Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel has resigned, the Columbus Dispatch has reported, citing university sources.
The Dispatch obtained a memo university president E. Gordon Gee sent to OSU trustees Monday morning:
“I write to let you know that later this morning we will be announcing the resignation of Jim Tressel as head coach of the University’s football program. As you all know, I appointed a special committee to analyze and provide advice to me regarding issues attendant to our football program. In consultation with the senior leadership of the University and the senior leadership of the Board, I have been actively reviewing the matter and have accepted Coach Tressel’s resignation.
“My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout all we do, we are One University with one set of standards and one overarching mission. The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions,” Gee wrote.
Assistant coach Luke Fickell will serve as interim coach all of next season, sources said.