Multiple media outlets are now reporting that Jim Tressel has resigned as head coach at Ohio State.
School President E. Gordon Gee sent a memo to the Ohio State Board of Trustees announcing the move. There is an undercurrent in the memo that suggest that at the least the school quickly accepted the resignation, and perhaps even pushed Tressel in that direction.
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,"
Ohio State will appoint assistant coach Luke Fickell interim Head Coach for the entire 2011 season. Tressel leaves Ohio State with an 82% winninger percentage, a National Championship and a 9-1 record against hated rival Michigan. He also leaves the Buckeyes dealing with an ongoing NCAA investigation into a perceived "Lack of Institutional Control," in the program. The school will appear before a NCAA disciplinary hearing this summer.