Ohio State announced on Monday morning that head coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation into rules violations by several players.
The Columbus Dispatch first reported Tressel's resignation.
“After meeting with University officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach," Tressel said in a statement on Monday morning. "The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”
The NCAA suspended five Ohio State players in December after it was revealed they sold or traded uniforms and memorabilia to a Columbus tattoo parlor.
Tressel got into trouble when it was revealed that he knew about the improper benefits and did not tell the university.
Apparently, the building pressure of the scandal was too much for Tressel to overcome.
The five players were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl in January. The players will not play in the first five games of the 2011 season. Tressel was originally suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season, but instead asked to be suspended for the first five games.
“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,” Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said in a statement. “The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions.”
Ohio State announced that assistant Luke Fickell will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-12 season.
Tressel was 106-22 in 10 seasons at Ohio State, including the 2002 national title and seven Big Ten championships.
Here is a video from Ohio State AD Gene Smith addressing the resignation of Tressel.