Embattled Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has resigned his job.
Tressel who has come under fire for lying to NCAA Investigators about his knowledge of players selling memorabilia for money, has been on the job for years.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, assistant coach Luke Fickell will be the interim coach for the season this year.
Here's the whole story from the Columbus DIspatch RIGHT HERE
The Dispatch got a hold of a memo from OSU Chancellor Gordon Gee sent to trustees this morning:
"I write to let you know that later this morning we will be announcing the resignation of Jim Tressel as the 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 the 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."
So we guess that means Tressel won't be firing Gee as Gee alluded to in a press conference when the allegations first surfaced.
And. Reports are circulating that Tressel returned last night from a Florida trip and handed in the resignation letter early this morning.
**UPDATE*--9:48 am-- Tressel released a statement on the Ohio State website. "After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach. The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immesurable."
The temperature is getting hot in Columbus. Tattoo parlor owner Edward Rife, involved with the players who sold their rings, was Federally indicted last week. Also last week, the OSU Student paper published an interview with former player Ray Small who essentially confirmed everything previously reported about the program including the allegations of the car salesman helping cutting deals.
Tressel is essentially falling on the sword here. The NCAA investigation will continue, but this should lessen some of the severity. Yes, the program will survive and the rampant rumors that Urban Meyer will be stepping in as the 2012 coach will inevitably start increasing.....right about....NOW.
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