Monday, May 30, 2011
Jim Tressel by the numbers
By Adam Rittenberg
Jim Tressel's resignation from Ohio State on Monday ends one of the most successful runs in Big Ten coaching history.
Tressel spent 10 seasons in Columbus, compiling a 106-22 record (66-14 Big Ten).
Many thanks to ESPN's Stats & Information crew for the following nuggets on Tressel's time at Ohio State (note: there's a possibility these numbers could change depending on NCAA penalties against Tressel/Ohio State):
- Tressel is tied with Oklahoma's Bob Stoops for the most appearances by a coach in BCS bowls (8). He boasts a 5-3 record that includes a 1-2 mark in games that decided the national championship.
- Tressel has guided Ohio State to 10 or more wins in six consecutive seasons, the fifth-longest such streak in FBS history and the longest in Big Ten history.
- Tressel is the only coach in NCAA history to win more than 100 games at two separate schools (Youngstown State and Ohio State).
- Tressel's 106 wins are the third most by an Ohio State coach, behind Woody Hayes (205) and John Cooper (111). His winning percentage of .827, meanwhile, is significantly higher than both Hayes (.761) and Cooper (.715).
- Tressel last year became the third-fastest coach in Big Ten history to reach 100 victories, doing so in his 121st game. Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost both reached the 100-win mark in 119 games.
- Under Tressel, the Buckeyes spent 14 weeks as the No. 1-ranked team.
Several more nuggets from yours truly ...
- Tressel's Big Ten winning percentage ranks second in league history behind only Schembechler (.850).
- He coached 21 first-team All-Americans at Ohio State and 47 first-team All-Big Ten selections.
- Tressel boasts a 9-1 record against archrival Michigan and is the only Ohio State coach to defeat the Wolverines in seven consecutive games.