Tressel Apologizes, Says He Has No Plans To Resign


UPDATED: Wednesday April 6, 2011 12:31 PM

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel addressed a number of rumors about his future at the university on Wednesday and said he has no plans to resign.

Tressel apologized for his conduct that led to a major NCAA rules violation and admitted that it has been "a difficult past couple of months," 10TV's Dom Tiberi reported.

The comments were the first that Tressel made to the media since the university announced he would be suspended for the team's first two games of the 2011 season.

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Tressel later said he would he would sit out Ohio State's first five games for failing to forward information about possible rules violations by two of his players and lying to the NCAA.

"The largest regrets I've had in my life have been when I've disappointed people, when I've let people down," Tressel said Wednesday. "The mistakes I've made are very disappointing. I'm sorry for that, as I've mentioned many times."

Tressel said that he could not answer questions from reporters about the ongoing NCAA investigation.  The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin spring football practice on Thursday.

Tressel's comments came after the university announced that defensive coordinator Luke Fickell will be interim head coach.  Fickell was also promoted to assistant head coach.

"It'll be difficult," Fickell said. "We have to know whose team it is. It's our team. It's the seniors' team."

The NCAA has not ruled in the case.

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