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Monday, May 30, 2011
Tressel resigns for 'greater good' of OSU

By Adam Rittenberg

The text from Jim Tressel's resignation letter to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith submitted Monday is now available.

It reads:
Dear Gene:
After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach.
The recent situation has been a distraction for our great university and I make this decision for the greater good of our school.
The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable. We have been blessed to work with the finest group of young men in America and we love them dearly. In addition, we cannot thank you enough. ... the high school coaches we have worked with over these many years.
We know that God has a plan for us and we will be fine. We will be Buckeyes forever.
Jim Tressel

Tressel said in March that he had no intention of resigning, adding, "That wouldn't be something that would jump in my mind unless there came that point in time where I said, 'You know what? The best thing to do for those kids [OSU players] is if I do.'"

Clearly, the time has come.