This Week in Ohio State Football: Let’s get Tresselized (again)

Sep. 6—Youngstown State returns to Ohio Stadium this week to take on Ohio State for the third time.

Jim Tressel coached both teams en route to a College Football Hall of Fame career.

He figures to come up a lot this week as a result, but his history with the two schools is not the only reason.

Here are some final thoughts on the Buckeyes’ win over Indiana and a look at what they are doing this week with the Penguins on the docket:

1. Regardless of the opponent, I couldn’t help think of Tressel on Tuesday.

The current Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day has been trending toward Tressel’s tendencies, but his response to a question about aggressiveness was almost Too Tressel to be believed.

“It’s probably the art of coaching — figuring out how aggressive we can be,” Day said Tuesday. “That comes with trust over time.”

To really drive home the point, Day added, “A big part of that is the quarterback, and a lot of it has to do with the offensive line. The more trust we all have in them, the more we can let it rip.”

Letting it rip is supposed to be Day’s thing. It is not something anyone would associate with Tressel.

However, this is where I put on the Old Guy hat and explain that Tressel, who won 153 games at YSU and 104 at Ohio State with a combined five national championships, was not necessarily as conservative as he is sometimes remembered.

He was almost certainly not as conservative as he actually coached games at Ohio State, but Tressel was more than anything committed to winning.

He was committed to doing what his players could do, and perhaps coincidentally or perhaps not, he tended to have better personnel on defense than offense during his tenure in Columbus.

That’s how an offensive-minded coach became known for his buttoned-up style of play, but he and his offensive coordinator Jim Bollman reminded reporters often that the…

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