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Jim Tressel finally emerges

By Marla Published: June 4, 2011

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel finally emerged from his Upper Arlington home Saturday evening in response to a rally of about 200 supporters at his doorstep.

According to the Associated Press, after the crowd sang a disparaging song about arch-rival Michigan, Tressel responded, ''Don't forget: Nov. 27th we're going to kick their ass!"

 The group walked a half-mile in 90-degree heat from a nearby park to the Tressels' home, according to the AP. Tressel was forced to resign Monday for his cover-up of improper benefits received by his players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

According to the AP, the supporters cheered, sang the alma mater and held up signs that said, "You're in Our Prayers," "We Support You, Jim!" and "We Love You, Coach Tressel." He and his wife Ellen posed for pictures, shook hands and thanked the fans for coming.

"We're going to be Buckeyes for life," Tressel said, his arm around his wife, according to AP. "What's that old saying? Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead."



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