The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has resigned.
Tressel has been under investigation by the NCAA after some of his players were caught selling memorabilia. Tressel and five players, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended the first five game of the 2011 season.
"I write to let you know that later this morning we will be announcing the resignation of Jim Tressel as head coach of the University's football program. As you all know, I appointed a special committee to analyze and provide advice to me regarding issues attendant to our football program. In consultation with the senior leadership of the University and the senior leadership of the Board, I have been actively reviewing the matter and have accepted Coach Tressel's resignation.
"My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout all we do, we are One University with one set of standards and one overarching mission. The University's enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions," OSU President E. Gordon Gee said in a written statement.
“After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach," Tressel said in a release. "The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable."
At Ohio State, Tressel had a record of 106-22, with three BCS National Championship Game appearances. The team won the national title in 2002.
Tressel's Ohio State teams were 9-1 against rival Michigan and won seven Big Ten Conference titles.
According to the newspaper, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell will serve as the interim head coach for the entire 2011-12 season. Fickell was to serve as interim head coach during Tressel's suspension.