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NCAA investigation leads to Tressel's resignation
Friends and fans react to the Memorial Day announcement that Ohio State University football coach will step down

Tim Rudell
Jim Tressel resigned Monday due to mounting pressure following a cover-up of NCAA violations involving the sale of memorabilia by five top players last year. Tressel led the Buckeyes from 2001 - 2011.
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The big name coach of one of college football’s storied programs has resigned.  Ohio State’s Jim Tressel bowed to increasing pressure from a growing investigation into NCAA rules violations, and a possible cover-up.  

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They call him Mr. Rogers, for the sweater vests and ties; and Mr. Clean for his do-it-right style…but JimTressel certainly fell from grace in recent months.  As head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes he led the program out of troubled times, to seven Big-Ten titles and a national championship in the last ten years. But in March word came that five of his star players got gifts and money in violation of NCAA rules.  More damaging was that Tressel knew and didn’t report it. Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist Terry Pluto has known Tressel for twenty five years. He says it was the cover up that led Tressell to finally to give in to pressure to resign. 

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith talked about the resignation shortly after Tressel announced it to morning meeting of his team. 

John Rogers and Tony Viscomi are Ohio State fans out planting petunias today as part of a Memorial Day spruce up project in West Akron.  When Rogers hears the Tressel news from Viscomi he stands up and wipes his forehead, then says he thinks Jim Tressel was just keeping things going for his team…and trying to keep the Buckeyes on top… 

Viscomi kneels and begins popping the little plastic flower pots from a tray. He says that while Tressel was just “protecting his boys.” He still broke the rules….  

Luke Fickle, the Buckeyes co- defensive coordinator played for Ohio State just four years before Tressel became head coach in 2001.  He willl now take over as interim head coach.  Athletic Director Gene Smith says the search for a permanent replacement for Jim Tressel won’t be considered until after the 2011 season.  For Ohio Public Radio I’m Tim Rudell.

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