Ohio State University announced that football Coach Jim Tressel resigned today.
The NCAA recently suspended Coach Tressel for not reporting that players had sold memorabilia.
The school TMs student newspaper recently quoted former Ohio State player Ray Small saying, everyone was doing it on the team.
Small told the paper he sold Big Ten championship rings.
Luke Fickell will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 football season, said a press release from the university. Recruitment for a new head coach " which is expected to include external and internal candidates " will not commence until the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.
After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach, said a statement released by Tressel. The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.
We look forward to refocusing the football program on doing what we do best " representing this extraordinary University and its values on the field, in the classroom, and in life, said Athletics Director Gene Smith. We look forward to supporting Luke Fickell in his role as our football coach. We have full confidence in his ability to lead our football program.
Tressel, who was about to enter his 11th season as the Buckeyes head coach, had a winning record. He won the past six Big Ten championships, and had a 9-1 record against rival Michigan.
Michigan fans are watching this scandal closely, wondering if it will affect Ohio State to the same extent that the Fab Five scandal affected the University of Michigan.
The Fab Five were five high powered starting players, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, that played in the early nineties.
What happened during their reign lead to an investigation by the NCAA involving record payments to college athletes.
A booster accused of running an illegal gambling organization was accused of paying players hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The U-M basketball program had to forfeit parts of their seasons. The program lost scholarships and the ability to recruit. Team revenue dropped sharply. The whole program suffered.
What do you think? Will OSU TMs program fall as hard as UM after the Fab Five Scandal? How do you feel about it? Leave your comments below.