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Jim Tressel returns to Ohio State this weekend


Greg Bartram – US Presswire


The 2002 national champion Ohio State Buckeyes team will be having a reunion this weekend in Columbus. Jim Tressel will be attending the event and the Buckeyes game on Saturday against the Michigan Wolverines, and figures to get a somewhat mixed reaction from the Ohio State fans.

The Buckeyes, of course, are undefeated this season, but have no shot at playing for a national title thanks in part to the actions of Tressel. He resigned last year in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the NCAA into several of his players. Tressel received emails detailing that five players received improper benefits and discounted tattoos, but he failed to report the information to the NCAA and told them he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by his players. The Buckeyes ultimately were handed down sanctions that included a 2012 bowl ban.

Safety Orhian Johnson said this week that Tressel should be praised for all he has done for the school, and he may have a point. Tressel restored the Buckeyes to a nation powerhouse during his tenure as coach and delivered the program its first national title in 34 years. On the other hand, he may have cost them a shot at one this season. Athletic director Gene Smith indicated that he felt like Tressel may hear some negative comments from certain fans, but that shouldn’t overshadow what he did in 2002.

It’s hard to say whether Tressel will be cheered or booed this weekend, but one thing is for sure, everyone in Columbus will have an opinion.

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