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The Vest to make appearance at Michigan game?

Jim Tressel

It’s been nearly 16 months since Jim Tressel was fired/resigned from his job as Ohio State’s head coach, “stepping down” on Memorial Day 2011 after he was found to have, in essence, lied to both the NCAA and his bosses about impermissible benefits received by a handful of players.

With a celebration of the Sweatervest’s greatest accomplishment during his 10-year run with the Buckeyes looming, could the disgraced former coach, now serving in an administrative position at the University of Akron, be ready for a return to Ohio Stadium?

During the annual OSU-Michigan game Nov. 24, the Buckeyes’ 2002 national title team will be honored on the field of the Horseshoe.  OSU athletic director Gene Smith confirmed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that anyone associated with that team will be permitted to take part in the celebration, which presumably includes Tressel.

The question is, will he return and take the field with his former players?

“I don’t know,” former OSU defensive back Dustin Fox told the Plain Dealer. “I would like to think so. It wouldn’t feel the same without him.”

Another member of that 2002 team, Mike Doss, said that while “[w]e would love to see Tress there,” he said the group doesn’t want anything involved with that weekend, including a potential Tressel return, to overshadow what’s really important.

“[T]he most important thing is to support Urban and the new Buckeyes,” the ex-DB said. “So that Saturday is not necessarily about us, it’s about the team playing on the field.”

While that’s indeed a noble thought on Doss’ part, the question of whether Tressel will make an appearance on the same field in which he won 106 games — 94 officially thanks to the NCAA sanctions — will be a shadow looming over the two-plus months that tick by awaiting the kickoff of the greatest rivalry in all of sports.

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24 Responses to “The Vest to make appearance at Michigan game?”
  1. effosugoblue says: Sep 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    Eff OSU!!!!

  2. steeler1nation says: Sep 14, 2012 11:31 AM

    @”effosugoblue” — wow, inferiority complex much?
    I guess it may have something to do with the FACT that Jim Tressel OWNED scUM for a decade. Deal with it. I know you’re obsessed with hating tOSU, but seriously, get a life.
    Jim Tressel should deservedly be brought back & honored. It’s the least they could do after that much-ado-about-nothing, blown-up “scandal”. All he was doing was being overly loyal to his players & protecting them, given FBI advice. He really didn’t do anything different than a father wouldn’t do for his own kids. Tressel was the fall guy for the inept AD Gene Smith, who will never get fired, (guess why).

  3. BrownsTown says: Sep 14, 2012 12:02 PM

    In other news, Brady Hoke will be making an appearance at Red Lobster for their AYCE shrimp special.

  4. mazblast says: Sep 14, 2012 1:09 PM

    Whether he shows up or not, the Tressel haters (UM or not) will hate, the bleed-scarlet-and-grey crowd will love him. (For the record, I’m neither; I root for tOSU and never much cared for holier-than-thou Tressel)

    He DID own UM while he coached the Buckeyes, and he DID lie to his school and the NCAA, something I’m sure his close friend and next door neighbor Jesus did not approve of. Take your pick as to which is the real Tressel.

    My guess is that he says he’ll show up, but perhaps back out at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict or some such. If he does appear with the ’02 team, give him his ovation, Buckeye fans–but remember the disrepute he brought upon the university later.

  5. sparty0n says: Sep 14, 2012 1:11 PM

    This will be great. Hoke’s team that was all hype in pre-season will be disappointed to only have 5, 6 maybe 7 wins at most, when they visit (and lose) in Columbus. Then they get to witness this. What a great finish to the season for them!

  6. bigbenh8tr says: Sep 14, 2012 1:19 PM

    “greatest rivalry in all of sports”

    I know its a long series with and this has always been the saying for these 2 teams squaring off, but it simply isn’t even a top 3 rivalry in college football anymore, so can we please stop calling it the greatest in all of sports?

    I would rather watch:
    Notre Dame vs USC
    Clemson vs South Carolina
    Alabama vs Auburn
    Oklahoma vs Texas (not as relevant anymore)
    Georgia vs Florida
    Georgia vs Georgia Tech

  7. effosugoblue says: Sep 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    @Steetletnation, If you want to talk about the past, try this:

    Series record
    Michigan leads, 58–43–6

    National Championships
    Michigan 11, OSU 7

    Any questions?

  8. florida727 says: Sep 14, 2012 1:53 PM

    “greatest rivalry in all of sports”

    JT, love you like a brother, but seriously, in ALL of sports? Hmm…

    Yankees – Red Sox
    Celtics – Lakers
    Canadiens – Maple Leafs
    Packers – Bears (although it pains me to mention this one after last night)
    Jack – Arnie
    Connors – McEnroe
    Yale – Harvard (two schools I couldn’t get into once they found out I couldn’t spell their names)
    Cowboys – Redskins

    And this is without even beginning to list other college football rivalries.

  9. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 14, 2012 2:39 PM

    A few observations:

    No ceremony would be complete without JT. The opinion of his motives related to the ‘scandal’ is largely irrelevant. In the eyes of Buckeye Nation he is neither Saint nor Sinner; he is both–as we all are.

    I think it’s cute when the fans of ttun reach waaaaay back into the history books to pull out their stats (overall record and Nat’l championships). In the famous words of Janet: ‘What have you done for me lately?’

    The greatest rivaly in all of sports is not measured by popularity, age or passion-but all those things combined. I understand why people do not agree that this is the greatest rivalry-prolly cause they are not a part of it-and they are entitled to their opinion. The FACT remains that tOSU is the most popular cf team in the country and ttun is our greatest rival. Follow the logic.

  10. cjmoderator says: Sep 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan…the whole state of Michigan…the whole state of Michigan!!!

  11. WingT says: Sep 14, 2012 2:56 PM

    Just curious, did Tressel ever lose a game to Michigan? Were the games ever close in score?

  12. therealgts says: Sep 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    Completely agree with the above statements. Tressel did a hell of a job at tOSU. He deserves to be recognized. It’s unfortunate that he tarnished his legacy with a poor decision. His teams were year in year out top tier. As far as this not being a top tier rivalry anymore? Yeah right. These are two of the largest fan bases on the country and are located right by each other with kids from both states crossing lines. Some of the other ones listed in college football aren’t even on the national radar. #goblue

  13. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 14, 2012 3:49 PM


    Yes, he lost his second game to them. The Carr games were fairly close (The Game of the Century was a three point differential), but the RR years were mostly blow-outs.

    He lost only once to them. The Fickell squad was very close to winning the game last year (about 18 inches close-Brax to Posey late in the fourth- just oversthrown a bit). I love how feisty they have gotten over beating the weakest Buckeye team to take the field in two decades. Like I said, I think it’s cute.

  14. bigbuckeye76 says: Sep 14, 2012 5:14 PM

    11 National Championships…really.

    What a joke. Try 3 NC’s…..or 2.5 to be more specific. Spare me your self apointed titles.

    How many Heisman’s does UM have? How about Academic All Americans?

    Can’t wait to stop in to the trophy room tomorrow and look at our Crystal Football on the way to the game.

    Maybe you can do the same…..not sure how close you live to Lincoln though..

  15. effosugoblue says: Sep 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    Based on your math, you stole 1 on the back of the worst non call in history!! Therefore, you have none.

  16. wvucolumbus says: Sep 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    I live in Columbus. There is NO way this is “one of the greatest rivalries in sports”. Hell, OSU fans were supporting Michigan against Alabama a few weeks back “because they’re in our conference”.

    Gimme a break. A rivalry is a rivalry. You hate them ALL the time. Do you honestly think Auburn would cheer for Alabama? Notre Dame for SC? Red Sox for Yankees? Duke for UNC?


  17. pfitz2 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:07 PM

    Based on your math, you stole 1 on the back of the worst non call in history!! Therefore, you have none.

    Actually, there was a call: PI

  18. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Sep 14, 2012 8:25 PM


    There is a significant portion of the fanbase who lives outside of Columbus and the state of Ohio.

    The SEC conference mentality has infiltrated our football conscience a bit with so much emphasis on which one is superior–dont get confused, though. Those unfortunate souls you thought were rooting for the maize and spew were actually rooting for the B1G.

    And, to answer your question, yes I do believe Alabama would root for Auburn and vice-versa. I live in the south and have experienced each of those schools pulling for the other in the MNC–so I dont just think, I know. In fact, SEC school-fans ROUTINELY pull for ANY SEC school who is playing out of conference.

    Just because you live in Columbus, dont presume to know what it is to be a Buckeye fan.

  19. thraiderskin says: Sep 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    @WVUColumbus…. yes… the SEC always cheers for an SEC team versus another conference. Also, from my personal experience(sugar bowl Jan 2011), they constantly chant S.E.C. during those games, even over their own team’s name.

  20. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2012 11:15 PM

    You know what…

    SCREW you false Go Blue Fans.

    Screw you OSU fans who THINK you know what’s up.

    The VEST typified true coaching skill and profiiciency. A few tatoos… separated him from the legacy he deserves!

    I’d much rather have THE VEST on the opposing field… than Meyer the devious and unscrupulous.

    Jim Tressel has my deepest respect.

    GO BLUE!!! and kick Meyers undeserved Buck-nut BUTT!!!

  21. onbucky96 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:38 AM

    Class. Honor. Integrity. These thing Jim Tressel is not. He lied to investigstors @ Youngstown State and did the same thing @Ohio St. Drop dead cheater. Hey, btw, how’s Pryor coming along on his degree…

  22. bigmike0128 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:22 AM

    As a person who grew up in Toledo, one of the best 50/50 cities for the rivalry, who now lives in Michigan, I am a fan of tOSU. As both of my daughters are tUM fanes, sorry couldn’t convince them of their errors, I have always said tUM could win all of there games but 1.

    In the bowl season first root for your team and then root for your conference.
    My daughters follow this example as well.

    One daughter went to tUM for graduate school and she tried to convince classmates of this policy as well with some success.

    So we all watch THE GAME together in late November and always have fun no matter who wins or loses.

    Go Bucks

  23. johntithof says: Sep 15, 2012 2:47 PM


  24. dkhhuey says: Sep 19, 2012 11:30 AM

    I hope Tressel shows up for that event because he has certainly earned the right to be there. Without The Vest, there would not have been a National Championship to celebrate. The man made a huge mistake and paid for it accordingly. All of that does not change anything that happened out here in the Fiesta Bowl game against the U.

    It’s 8:30am (MST) and Michigan still sucks – Hoke is still fat!

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