Exactly a year ago to the day  and as I was in the midst of enjoying a morning on the links sans phone – Jim Tressel abruptly retired/resigned/was fired as the head football coach at Ohio State, a cloud of off-field controversy overshadowing a decade of on-field excellence.

Both The Sweatervest and his beloved Buckeyes have since moved on, the former initially to the Indianapolis Colts and then to the University of Akron in a non-sports position, the latter, after a sub-.500 season under interim coach Luke Fickell, to Urban Meyer in a hire that has rejuvenated the football program.

Tressel, given a five-year show-cause for lying to the NCAA regarding potential violations involving a handful of players, has spoken around the subject of his former school since his departure, but never directly addressed it in any meaningful way.  While that’s still essentially the case, the former coach did go to greater lengths than he has previously in an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Doug Lesmerises, which ran, obviously, to coincide with the anniversary of his official demise.

Addressing the possibility of, eventually, getting back in the school’s good graces, Tressel stated simply, “[t]ime has to take care of some things. … and then enjoy that recognition of every place I’ve been.” Tressel also stated that he holds no bitterness toward the university for what some still believe was the school unfairly stripping him of his dream job.

“It was going to end one day, in one way or another, and that wasn’t the way we wanted to end it,” Tressel told the Plain Dealer.

“Wow, a lot happens in a year, a lot that you don’t know is going to happen. But I don’t feel scarred or disappointed or mad. I just don’t feel that way. The people at Ohio State have always been great to me, and things end up the way they do, and you go on to the next play or the next day, and that’s always been the way I look at things.”

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8 Responses to “Tressel: ‘Time has to take care of some things’”
  1. whitdog23 says: May 30, 2012 1:08 PM

    Says nothing, fools everybody. Never understood why people worship this guy

  2. kozbee says: May 30, 2012 1:08 PM

    Tressel Honesty is a big part of the once job you had at State.Sure Ohio st was good to you but your not an honest man to hold the position you once held as head coach.Once you found out what was going on and cleaned house you would still have the respect you once had.When a man loses respect of those he teaches then they no longer will respect you.Sure Ohio st will go on and heal in time but what you left there as a coach will always be in memory to the school and players and fans as a dishonest coach that never really loved his job at Ohio st.

  3. cubano76 says: May 30, 2012 1:11 PM

    Unfortunately the same issues that got you fired at OSU, have followed you everywhere you’ve coached.

  4. steeler1nation says: May 30, 2012 3:10 PM

    Having personally known Jim Tressel for over 11 years, I can assure that the excellence was off-the-field, too. He molded many a young player in to fine young men. He did things the honest way with integrity. I don’t care how many morons get on here and spout off…he was merely loyal to a fault, and this whole thing was much ado about nothing: protecting his players (who were selling their OWN items)b/c a lawyer & fed. gave him that advice to. I would have done the same thing. Go whine about any coach who was on the Penn State staff and didn’t do enough to thwart a child rapist, thus enabling the animal. But, don’t whine about how Jim Tressel didn’t do things right. Those who say that are simply wrong. 99.9 % of the time he did things the right way..that’s more than most can say.

  5. drjem says: May 30, 2012 3:34 PM

    One doesn’t NEED to know Jim Tressel personally to “KNOW” that he is a liar. He ruined one of the most “STORIED” programs in the USA. How dare him!!! How dare him tarnish the integrity & greatness of Ohio State football. I’m not a fan of Ohio State Football, BUT……even when they beat the pee out of us, I can still say that they were an entertaining football team. Jim Tressel……….he’s not entertaining, he’s “JUST” another LIAR!!!

  6. rickrock6661982 says: May 30, 2012 3:37 PM

    Tressel wasn’t honest at Akron either

    Not sure what Ohio State fans expected..his facade was going to be exposed at some point

  7. steeler1nation says: May 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    @drjem — get your mouth removed from George Dohrmann’s pe.nis, then come back and be logical

  8. drjem says: May 30, 2012 4:07 PM

    rickrock…..Of course you’re correct. BUT………………….B U T………don’t let steelernation read it or he will accuse you as well of some arcane parasitic event. The truth is…….Tressel is “STILL” a LIAR!!!! Go SUCK on that steelernation!!!

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