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Jim Tressel: coach, front office employee, and now, TV personality

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Jim Tressel‘s been a busy man since being fired “resigning” from Ohio State in 2011 for lying about/ failing to report Tattoogate. Earlier this year, he became the University of Akron’s new vice president of strategic engagement, a position that was created for him. Now, he’s joining WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland as a special contributor for a weekly segment called “A Moment With Jim Tressel,” which sounds about as Dr. Lou-ish as it comes.

“Jim’s national championships as head football coach at Ohio State and Youngstown State universities are well-known to all, but his motivational speeches and best-selling books will be the basis of our ‘A Moment with Jim Tressel.’ ” Channel 3′s president and general manager Brooke Spectorsky said in a statement.

“Jim motivates with passion but leads with compassion,” added Virgil Dominic, Channel 3′s interim news director, “We envision a weekly segment that takes daily news stories and makes them teachable moments.”

And if anybody knows anything about teachable moments — like what lying to the NCAA can do for your coaching career — it’s Tressel.

(Hat tip: Cleveland Plain-Dealer) 

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20 Responses to “Jim Tressel: coach, front office employee, and now, TV personality”
  1. MasMacho says: Oct 2, 2012 11:45 AM

    The cynicism here is very hard to appreciate. He made a mistake (and so have you.) He paid the price. He moved on. So should you.

  2. blitz4848 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:18 PM

    Jim “who?”

  3. takingbovadasmoney says: Oct 2, 2012 12:29 PM

    @masmacho If he made the mistake once and learned from it, I’d agree. But he violated rules at Youngstown and Ohio State. He deserves all of this and more.

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 2, 2012 12:53 PM

    I appreciate all that Tressel did for Ohio State, but when it most counted to do the right thing, he failed. He was obviously a very good coach, but he needed to be a better man. I do not blame Tressel alone for what happened with the tattoo thing, but he deserves the most. If he is trying to move on, then great, but Buckeye fans should show reserved gratitude at the most.

  5. trinityeagle says: Oct 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    The problem with Tressel is that constantly spoke of doing the right thing. He wrote books about having more moral character and Christianity. Then he cheated at his own profession and tried to cover it up. While no one is innocent of sin, you do need to hold yourself to a higher standard if you intend to tell others that you do it all the right way.

  6. sparky151 says: Oct 2, 2012 4:01 PM

    If it’s a question of who has more integrity, Tressel or the NCAA, that’s an easy win for Tressel. The NCAA rule he’s accused of letting his players break doesn’t comply with Ohio law. OSU has no authority to tell any student, including athletes, what to do with their personal property. Most people in Ohio are well aware of that and still respect Tressel. He’s also of course quite popular for winning OSU’s last national title and 6 straight Big Ten titles too.

  7. whoisedgy says: Oct 2, 2012 4:46 PM

    Jim Tressel regrets getting caught; he doesn’t regret the cheating.

    It’s a sad commentary on all of us when we look to a chronic cheater (YSU and OSU) for motivational wisdom. Shame on WKYC.

  8. orangeclipper says: Oct 2, 2012 6:21 PM

    Great choice. RIGHT> He should not be in such a high profile position

  9. kozbee says: Oct 2, 2012 6:39 PM

    His players cheated as did tressel to cover for these players.IMO he is unworthy to even be or allowed anything as to do with college.We all know its going to be about sports maybe football and whoever hired him must be a close friend to create a job for such an AZZ imo.Maybe when he gets his new office they can hang the name on the door TATTOO.

    A moment with Jim Tressel,pardon me while i puke..

  10. glestonsimmons says: Oct 2, 2012 7:26 PM

    More proof that cheaters usually win. Corruption, morality, and fraud THE ohio state university way.

    Buckeye apologists, continued great success in your hypocrisy! What’s worse? That you make excuses for this guy, your school, and your program because of your wasted egos and hubris? Or that you are stupid and naive enough to believe him? I’m sure there’s more than enough of both.

    Say hello to your EGG for us—THE Elwood G. Gee.

  11. calvinisthobbesian says: Oct 2, 2012 8:08 PM

    Tressel never paid a price for lying to his president at Youngstown State about interviewing his star quarterback about under the table payments from the chair of the board of trustees.By the time the NCAA found out it was too late to do much of anything.OSU knew this when they hired him.I’ve always figured that he thought because the consequences were so small at Youngstown State,he could get away with it at Ohio State. Thus he actually made two mistakes and the price he paid includes a golden parachute from OSU,a cushy Akron job and now a tv show.If he showed the least bit of remorse and humility,I might be able to think he’d learned something,but he won’t even talk about Youngstown State.And,by the way,anybody who is interested in “life lessons” taught by a tv foof from news stories needs help.

  12. cranespy says: Oct 2, 2012 8:58 PM

    It isn’t about Tatoo Gate it’s about integrity…..something The Vest spoke about quite frequently. One need look no further than the portion of the SI article that recounted his “fixing” of the football camp awards so they could be won by the 4 and 5 star recruits…not by the young campers who idolized them. The man got what he deserved for screwing over young boys. Not near as heinous as Sandusky but sickening nonetheless.

  13. philliephaninva says: Oct 2, 2012 10:23 PM

    Keep looking over your shoulder, Jim. Karma is coming up fast.

  14. dmvtransplant says: Oct 3, 2012 9:00 AM

    Why not OSU let him teach a class while he was a coach, tv doesn’t seem that far off the mark. The only down side I see is it’s in Cleveland.

  15. Jim says: Oct 3, 2012 11:32 AM

    What a ridiculous and sad commentary reflecting much more on the writer than on Jim Tressel.

    NBC Sports just dropped a notch in the world of sports reporting.

  16. mfoster1961 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:15 PM

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…..man, Mr. Kercheval, you must be a saint! You must have the perfect life…..helping little old ladies across the street……giving plenty of money and food to the poor….rescuing cats from trees……laying your coat down over a puddle for a lady…..yea….and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you too….hypocrite…..

  17. dkhhuey says: Oct 3, 2012 1:21 PM

    Good for Jimmy T!

    He is a good man that did a lot of great things for a lot of people throughout his life. He also made a very very very bad decision and paid a quite a large price for doing so. He deserved the penalty for what he did but he also deserves a second chance!

  18. dkhhuey says: Oct 3, 2012 1:22 PM

    @glest – WAH

  19. buckinaydano says: Oct 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    nice hit piece cynical guy… we all love YOUR president too…. Bad he’s going to be gone in January

  20. tomgreg2008 says: Oct 4, 2012 9:06 PM

    Tressel should be in jail with all the other peds

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