Deposed coach makes debut on Cleveland TV

Associated Press Published: October 4, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: If you ever watched a lengthy Jim Tressel news conference, then you probably never envisioned him as a sparkly TV personality.

Now, despite his stiff delivery, propensity for circular logic and love for high-minded coaching maxims, that's precisely what he is. Tressel is doing a short, weekly segment on WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

He speaks about teamwork and selfless effort in a clearly scripted 2 minutes. There is no mention of his being forced out at Ohio State for knowing about likely NCAA violations but still sending his star players out on the field in 2010.

Tressel has moved on, of course. He's now being paid $200,000 a year to work with students at the University of Akron in a non-athletic position. He is not permitted to do any coaching because he's still serving a five-year "show cause" — the most severe penalty the NCAA can levy on a coach. The NCAA called him dishonest and untruthful in its final report on the Ohio State situation, and he is not allowed to coach at any NCAA institution unless the school that hires him presents a case for why it should hire him.

Ohio State is still dealing with the scorched earth he left behind — NCAA probation, a bowl ban after this season, vacating the 2010 season, a return of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bowl revenue and numerous other matters.

WKYC says Tressel will speak about the subjects he wrote about in several of his books: faith, integrity, honesty and ethics.

To see the video: http://on.wkyc.com/SI2f4d

JUST SO YOU KNOW: It was announced on Thursday that the TicketCity Bowl will now be called The Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The game will be played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013.

The game will pit teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten in 2013, and the Big Ten and Conference USA in 2014.

QUOTABLE: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini played at Ohio State in 1986-90 and was a captain. He was asked the last time he had been in Ohio Stadium.

"I don't know," he said. "It was a long, long time ago."

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