- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jim Tressel began his career as Ohio State's coach with a famous promise about the Buckeyes' archrival, Michigan.
Who could forget what Tressel told the Buckeyes faithful at a basketball game the day he was hired in January 2001?
"I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the football field."
Tressel still had Michigan on the brain Saturday when about 200 Ohio State fans showed up for a rally in support of the coach at his house. Tressel, forced to resign as Buckeyes coach a week ago, spent about 20 minutes shaking hands, taking pictures and talking with his supporters.
His most memorable line took a jab at the hated Wolverines, a team Tressel beat nine out of 10 times during his tenure as Ohio State's coach.
"Don't forget: Nov. 26th we're going to kick their ass!" Tressel said, eliciting a big cheer.
It won't be easy for Tressel to watch Ohio State from afar this season. I'd imagine the Michigan contest will be especially difficult for the coach, who always put The Game on a pedestal and mastered the art of preparing Ohio State for its archrival.
"We're going to be Buckeyes for life," Tressel told the crowd Saturday. "What's that old saying? Buckeye born and bred, a Buckeye 'til I'm dead."
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