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Tressel Resigns Under A Cloud; Luke Fickell Will Handle Head Coaching Job In 2011

Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel resigned on Monday as the program continues to be under scrutiny involving a number of issues.

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"In consultation with the senior leadership of the Board of Trustees, I have been actively reviewing matters attendant to our football program, and I have accepted Coach Tressel's resignation," said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. "The University's enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions."

With the Buckeyes less than 100 days from the start of the 2011 season, the time to get past this will be as soon as possible.

"After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach," Tressel said. "The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable."

Ohio State's Athletic Director tried to put the best spin possible on the situation:

"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," Ohio State AD Gene Smith said. "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."

There will no doubt be much more to this story. Stay tuned.

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