Jim Tressel Returns To Ohio State Saturday

By Will Wilson

Fans at The Shoe will see a very familiar face on Saturday when Ohio State takes on Michigan.

Jim Tressel, the man who led them to the 2002 national championship and who was perceived as a god in Columbus during his tenure will return to the Buckeye state. He’s also the man that had a large hand in Ohio State getting in trouble with the NCAA and an eventual post-season ban.

It’s Tressel’s first public appearance since resigning from the Buckeyes on Memorial Day in 2011.

It will be interesting to see how the fans react to Tressel. The Buckeye faithful are one of the most passionate fan bases in all of college sports and hold their football team to a high standard, interm coach or not in 2011. Will they show remorse or will they welcome him back with open arms?

The 2002 national championship team will be honored on the field during Saturday’s game, with a large amount of former Buckeyes expected to return for the ceremony. It’s hard to see the fans not embracing their former coach and man who was such a huge part of that programs history.

The Buckeyes will also be wearing special uniforms against the Wolverines. They unveiled the new look during a pep rally at the student union on Monday night. The look will honor the 1968 team, featuring chrome helmets with a large scarlet stripe. They also have reflective gray numbers and seven Buckeye leaves on the back collar.

Tressel may witness his former squad finish the season undefeated and unranked in the BCS if they beat Michigan, partially because of him.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

Follow Will on Twitter: @GoPackGo1

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