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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Notes from Tressel-Fickell news conference

By Adam Rittenberg

Many of you who watched Ohio State's news conference today might have thought, "There's an hour of my life I'll never get back."

Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel talked about his roster, but said little about the ongoing NCAA investigation of his program.
There's a reason why Jim Tressel is called The Senator, and he delivered one heck of a filibuster today in Columbus. Ohio State made it clear that Tressel wouldn't comment on the ongoing NCAA investigation, and the coach filled minute after minute breaking down positions entering spring practice. Yes, even the long snapper.

There was some news that came out of Columbus. As many had expected, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Luke Fickell has been promoted to assistant head coach and will serve as interim coach during Tressel's five-game suspension at the start of the season. Tressel dismissed rumors that he would be stepping down as Buckeyes coach, saying, "I never had that thought."

Tressel also apologized again for violating NCAA rules by not coming forward with pertinent information about players selling memorabilia items to a local tattoo parlor owner under federal investigation.

"The toughest regrets you have is when you disappoint," he said. "When you disappoint as a parent, that's tough. I suppose when you've had good fortune to have leadership roles, that's even harder. ... There are things I need to do better."

Other nuggets and observations:
That should be enough to hold you over.

The Fickell move makes sense. He's a rising star, popular among Ohio State fans and will follow instructions from Tressel. If he can keep the pieces together on Saturdays, he'll certainly improve his stock.