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Jim Tressel lands a job with the Colts

File image of Ohio State head coach Tressel and quarterback Pryor celebrate after beating Oregon in the 96th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena Reuters

Terrelle Pryor’s college coach will join Pryor in the NFL this year.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell said on a conference call Friday that Tressel was hired as a gameday consultant.  Tressel will focus on consulting on replays, with the idea to free up time for other coaches.   He’ll also answer questions on sweater vest dos and don’ts.  [Editor's note:  "Do" put one on.  "Don't" ever take it off.]

Caldwell apparently has wanted to create the role for a few years, and Tressel seemed like a nice fit.  Tressel visited a few teams during training camp, including the Colts and Browns.

No word yet if the NFL plans to suspend Tressel five games to start the year, like they did with Pryor.  (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)

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  1. canetic says: Sep 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    Consulting on replays? I’d do that for free!

  2. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:46 PM

    Good for him. I like Tressel enough to give him a BS coaching job.

  3. all4patriots says: Sep 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    Will Colts players get sweet deals on cars and tattoos?

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Sep 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    That has to be a cool gig. Congrats!

  5. njdevil7 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    Free up time for other coaches? What is left for Jim Caldwell to be responsible for? Packing lunchboxes?

  6. jacunn2000 says: Sep 2, 2011 3:54 PM

    I figured he would end up with the Pats. I mean birds of a feather…

  7. 1liondriven says: Sep 2, 2011 3:54 PM

    Will Goodell suspend him?

  8. jimbobobjr says: Sep 2, 2011 3:54 PM

    Don’t worry, coach Tressel. If Peyton Manning drives a Mercedes to practice you don’t have to report it. He’s ALLOWED. (Not that you woud anyway, you holier-than-thou hypocrite)

  9. loripetty says: Sep 2, 2011 3:55 PM

    Consultant? I wager he’ll also make coffee runs to Dunkin’ Donuts and iron Peyton’s jersey

  10. tombradyswig says: Sep 2, 2011 3:59 PM

    Hopefully Tressel will help Caldwell avoid stupid time outs… cough, jets game, cough……..

    Actually, I think Tressel should just take over as HC, he’d be better the that joke Caldwell!

  11. riverhorsey says: Sep 2, 2011 3:59 PM

    the 5 game suspension is a must.

  12. bison4me says: Sep 2, 2011 4:00 PM

    See that’s a job that PFT nation could do. We could do it in rotations from our couches at home. For 15 grand a Sunday, we’d be more than happy to do it and for any team. All we’ll need is an HD tv with DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket, a laptop/tablet, and a cellphone. We won’t even have to join a union.

  13. bquinn55 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:01 PM

    The sweater vest is out of style…..bro

  14. tampajoey says: Sep 2, 2011 4:01 PM

    Tressel will also be responsible for setting Jim Caldwell’s fantasy football lineup on gamedays.

  15. freedomispopular says: Sep 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    If he had waited a year, Crazy Al might have hired him as head coach.

  16. kvisions says: Sep 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    Sarcasm or Not, a suspension would show type of Commissioner/ NFL RuleBook “Cohesiveness”!!!!! haha
    …. Instead of what we have with Goodell – This Ol’ new sheriff in town . . .WildWild West-MakeUp the rules/laws – along the way Mentality !!!

  17. lionsfanatic84 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    will he get suspended like pryor?

  18. aberystwyth2 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:08 PM

    he better be suspended!

  19. scudbot says: Sep 2, 2011 4:09 PM

    He’ll also be selling Colts players, Colts players families and Colt players friends once-in-a-lifetime timeshare deals and gold plated commemorative coin investments.

  20. hrmlss says: Sep 2, 2011 4:10 PM

    There were so many ways to go with this, but they all seem to be covered…..Except, now Michigan will never beat Indy.

  21. thetooloftools says: Sep 2, 2011 4:10 PM

    I think this man has paid enough of a price. However he really should be suspended 5 games too and no i’m not kidding.
    He will be dearly missed at Ohio State but he blew his own foot off.

  22. quiettexan says: Sep 2, 2011 4:13 PM

    i’ll do it for less money.

  23. thingamajig says: Sep 2, 2011 4:13 PM

    “Tressel will focus on consulting on replays, with the idea to free up time for other coaches.”

    Peyton needed more time to work with his recievers so this was included in his new contract.

  24. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 4:13 PM

    Tressel deserves the opportunity and the Colts will benefit greatly from his talent.

    As soon as the immature get over it, you’ll all wish he was on YOUR sidelines or in your booth!

  25. killbuck0936 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:14 PM

    they both should have been sent to the black hole. Ohio State sucks anyways the whole scenario that played out didnt screw the buckeyes it just made their expectations more reasonable, they are what they are pretty much the 30-40th best team in college football and thats where they need to stay. Cant compete with the SEC its just disturbing the talent in that conference compared to all others.

  26. loripetty says: Sep 2, 2011 4:14 PM

    freedomispopular says: Sep 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    If he had waited a year, Crazy Al might have hired him as head coach.

    —————

    only if Tressel runs a fast 40

  27. cincinnasti says: Sep 2, 2011 4:15 PM

    One would think he would be a prime candidate for an Offensive Coordinator position next year..

  28. phillyj112 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:17 PM

    That sounds like a cake job. Trading in that stupid red sweater or a blue sweater.

  29. ghostofgilchrist says: Sep 2, 2011 4:19 PM

    Can’t wait to see the Colts coming on the field arm-in-arm

  30. iminurheadz says: Sep 2, 2011 4:19 PM

    wish they would pick up Jeff Fisher so he could manage Caldwells time outs

  31. drozman says: Sep 2, 2011 4:21 PM

    He needs to be in charge of Caldwell…maybe take over the timeout strategy at end of games?

  32. whichiwhichwawa says: Sep 2, 2011 4:24 PM

    Caldwell is officially on the hot seat!!!

  33. statking says: Sep 2, 2011 4:26 PM

    Once again the NCAA and NFL continue to punish players (Pryor 5 game suspension) and let the coaches who run the ship get away scott free… I understasnd Tressel may have been fired but he wasn’t and now he can come right into the big leagues without any problem (Even though it sounds like an interns job). It’s the same way when a player in college transfers and has to sit out a year but any coach can pack his bags and bail on the kids he recruited to fatten his wallet with no questions asked

  34. blueintown says: Sep 2, 2011 4:30 PM

    Because no one does hindsight like Coach Sweatervest.

  35. mrplow3 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:34 PM

    “He’ll also answer questions on sweater vest dos and don’ts.”

    Terrible……

    I like it

  36. jmat40 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    Tressel can be trusted like Casey Anthony tells the truth.

  37. captaintriumph says: Sep 2, 2011 4:38 PM

    Wow Tressel must be a real genius to land a job like that. I guess it beats going to a college with a lesser winning tradition and trying to bring them up. I bet if Tressel tried that, he’d be fired within 3 years for losing too much.

  38. rajbais says: Sep 2, 2011 4:40 PM

    Can you suspend Tressel for 5 games too, Commish???????????

  39. scudbot says: Sep 2, 2011 4:43 PM

    Freed from the restrictions imposed on him by the NCAA and now set with a salaried job, Tressel plans to follow his dream and open that sports memorabilia and rim sales business he’s always wanted.

  40. mikebrownstepdown says: Sep 2, 2011 4:43 PM

    I really don’t see him being suspended since Pete Carroll wasn’t.. Congrats coach Tressel, OSU won’t be the same without you!

  41. stairwayto7 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:51 PM

    If Manning shows up with tattoos everywhere, Indy you have a problem!

  42. tecumseh1313 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:52 PM

    killbuck0936 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 4:14 PM
    they both should have been sent to the black hole. Ohio State sucks anyways the whole scenario that played out didnt screw the buckeyes it just made their expectations more reasonable, they are what they are pretty much the 30-40th best team in college football and thats where they need to stay. Cant compete with the SEC its just disturbing the talent in that conference compared to all others.

    —————————————————-

    tOSU beat Ryan Mallett and Arkansas just last year. But don’t let that stop you from showing off your SEC education, bright boy.

  43. millermt17 says: Sep 2, 2011 4:53 PM

    Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of Caldwell.

  44. Land Snark says: Sep 2, 2011 5:01 PM

    It’s interesting to read the harsh commentary on Caldwell.

    All he did was lead the Colts to a Super Bowl and several playoff appearances.

    What a slacker.

  45. audient says: Sep 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    I’m a little surprised. He was hanging around Browns training camp one day. He was making the rounds. He was on sports radio in Cleveland talking about how he was in no rush to do anything just yet.

    Of course, that is easier said than done. He may have meant all that, and as football season loomed, he got itchy, and had to do something somewhere besides watch.

  46. Topher says: Sep 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Hopefully Tressel’s duty will include late game clock management.

  47. rajbais says: Sep 2, 2011 5:23 PM

    If Terrelle Pryor has to get suspended for 5 games, then Tressel deserves 7!!!

    Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson got a 5-game suspension for being a client of an illegally drug clinic that gave him HGH!!! That’s one more than any player!!!

    If coaches are more distinguished than players and “deserve to be held to a higher standard”, then it’s time to get after Tressel!!!!

  48. 10kmp says: Sep 2, 2011 5:23 PM

    killbuck0936 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 4:14 PM
    they both should have been sent to the black hole. Ohio State sucks anyways the whole scenario that played out didnt screw the buckeyes it just made their expectations more reasonable, they are what they are pretty much the 30-40th best team in college football and thats where they need to stay. Cant compete with the SEC its just disturbing the talent in that conference compared to all others.

    To paraphrase a great line in a great movie; killbuck0936 – You’re literally to stupid to insult…

  49. jabroni1 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:31 PM

    Maybe Gooddell doesn’t have authority over “gameday consultants”. But if he does there oughta be a 7 game suspension because he was the adult, he did the coverup. That is even worse than the crimes by the kids. Free tattoos a crime what a joke. Like I always tell my younger compadres, Tattoos and divorce lawyers are suppose to be expensive. Because they are worth it!

  50. thefiesty1 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:37 PM

    NO, NO, NO!!! That lying SOB should be banned from football for life. Bob Irsay has lost his mind!!!! You’ve got to be kidding me.

  51. kom2k10 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    Land Snark says: Sep 2, 2011 5:01 PM

    It’s interesting to read the harsh commentary on Caldwell.

    All he did was lead the Colts to a Super Bowl and several playoff appearances.

    What a slacker.
    ————–

    You must use the term “lead” very losely…. More like they overcame his ineptitude and made it to the playoffs and the Superbowl inspite of him.

    The Colts run D, Pass D, Special Teams, and Run Game have all STUNK with Caldwell… Manning has “lead” this team to the playoffs and the Superbowl… Not Caldwell!

  52. jmb795 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:54 PM

    He made a big mistake and suffered the consequences. Let the man work.

  53. sean6886 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:05 PM

    I’m all for job creation but I can only imagine the large six-figure salary he’s probably earning for the small job he’s doing. As a working stiff who works my a$$ off 6-7 days a week for way less than that-it pisses me off.

  54. leftcoastnative says: Sep 2, 2011 6:05 PM

    Yes, if Pryor misses 5 games, it only is fair that Tressel serves at least the same about of time on the shelf, regardless of his anticipated role with the Colts. If not, Goodell is a hypocrite and his policies are inconsistent.

  55. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2011 6:08 PM

    @jmb795 – exactly!

    A lot of people here just need to get over themselves… and off The Vest. Whats done is done and life goes on.

  56. managod777 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    If he doesn’t get a % game suspension, like the one he was going to serve, the NFLPA needs to get on their job and deal with Goodell. The same reasoning he gave for Pryor applies here.

  57. jasoncnz says: Sep 2, 2011 6:14 PM

    Absolutely Hilarious! Caldwell said they are going to use him for replays, which means he (Tressel) will get to decide whether to challenge or not. With a title of “Gameday Consultant/Manager”, my guess is that Tressel will be the guy deciding how to use the Colts time-outs and be the one to “manage” the clock as well. The good news is that now, whenever the camera pans to Caldwell standing there on the sideline staring into space, we will no longer will need to wonder what he is thinking. We will already know what he is thinking….NOTHING!

  58. Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 6:15 PM

    Congratulations to Coach Tressel. Hope he can put the negative stuff behind him and move on.

    I normally have little use for the way Goodell does things, but players shouldn’t be able to break the rules and rain down sanctions on their former schools while skipping out to the NFL with no consequences. It’s right that Pryor should have to serve his suspension–that’s the only consequences he’ll ever face. Tressel was fined $250,000 and lost his job as OSU’s head coach. Somehow I doubt this gameday job with the Colts is going to pay close to his Ohio State salary. So he has paid for his mistakes. Goodell has no reason to suspend him on top of those financial consequences.

  59. voyager6 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    Hey, If you suspend Tressel, you gotta suspend Pete Carroll! Here me commish?

  60. cappa662 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:41 PM

    Where is the 5 game suspension for tressel at? Wish the nflpa wouldn’t be such pansies about it.

  61. realfootballfan says: Sep 2, 2011 6:54 PM

    Yes, let’s criticize those kids for “cheating.”

    On a side note, could you have come up with a lamer job description just to hand a guy cash to be part of your organization?

    What’s next, time out coordinators to free up the head coach from worrying about when to take them or having to keep up with how many you have?

  62. ernestbynershands says: Sep 2, 2011 7:21 PM

    The Vest ought be be suspended by the league for 5 games. Its disgusting that college players and coaches can just walk from a program under sanctions with no consequences.
    The vest did suspend himself for 5 games like his players didn’t he?

  63. mwcarolina says: Sep 2, 2011 7:58 PM

    First off, Tressel being here doesnt mean Caldwell is on the hotseat. Tressel is a college coach and most of them havent done well in the pros. Second, Tressel isnt even an offensive, defensive or assistant coach, so i dont see how he could take Caldwell’s job. i do think Caldwell is fired if they miss the playoffs, but likely for a guy like Cowher or Fisher.

  64. cosmoman11 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:28 PM

    Failure to suspend Tressel will expose Goodell as the hypocrit that he is. The NFL shouldn’t be the place where lying college coaches go to hide. C’mon, Roger, prove to everyone that you are all about protecting “the shield” in every circumstance. Otherwise get the hell out.

  65. Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 10:05 PM

    Okay, I’ve just been informed Tressel’s $250,000 fine was revoked. But the guy still lost a multi-million-dollar job–and this is just a little consulting gig. He’s been punished. Let it go.

  66. cosmoman11 says: Sep 2, 2011 10:58 PM

    Deb, sorry, its not about the money. Its about applying the rules consistently to everyone. Even the rules that Roger makes up as he goes along.

  67. Deb says: Sep 3, 2011 12:25 PM

    @cosmoman11 …

    When has Roger ever applied his rules consistently? At least in this case, the dissimilarity of the circumstances provides some justification.

  68. CKL says: Sep 3, 2011 1:43 PM

    Deb says: Sep 2, 2011 10:05 PM

    Okay, I’ve just been informed Tressel’s $250,000 fine was revoked. But the guy still lost a multi-million-dollar job–and this is just a little consulting gig. He’s been punished. Let it go.
    _______________________________________
    I thought that when a college coach gets fired or resigns that they still owe him the balance of his contract. I don’t follow college football though so I’m not sure.

    The thing to me is that Goodell opened a can of worms w/ Pryor by allowing him in even though he had eligibility left AND suspending him. He should have either let him in with no punitive measures or NOT let him in. And Goodell has always squawked about holding coaching staff / FO members to “higher” standards than he does players. If he actually applied his rules that way he SHOULD do something with Tressel since he did with Pryor. I do believe that Tressel is much more the villain than Pryor. He’s in a position of authority, knew there were things going on and willfully put up a pathetic “effort” to make it look like he was doing something. That’s more shameful to me than Pryor selling stuff that belonged to him.

  69. Deb says: Sep 3, 2011 5:26 PM

    @CKL …

    Well, first, OSU basically banned Pryor. So he could only have returned to college ball if he’d applied to another school, and timewise, even if he could have gotten into another program, he’d probably have missed the season at that point. He really had nowhere to go but the NFL.

    I agree that Tressel’s wrongdoing was much greater than Pryor’s. I think the whole issue of punishing kids for selling their own merchandise and autographs is idiotic. If the NCAA doesn’t want kids selling their own trinkets, then kids shouldn’t be given those trinkets until they leave the NCAA. Ohio State has now made that the rule at their program, but it needs to be an NCAA rule.

    But I’ve been arguing passionately against sanctioning schools for the wrongdoing of individuals. It’s the old story of locking the barn door after the horse has escaped. In the case of USC, both Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush leave for the NFL, receiving no punishment whatsoever. But future USC players, coaches, as well as fans, are punished for years to come. Instead, I’ve been calling for the NCAA to work with the NFL to stop these kids from making the jump when they’re responsible for raining sanctions down on their school. I had suggested they be forced to remain in school or suspended for a time once reaching the NFL. So for once, I thought Goodell made a wise decision. Pryor was prepared to serve a five-game punishment if he’d stayed at OSU, and that’s what he’ll serve in the NFL.

    Tressel’s situation is a little different. For one thing, this is a minor consulting role–really he’s just a glorified statistician. He can’t be earning that much compared to his earnings at OSU, and I don’t believe they paid out his contract since he resigned under these circumstances. If he’d been hired into a major coaching position, it might be different. But it would still be difficult to punish Tressel when he didn’t punish Carroll … not that inconsistency has ever bothered ol’ Rog.

  70. CKL says: Sep 4, 2011 9:22 AM

    @Deb
    Thanks for the info. IMO Pryor shouldn’t have been allowed in and Tressel shouldn’t be punished by the NFL. I just think that if you nail Pryor you can’t justify not nailing Tressel.
    I could be wrong but I don’t think ole Petie ever was found guilty of anything while still in the NCAA. He just escaped to the NFL BEFORE they found anything on him and now he doesn’t have to tell them anything.

  71. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 8:35 PM

    @CKL …

    Yeah, ol’ Petie’s a slick character :)

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