Jim Tressel is on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

By DJ Byrnes on March 6, 2014 at 12:01p

Out of 4.99 million men who have played college football over the last 145 years, only 934 players and 205 coaches have been enshrined in the sport's Hall of Fame.

Jim Tressel could soon be one of those men. The former Youngstown and Ohio State strongman will be on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. His accomplishments are well known:

Jim Tressel-Youngstown State (1986-2000), Ohio State (2001-2010)-Led teams to nine national title game appearances, winning four FCS championships with Youngstown State and one BCS championship with Ohio State…Led Buckeyes to six Big Ten titles and coached 73 First Team All-Americans during career…Two-time Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, winning one at the FBS and one at FCS level.

That's a sure-fire candidacy for the Hall of Fame, except for one thing: Tatgate. It will be interesting to see how voters weigh the scandal that deposed Tressel. It may cost him the honor of being a first-balloter, but ultimately, his jacket is too venerable to stop from being enshrined. 

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