College Football Hall of Fame Fails to Elect Jim Tressel

By D.J. Byrnes on May 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Between his coaching days at Youngstown State and Ohio State, Jim Tressel amassed five national titles.

In ten seasons at Ohio State, Jim Tressel amassed five BCS bowl wins, coached ten consensus All-Americans, a Heisman Trophy winner and a record of 106-22. (94-21 and four BCS bowls if you let the NCAA tell it.) He also posted a sterling 9-1 record against a certain school up north.

In the end, it appears Tatgate sunk Tressel's nomination, which was sponsored by Youngstown State, not Ohio State. Oregon's Mike Bellotti and Appalachian State's Jerry Moore were inducted over him. Here's the whole 2014 class:

LaDainian Tomlinson RB Texas Christian
Sterling Sharpe WR South Carolina
Willie Roaf OL Louisiana Tech
Tony Boselli OL Southern Cal
Shane Conlan LB Penn State
Darrin Nelson RB/KR Stanford
Derrick Thomas LB Alabama
Dré Bly CB North Carolina
Joe Hamilton QB Georgia Tech
Wesley Walls TE Ole Miss
Dave Butz DL Purdue
John Sciarra QB UCLA
John Huard LB Maine
Bryan Smith LB McNeese State
Mike Bellotti Coach Oregon
Jerry Moore Coach Appalachian State

If the College Football Hall of Fame is inducting people like Mike Bellotti, it must be assumed they're punishing Tressel due to his show-clause from the Tatgate fallout. (And here I thought we had progressed as a society since those simple times in 2010.)

It's now a matter of when Tressel gets into the Hall of Fame, not if. Oklahoma's Barry Switzer — a person not unfamiliar with NCAA scandal — took 11 ballots to earn his election; Auburn's Pat Dye took 15. 

Still, it's disappointing one bad decision cost Tressel the rare honor his career dictates he deserves. 

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