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Colts Hire Tressel as “Game-Day Consultant”

By Brandon Castel

Jim Tressel’s retirement from football didn’t last very long.

The former Ohio State head coach has a found a new job a little over three months after announced his resignation from the last one.

Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell announced Friday that Tressel would be joining the organization as a “game-day consultant.” His primary role will be to serve as a consultant on instant replays, which would then alleviate some of that responsibility from Caldwell and his staff.

The Colts are coming off a 10-6 season in 2010 which ended with a 17-16 loss to the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.

The decision to hire Tressel came from his close relationship with the Colts current head coach. A former defensive back for the University of Iowa, Caldwell coached at three different Big Ten schools—Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State—in the 1980s before taking his first head coaching job at Wake Forest in 1993.

The timing of the decision is certainly ironic considering that Tressel’s old team is preparing to play its first game without him in more than a decade.

Tressel resigned back on May 30 after 10 years as the head coach at Ohio State. He was facing a 5-game suspension and heavy scrutiny for his role in the memorabilia scandal that has plagued Ohio State’s off-season.

He met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions back on Aug. 12, and it is possible they could hit the 58-year old Tressel with a “show-cause” penalty for violating NCAA Bylaw 10.1 when he failed to report potential violations committed by his players.

That would all but prevent Tressel from coaching at the college level for a period of time, but he won’t have to worry about that with his new gig. The NFL decided to suspend Terrelle Pryor five games for his winding road to the league’s supplemental draft, but they aren’t about to do the same with Tressel.

Not with Tony Dungy likely standing his corner.

Serving as the replay assistant with the Colts would seem to be the perfect fit for Tressel at this juncture of his career. It will allow him to return to the game of football without being thrust back into the spotlight.

It will also allow Tressel to continue living his life in privacy, while showing up on game days to help “consult” on the instant replay decisions.

His successor, Luke Fickell, will lead Ohio State into the post-Tressel era Saturday when the Buckeyes open the 2011 season against Akron.

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