According to The Columbus Dispatch, longtime Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has resigned. This news isn’t all that surprising due to everything that has happened in the past few months, but it is surprising that it’s happening now. According to the Dispatch, assistant coach Luke Finkell, who was tapped to be the head coach while Tressel was serving his 5-game suspension, will serve as interim head coach for the entire year.
Here’s a memo that OSU’s President Gordon Gee sent out to trustees that was obtained by the Dispatch:
“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.”
Now the Urban Meyer to Ohio State speculation gets to fester for an entire football season.