Those coaches who attend the annual Ohio State football coaches clinic on April 14-16 might want to make sure their camera phones are charged. There is a chance that all five living OSU head coaches could be together for a rare photo opportunity.
Those coaches who attend the annual Ohio State football coaches clinic onApril 14-16might want to make sure their camera phones are charged. There is a chance that all five living OSU head coaches could be together for a rare photo opportunity.
Earle Bruce and John Cooper, are scheduled to be honored by current coach Urban Meyer and his staff, and Jim Tressel has accepted an invitation to speak as well. OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who served as interim head coach in 2011 after Tressel was forced to resign due to NCAA violations, also is expected to be in the building.
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There is a widely circulated photo of Bruce, Cooper, Tressel and Meyer together that was staged several years ago. For some reason, Fickell was not included.
Tressel, in his second year as president of Youngstown State, toldThe Dispatchhe is looking forward to the opportunity to speak at the clinic. One reason is the chance to rub shoulders again with the former Ohio State coaches, but also with those high school coaches with whom he developed relationships with while head coach at Youngstown State (15 years) and OSU (10 years).
"Truly honored to share the stage with coach Coop and coach Bruce," texted Tressel, who won four NCAA Division I-AA national titles at YSU before leading OSU to the 2002 national championship and to the '06 and '07 title games. "The Ohio high school coaches are some of my greatest friends in the world. Many thanks to coach Meyer for the opportunity."
Tressel was inducted into the college football and the Ohio State "Varsity O" halls of fame in 2015.