An era is over at Ohio State and, if we're honest, in the Big Ten. How that era will be judged is still to be determined.
ESPN reported early this morning that Jim Tressel has resigned from his head coaching position at Ohio State. Tressel said in a statement this morning that "After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach."
And so it ends.
If you're a Michigan fan it's hard not to have conflicting feelings about this. Sure you're immediately happy that the Vest is gone. No matter how naive or prone to give the benefit of the doubt to someone you are, you knew there was always something shady going on in Columbus. But there's also the feeling that Michigan let Tressel get away unscathed. For all the chest thumping about the coming revival, Tressel departs THE GAME with a 9-1 record in ten seasons. Michigan never had the chance to pay him back for the last three years of throttlings we received under Rodriguez. And that burns a tad.
Tressel leaves Ohio Statewith a 106-22 record, a national championship in 2002, seven Big Ten championships, including the past six. His run in the Big Ten is arguably one of the most dominant stretches the Conference has ever seen, and you have to look long and hard to find a former player not named Ray Small who will say a bad word about him. But you won't have to look too far to find an opponent who will.
In a way it's fitting. The end of an era at Ohio State ushers in a new one for the Big Ten. We'll see how history looks back on it's start.