One year ago today, Jim Tressel resigned from Ohio State University amid investigation of NCAA violations. His resignation was the start of several months of negative events for OSU.
In July, the team vacated its 2010 season. In September, several Ohio State players were suspended for the start of the football season. In October, it was revealed that several players were overpaid by a booster and they were suspended. In November, Ohio State's football team finished the regular season with a 6-6 record, its lowest amount of wins since 1999.
In December, the NCAA announced that the Buckeyes would receive a one-year bowl game ban and lose nine scholarships over three years. Tressel was also hit with a five-year show clause, which basically stops him from coaching in college football. Ohio State's season ended in a 24-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida and the team had its first losing record since 1988.
Speaking to the Cleveland Plain Dealer this week, Tressel said he's not disappointed or mad at how his Ohio State career ended.
"I just don't feel that way," Tressel told reporter Doug Lesmerises. "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."
In 10 years with Ohio State, Tressel won six Big Ten titles and 2002 national championship. He beat Michigan eight times, the second-most in school history behind Woody Hayes' 16. Tressel's teams won 81 percent of the games he coached, tying his for the second-best win percentage in school history.
Tressel, now an administrator at the University of Akron, said in the interview he hopes to "reconnect" with Ohio State at some point.
"Time has to take care of some things," Tressel said. "But I hope to live long enough to have a great career at the University of Akron and then enjoy that recognition of every place I've been."
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