Jim Tressel on Michigan: “I Hope I Live Long Enough for That Day When We’re Over .500. Then I Can Go to Sleep Happy”

By Kevin Harrish on June 3, 2021 at 4:28 pm
Jim Tressel wants to see Ohio State take the series lead.
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

Jim Tressel has a bucket list with one item.

Taking the reins of the Buckeye football program in 2001, Tressel flipped the script on the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry with a 9-1 record against the Wolverines, helping the Buckeyes mend a lopsided deficit in the all-time series.

Now, his one wish is to live long enough to see that through to completion.

Speaking at a charity event in Youngstown, Ohio this week, Tressel expressed his yearning to see Ohio State take the series lead against the Wolverines in his lifetime.

“I hope I live long enough for that day when we’re over .500. Then I can go to sleep happy.”– Jim Tressel

“I hope I live long enough for that day when we’re over .500," Tressel said. “Then I can go to sleep happy.”

Ohio State currently trails 58-51-6 all-time in the series officially. When Tressel took the job in Columbus, that gap was 56-35-6.

The Buckeyes have never led in the series. Michigan jumped off to a 13-0-2 lead in the rivalry and Ohio State has been playing catchup ever since.

Tressel did his part, kicking off two decades of dominance that Urban Meyer continued with a 7-0 record of his own. Now, it falls on Ryan Day, who's already off to a solid start with a lopsided 56-27 win in 2019.

If Ohio State remains perfect against Michigan, the Buckeyes can tie the Wolverines in 2027 and pass them in 2028. Tressel would be 75 years old.

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