The Senator is coming home.
Nearly five years to the day after his resignation as Ohio State's football coach, Jim Tressel is set to return to Columbus to speak at the program's annual football clinic as invited by current head coach Urban Meyer.
Now the president at Youngstown State University, Tressel left Ohio State amid turmoil and the Tattoo-gate scandal on Memorial Day 2011. He's been back to campus as a member of his 2002 national championship team, which the school recognized for its 10-year anniversary at halftime of the Michigan game in 2012. His players lifted their coach onto their shoulders.
Ohio State also inducted Tressel into its athletics Hall of Fame in September, but he hasn't been back to Columbus for an event this involved since his resignation. His inclusion in the Hall of Fame was decided by Varsity O — former Buckeye letterwinners, not administration. Tressel was on the Ohio Stadium turf briefly Sept. 19, recognized during Ohio State's 20-13 victory against Northern Illinois.
Last year, Meyer invited a few of his former Florida assistants to speak at the clinic, among them current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and Boston College head coach Steve Addazio. They joined Meyer and various members of his current staff to speak to Ohio high school football coaches.
Other invitees for this year's clinic include former star wide receiver and current ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, strength coach Mickey Marotti and former Ohio State assistant Fred Pagac. The latter just won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.
The clinic runs from April 14-16 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.