Born: December 5th, 1952 Mentor, OH Alma Mater: Baldwin-Wallace 1974 COACHING CAREER 1975-1978 Akron (GA) 1979-1980 Miami (OH) (QB/WR) 1981-1982 Syracuse (QB) 1983 Ohio State (QB/WR) 1984-1985 Ohio State (QB/RB/WR) 1986-2000 Youngstown State 2001-2010 Ohio State 2011 Indianapolis Colts (consultant) Head coaching record Overall 229–79–2 Bowls 5–4 Bio/Experience John Cooper was fired as Ohio State's head football coach following a loss to unranked South Carolina in the 2001 Outback Bowl, and Tressel washired to replace Cooper. While addressing the Ohio State community duringhalftime of a basketball game just after being hired as head coach, Tresseldeclared, "I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people inthe classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor,Michigan, on the football field." Tresselcoached the Buckeyes to two 19-game winning streaks, one in the 2002–2003season and the other in 2005–2006. Tressel's winning percentage at Ohio Stateof 81.0% is tied with John B.Eckstorm for the second best inschool history, behind only Carroll Widdoes' 16–2 (88.9%) mark in the 1944–1945seasons. AsOhio State's head coach, Tressel is known for a conservative style of playcalling (dubbed "Tressel-ball"), winning games with just enoughscoring, strong defense, and "playing field position." Tressel often refers to the punt asthe most important play in football. In most interviews, he credits the seniorson the team, foregoing praise for his younger players, in an attempt to promotethose who have dedicated themselves to the Ohio State football program for a numberof years.] He issometimes referred to as "The Senator" (most notably by ESPN's Chris Fowler), because of hiscomposure on the sidelines during play and his diplomatic way of interactingwith representatives from the media. Heis also referred to as "The Vest" for his penchant for wearing a sweater vest on the sidelines. Untilhis recent retirement, Tressel was one of only two active coaches with five ormore national championships in any division (only Larry Kehres of Division III Mount Union College has more with 10). His four nationalchampionships at Youngstown State gave him the distinction of being a part ofthe only father–son coaching combination to win a national championship (his father, Lee Tressel, won a Division III title at Baldwin–Wallace College in 1978). He is the third Tressel toreach 100 wins, joining his father (155 wins) and his older brother, Dick(currently OSU running backs coach), who coached at Hamline University (124 wins). As a family, with Jim's229 wins: Lee, Jim and Dick have won 508 games. DuringTressel's first year, Ohio State had a 7–5 record. Ohio State returned to theOutback Bowl, where the Buckeyes once again fell to South Carolina. Althoughthe Buckeyes lost on a last minute field goal, the team battled back to tie thegame at 28–28 after being down 28–0. Despitea second consecutive bowl loss and a 5-loss season, Tressel had coached theBuckeyes to a 26–20 upset victory over Michigan, fulfilling the promise he hadmade 10 months earlier. Thefollowing year Tressel and the Buckeyes became the first team in collegefootball history to finish 14–0, defeating the heavily favored University of Miami Hurricanes in double overtime to winthe 2003 Fiesta Bowl and the 2002 National Championship. Itwas Ohio State's first national championship in 34 years. That success made himthe first coach in NCAA history to win the AFCA's Coach of the Year award whileat different schools; he is also the first to win the award in two differentdivisions. Theywere able to earn the national championship through close wins on adefensive-minded scheme that relied on field position. With a combination ofsenior leadership with Michael Doss andfreshman Maurice Clarett, Tresselwas able to pull out many close games during the season. Seven of their 14victories were within 7 points including one overtime game against Illinois,and a double overtime game coming in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. His playcalling style of toughdefense, conservative ball-control offense, and field position was dubbed"Tresselball" by the media. Comingoff the national title season, the Buckeyes earned an 11–2 record in 2003, butthe team lost to Michigan in the 100th meeting between the two teams 35–21. TheBuckeyes finished the 2003 season with a 35–28 victory over Kansas State in theFiesta Bowl on January 2, 2004. In 2004, the team finished 8–4, closing out theseason with a 33–7 victory against OklahomaState at the Alamo Bowl and upsetting Michigan in the annualrivalry game. Ohio State was unranked and Michigan was ranked 7th and the finalscore was 37 to 21. During 2005, the Buckeyes had a 10–2 record which featuredan early season loss to eventual BCS National Champion Texas and another inHappy Valley versus Penn State, who finished the season ranked third in theBCS. However, the season ended with the Buckeyes defeating Notre Dame 34–20 in the Fiesta Bowl. The 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team went undefeated in the regularseason—including a 42–39 victory over Michigan which saw the first ever meetingbetween the two teams ranking numbers 1 and 2, respectively, in the nationalpolls. Ohio State finished secondin the final AP and Coaches polls after losing the 2007 BCS National Championship Game to the University of Florida, 41–14. In the2007 season Jim Tressel led the 11–1 Buckeyes to a third consecutive Big TenChampionship and second consecutive National Championship berth, played January7, 2008 against the LSU Tigers,in the Superdome. However OSU wasbeaten 38–24 by LSU, becoming only the second team to lose two consecutive BCStitle games (the first being the University of Oklahoma). In 2008 Ohio State won their fourthstraight Big Ten title. The Buckeyes played Texas in the Fiesta Bowl, comingback from an 11 point second half deficit to take the lead with just over 2minutes to play, only to lose when Texas scored with 16 seconds remaining. The2009 team won its fifth straight conference title and earned a berth in theRose Bowl against Oregon, winning the game 26–17. The 2010 OSU football seasonfinished with the team posting a 12–1 record. Questions SHOW-CAUSE PENALTY: Let’s faceit, this is the only reason he is available. Is it enough of a reason not toseek him out? Recruiting: An argument couldbe made that he is damaged goods when it comes to recruiting. NCAA: Is he worth the headache? Strengths He’s Jim Tressel. He knows howto coach. Big name Recruiting Highest Risk, exponentially higher reward potential.