Jim Tressel’s Buckeye career had two major low points: the 41-14 loss to Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, and his resignation following the tattoo scandal on Memorial Day 2011.
Tressel will be back in Columbus on Saturday for the Ohio State-Michigan game as a part of a tribute to the 2002 national championship team, where Tressel made himself a household name in college football.
While some of Tressel’s last few recruiting classes have been disappointments so far, especially the 2008 class, the current crop of seniors that were sophomores he left in the hands of Luke Fickell and then Meyer have been invaluable to the Buckeyes this year and are a huge reason why they are 11-0.
Meyer spoke on Wednesday to the media about how much the senior class led by John Simon, Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren impressed him. When they had a chance to leave Ohio State and be eligible anywhere for this season, none left.
This was before any of those seniors had suited up for Meyer, their third coach in three years at Ohio State after Tressel resigned following a 10-year tenure in Columbus.
The moment when Ohio State’s seniors could have bolted due to NCAA sanctions and didn’t resonate with Meyer and showed how loyal Simon and the seniors were to the program.
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