Columbusfirst broke out the story that embattled Ohio State football coach tendered his resignation Monday morning.
Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee announced Tressel's departure in a memo obtained from the Columbus Dispatch,
"Today, the University is announcing Jim Tressel's resignation as head coach of the University's football program."
Jim Tresel said in a release statement, "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."
More than two months ago President E. Gordon Gee and Athletic DirectorSmith assured Tressel of their support on the pending NCAAA Football diciplinary hearing.
Jim Tressel was under investigation conniving its players in selling memorabilia. It begun on December when six Buckeye's players were suspended by the NCAA for selling or trading uniforms and other memorabilia to a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.
With new revelation of the NCAA hearing, growing pressure filed so fast on Ohio State officials allowing the Buckeye coach as the scapegoat. Although university officials wouldn't confirm that Tressel was asked to resign.
Luke Fickell will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 football season, source said.
Jim Tressel leaves Ohio State with an impressive coaching resume of 106-22 record, having led the school to its fifth national title and runs of Big Ten championships and total domination over archrival Michigan. His winning percentage of .828 the most in any college football coach. Jim Tressel will be missed by the buckeye nation.