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Jim Tressel doesn’t foresee a return to coaching

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For those of you pining away for a return of The Sweatervest to a college sideline near you, you’re likely going to be very disappointed with the following development.

Speaking to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday, Jim Tressel stated that while he “did it for 38 years and enjoyed every minute of it,” he does not see himself ever again returning to the coaching profession.

“I do not wake up in the morning and say I wish I was coaching,” Tressel told the paper. “Sometimes I read the paper and say I am glad I am not coaching. But on Saturdays or Sunday afternoons during playoff games it is exciting and I may yell ‘Call a time out!’ But I do not foresee any interest in coaching. I have got more important things to do. Not that it (coaching) is unimportant.”

Currently, Tressel is a finalist to become the president at both Akron and Youngstown State. He has served as the executive vice president for student success at the former school the past two years, his first foray back into the college world after he was unceremoniously dumped as Ohio State’s head coach on Memorial Day in 2011.

Tressel was given a five-year show-cause in connection to the impermissible benefits scandal that cost the Buckeye football program scholarships and a bowl banand Tressel his squeaky-clean reputation. According to the Plain Dealer, that show-cause from the NCAA expires Dec. 19, 2016, at which time Tressel would have turned 64 just a couple of weeks before.

Since his dismissal, Tressel has not been a part of the coaching profession, although he did spend the 2011 season as a consultant to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

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11 Responses to “Jim Tressel doesn’t foresee a return to coaching”
  1. MasMacho says: May 6, 2014 11:54 AM

    We miss the vest.

    Despite a flawed narrative (witch-hunt) about his tenure at tOSU, he has continued undaunted in his quest develop inner city kids, mostly with great success.

    There are always the Ray Small’s of the world (losers), but there are also always the Beanie Wells’ (never been in trouble), and the Troy Smith’s/Maurice Clarett’s (learned from their troubles).

    Nobody wins them all, but bless this many for dedicating his life to trying.

  2. Deb says: May 6, 2014 1:16 PM

    Nearly 40 years of coaching would take its toll, and perhaps that’s why he fumbled his handling of the Pryor situation. But one misstep can’t erase a lifetime of solid work. It’s good to see he has a healthy perspective and is looking forward to new challenges. I wish him all the best.

  3. florida727 says: May 6, 2014 2:47 PM

    I’m with Deb on this one. I’m not an Ohio State fan, but this guy always came across as a class act to me, and I’m choosing not to let a misstep or two change my opinion of him. It’s clear that though most know him as a football coach, he’s done a heck of a lot more away from football than he ever did within football. Football was just his platform, and all things considered, I’d say he used it well. Good luck, Coach, in whatever ventures you delve into going forward.

  4. cranespy says: May 6, 2014 5:49 PM

    A misstep or two……..rigging a prize drawing so blue chip recruits can WIN instead of kids…….this man is pathological…..he believes that he can explain away each little misstep. He just doesn’t get the fact that the man in the mirror is a cheat….a liar….a man of no character.

  5. dumbpollack says: May 6, 2014 6:18 PM

    I have and will always be in that mans corner.

  6. onbucky96 says: May 6, 2014 6:39 PM

    A misstep or two? Sorry, but he had several missteps at OSU and missteps at Youngstown St.

  7. derekgorgonstar says: May 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    dirty cheater, just like the current coach

  8. coolhorn46 says: May 6, 2014 7:48 PM

    Life works this way…you make a mistake, an error in judgment, or even knowingly do wrong, you get caught and suffer the consequences, you learn not to do those things again.

    I suspect there’d be very few folks around if we executed everybody that screws up once or more. Tressel looked the other way concerning the violation of some NCAA rules. He didn’t kill anybody, run a Ponzi scheme, abuse any children, rob any convenience stores… Yeah, he could have made some smarter decisions, but then, so could I, and you sometimes.

    I don’t have a dog in this hunt. I’m not a tOSU fan, a B1G fan, and not even particularly a Tressel fan, but he’s paid a steep price for his bad choices, and frankly, I think he should be allowed to do whatever he wants, within reason. If he pursues a college administration job, I hope he gets it. If he decides to get back into coaching, I hope he gets the chance. I figure he has a pretty good idea of what not to do after these last several years, and I know that he knows what to do to put a winning product on the field.

  9. planecrashguy says: May 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    I’m not a Tressel fan, but if he wanted to return to coaching for the 16/17 season, there would be a number of schools waiting in line to talk to him.

  10. basebuck says: May 7, 2014 7:26 AM

    Tressel is a good man! He is not a fake and will do great things above and beyond what he did in coaching. We were proud to have him represent us at The Ohio State University!

  11. outlaw53 says: May 7, 2014 10:59 AM

    OK…so I’m reading comments on a “flawed narrative” or a “simple misstep” regarding Jim Tressel and I mean…are you folks kidding? This man lied ( repeatedly ) to NCAA investigators, the university staff, the student body, and to the athletes who believed his contrived storyline. He could have followed his own published ideals and told the truth…but then an assortment of his own players would not have been available for the National Championship game ( which he lost to LSU…even after they spotted him 10 points ). Tressel wrangled the system for his own glory in direct opposition to his stated ideals of “fair play”. He violated the very system of honesty he touted so loudly….until he was caught. Coaches are hired to not only win games…but to teach the values of the University. He failed miserably in his appointed task.

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