Few would argue that Jim Tressel was one of the top coaches in college football up until the time he resigned from his position, perhaps with no other choice. Tressel took Ohio State to three BCS championship games, winning one, and took control of the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan in short time. A career record of 229-79-2, six Big Ten championships and four 1-AA national championships tends to speak for itself.
Tressel was a college football man. Of course, he still is, but with the NCAA imposing a five-year show cause penalty on Tressel the possibility of Tressel returning to the sidelines again may have been diminished to the point of no return. Any school that would take a chance in hiring Tressel would risk a chance of receiving severe penalties if Tressel were to commit any infractions. At age 59, Tressel realizes that his coaching days may be over and he seems OK with that.