Ex-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to serve as Colts replay review consultant
Tressel, 58, who resigned from Ohio State May 30 amid an NCAA probe into rules violations, will be in the booth on game days and primarily serve as the Colts instant replay consultant. He will help determine whether Jim Caldwell should challenge a play, a job previously assigned to the Colts position coaches in the press box.
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Jim Tressel, who resigned as the Ohio State football coach amid an NCAA probe into rules violations, has landed a new job, but in the NFL as game-day consultant for the Indianapolis Colts.
Tressel, 58, who announced his resignation in May 2011 after admitting he had knowledge of players receiving improper benefits, was hired by the Colts Friday.
Tressel, who steered the Buckeyes to a national championship, will help determine which plays should be challenged during the game. He will be in the booth on game days and primarily serve as the Colts’ instant replay consultant.
“What we’re going to do is take a couple of things off of some of the guys’ plate that are up in the (press) box, so they can concentrate on their position,’’ Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said via the Sporting News.com. “(Tressel) will be able to work some of those areas and become an expert in those areas.”
Prior to Tressel’s arrival, the Colts position coaches in the box were tasked to advise whether the head coach should challenge a play.
Tressel was on hand Thursday night as Indianapolis concluded its preseason at Cincinnati.
Also, Tressel, together with Colts vice chairman Bill Polian, attended the Colts’ practice on Aug. 22.
Tressel left Ohio State as the third-winningest coach in school history, behind Woody Hayes and John Cooper. During his reign at Columbus, Ohio, his teams played in three BCS National Championship Games, while his 2002 squad captured the national title.
While at Ohio State, he compiled a 94-22 record in 10 years. Apart for the 2002 national championship, Tressel snagged six Big Ten titles and was 5-4 in bowl games.
Before joining Ohio State, Tressel’s only other head coaching stint was with Youngstown State (1986 to 2000). At Youngstown State, his team won four NCAA Division I-AA Football Championships.
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