Whether you love, hate or are indifferent about Ohio State Buckeyes football, the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Youngstown Boys likely has something to offer. It tells a story of two important figures who embodied the good, bad and ugly of college football culture. The film examines the story of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and running back Maurice Clarett. Both men have roots in Youngstown—hence the title—and together they played a major role in the Buckeyes’ first championship in 34 years in 2002. Tressel came to Ohio State after a successful but tainted tenure at Youngstown State in 2000. He quickly guided the Buckeyes to the top of the college football landscape. In just his second year as head coach, the Buckeyes beat the heavily favored Miami Hurricanes to win the national championship. For the next nine years, Tressel guided the Buckeyes to success. He amassed the third-most wins of any coach in Buckeyes history, but his failure to notify the school of NCAA violations involving Ohio State football players led to his suspension and subsequent departure from the school. In 2002 when the Buckeyes were having their magical 14-0 season, Clarett was a freshman running back who was taking the nation by storm. He ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns that season, but NCAA violations squashed his sophomore season. He unsuccessfully tried to challenge the NFL’s early-entrant laws after receiving his punishment for the…
Former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel still isn’t allowed on a college sideline, but the NCAA doesn’t forbid him from stepping into the classroom.
Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is teaching a fall semester course at the University of Akron. Tressel, who has an administrative position at the school, will teach ”General Principles of Coaching” this fall with former Zips coach Jim Dennison. The three-credit course will be open to Akron students and the general public. Dennison was Akron’s coach when Tressel was hired as an assistant in 1974. Tressel was forced to resign at Ohio State in 2011 amid a scandal involving several players. He spent 10 years as coach of the Buckeyes, winning a national title in 2002. Tressel became Akron’s vice president of strategic engagement in 2012. In a release from the school, Tressel is referred to as the school’s Vice President for Student Success. As one of the conditions of a show-cause sanction by the NCAA, Tressel was banned from coaching for five years.
Yesterday, University of Akron President Luis Proenza announced yesterday that he is stepping down. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is rumored to be a possible replacement. Proenza will continue through June, then …
This tattoo was sent out by Maurice Clarett on his Instagram account. (and no it’s not Clarett’s arm) Does anyone know who this guy is or do you have a Buckeye tattoo you’d like to show off? If so let …
The rivalry never sleeps, even in the middle of summer as the final days tick away until camp opens in August. But just in case a little offseason kick was needed to get the juices flowing for the next edition of “The Game,” BuckeyeNation and WolverineNation are teaming up for a week of content looking at some moments from the past and forecasting what will happen a few short months into the future. Today, we peek back into series history and identify some of the top heroes and villains from the blood feud.
In May, former Ohio State receiver Ray Small posted two YouTube videos apologizing to his former teammates, head coach and anyone else his actions had hurt. Small had been a major part of the scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job and Ohio State a bowl game. He was already facing drug charges from a 2012 arrest in Meigs County, Ohio.
The two most recent Ohio State head football coaches are a study. Jim Tressel, the man that led the Buckeyes to a dominant decade, did so with a fierce defense, conservative offense and a sweater vest that left fashionistas wondering what the heck he was doing. Urban Meyer’s team that went 12-0 in 2012 featured a stout defense, wide-open offense and windbreakers. Comparing the two is an interesting study, even though Meyer’s time at OSU has been limited. That single year helped prove what many believed—the man knows how to coach. Say what you will about the Buckeyes’ 2012, they were the only college football team that finished without a loss. While much of that is a credit to a stout defense led by Luke Fickell (remember him?) and the sparkling play of quarterback Braxton Miller, it is pretty obvious that Meyer has taken the magic that he had in Florida and transitioned it to Columbus. Tressel, in spite of his departure in disgrace, had a great run at the head of
COLUMBUS, Ohio — An announced crowd of 105,899 was on hand to witness Ohio State’s 26-21 win over Michigan on Nov. 24. Among those who watched the final game of the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season from inside of Ohio Stadium was the last coach to bring a perfect record to Columbus.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alabama’s 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in last night’s BCS National Championship Game gave the Crimson Tide its third national title in four years, an accomplishment that has not been lost on college football fans. But for those in Columbus, the continuation of the sport’s latest dynasty comes secondary to the Fighting Irish suffering their first defeat of the season.