Tressel won, and won often, at Ohio State

May, 30, 2011
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The Jim Tressel era is over at Ohio State University following his resignation on Monday.

Although his tenure ends amid scandal, his 10 years in Columbus were some of the most successful that any college football coach has ever enjoyed.

Since 2001, no school made more BCS appearances than Tressel’s Buckeyes, who were 5-3 in eight BCS games. (Oklahoma has also been to eight BCS games under head coach Bob Stoops since 2001.)

Tressel led the Buckeyes to at least a share of seven Big Ten titles and the 2002 national championship. They've also won at least 10 games in each of the last six seasons (2005-10), which is tied for the fifth-longest streak of consecutive 10-win seasons in FBS history. (Florida State had 14 straight 10-win seasons from 1987-2000.)

Tressel's 106 wins at Ohio State rank third in school history behind Woody Hayes (205) and John Cooper (111). He needed just 121 games to reach 100 wins at Ohio State. Only two head coaches needed fewer games to reach 100 wins in Big Ten history: Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost both reached 100 wins in 119 games as the head coach at Michigan.

Only Penn State’s Joe Paterno (401 wins) has more wins than Tressel did (241) among active FBS coaches.

Prior to his arrival at Ohio State, Tressel also won 135 games at Youngstown State, making him the only coach in NCAA history to win at least 100 games at two different schools.

Some other final notes on Tressel’s tenure in Columbus:

• Since the BCS began in 1998, Ohio State has spent 15 weeks at No. 1, tied for the second-most of any school. (Oklahoma has spent 20 weeks at No. 1) Fourteen of those weeks came under Tressel.

• Ohio State was 34-4 in non-conference regular-season games under Tressel, and never recorded a losing Big Ten record with him.

• He led the Buckeyes to a BCS game in each of the last six seasons. The next-longest active streaks belong to Oregon and TCU, with two in a row.

• Sixty-six players from OSU were drafted since 2002, the most of any FBS school.

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