COLUMBUS, Ohio — The circle is complete. Jim Tressel will be talking football at Ohio State again.
Five years after his forced resignation as head coach of the Buckeyes on Memorial Day 2011, the president of Youngstown State will be back in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in April as a speaker at Ohio State’s coaches clinic.
Tressel has been around Ohio State plenty of times since his departure, but not like this.
He was honored at halftime of the Michigan game in 2012 along with the rest of the 2002 Buckeyes on the 10-year anniversary of their National Championship. Players lifted Tressel onto their shoulders.
He was there at the National Championship in Texas when the Buckeyes beat Oregon, on the field before the game as part of his election to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Then last September he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and gave a speech. But Ohio State always had some distance from those events.
The anniversary moment in 2012 was nearly required – Tressel’s absence would have drawn more attention than his presence just 17 months after he lost his job over NCAA violations.
The election to the College Football Hall of Fame that led to his time at the national title game came through a nomination by Youngstown State for the hall, not Ohio State.
Even his induction into Ohio State’s own hall of fame was governed by the Varsity O, the society of former Ohio State letterwinners that picks the Hall of Famers. The school doesn’t have any direct involvement with that.
On Tuesday morning, several Ohio State coaches on Twitter promoted the annual clinic for high school coaches that takes place around the Buckeyes spring football game. Last year, speakers included Urban Meyer’s old assistants from Florida, including Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.
This year? The highlighted speakers are former Ohio State receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter, former OSU assistant Fred Pagac who is now with the Denver Broncos and the guy who used to run the program.
The clinic runs from April 14 to 16. Jim Tressel will be back talking football at Ohio State.
— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) March 1, 2016