Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The sudden (if not entirely unexpected) resignation of Jim Tressel this morning has left the college football world stunned. Here is the full text of Ohio State's press release announcing Tressel's decision and the appointment of 2011 interim head football coach Luke Fickell:
Smith will reportedly be making a statement within the next couple of hours as rumors swirl about the timing of the resignation. Check Eye on CFB and our Twitter feed for updates throughout the day.
The Ohio State University announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Jim Tressel as head coach of its football program. Luke Fickell will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 football season. Recruitment for a new head coach - which is expected to include external and internal candidates - will not commence until the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season.
"In consultation with the senior leadership of the Board of Trustees, I have been actively reviewing matters attendant to our football program, and I have accepted Coach Tressel's resignation," said President E. Gordon Gee. "The University's enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions."
Jim Tressel said, "After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach. The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable."
Athletics Director Gene Smith said, "We look forward to refocusing the football program on doing what we do best - representing this extraordinary University and its values on the field, in the classroom, and in life. We look forward to supporting Luke Fickell in his role as our football coach. We have full confidence in his ability to lead our football program."