Tressel, currently the president of Youngstown State University. coached the Buckeyes from 2001 to 2010, leading the team to a 94–21 record with nine bowl appearances (seven BCS games), six Big Ten titles and a national championship in 2002. That national championship secured the Big Ten’s first consensus national title since 1968 and made Ohio State the first Division I-A school to record a 14–0 season.
Ohio State also made national championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007 under Tressel.
Tressel resigned in May 2011 after a NCAA investigation found Ohio State players had a financial agreement with the owner of a local tattoo parlor in Columbus, Ohio. As part of the sanctions it levied on Ohio State, the NCAA imposed a five-year show-cause penalty on Tressel, meaning that any NCAA school that subsequently hired him could face severe penalties if additional violations arose. Tressel’s show-cause penalty stands until December 2016.
In May 2014, Youngstown State hired Tressel as university president.
Over his 24 seasons as a head coach, which also includes a stint at Youngstown State from 1986 to 2000, Tressel is 229–78–2.
The 14 new members of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted at a dinner on Sept. 18 and introduced at halftime of OSU’s Sept. 19 game against Northern Illinois.
- Mike Fiammetta