The Indianapolis Colts have announced that their hiring of Tressel, the disgraced former Ohio State coach they’d hired as a game-day review consultant, will not take effect until after the first six games of the season — one more game than a college suspension the NFL had upheld for Pryor. So, in essence, Tressel is suspended until Week 7.
“After the announcement of Coach Jim Tressel’s agreement to join the Colts as a game day consultant, questions were raised with respect to the equity of his appointment as opposed to suspensions being served this season by present and former Ohio State players,” Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said in a statement released by the team.
“Over the weekend Coach Tressel, [owner] Mr. [Jim] Irsay, Coach [Jim] Caldwell and I had a discussion of the issue. In addition, we had a conversation with league officials to apprise them of the details of Coach Tressel’s employment and the issues we were reviewing.
“At Coach Tressel’s suggestion, and with Mr. Irsay’s concurrence and support, we have decided to begin Coach Tressel’s employment effective with our seventh regular season game.We have informed the league office of our decision and expect that they will be supportive of it.”
The Tressel hiring over the weekend drew instant questions about whether he’d be allowed to jump to the NFL immediately, with no suspension for improprieties at Ohio State. Pryor, his former Buckeyes quarterback, will not be allowed to play in the Oakland Raiders’ first five games — a decision by Commissioner Roger Goodell that upholds a suspension that would have applied had he remained at Ohio State. Pryor was taken by the Raiders in the supplemental draft in August.
Tressel had been suspended two games by the university but had added three games to it to match the suspensions given his players. Later, he resigned.
Now, for the bigger questions: Is this is a policy that will continue to be applied to coaches and players seeking to jump to the NFL after college malfeasance? And will anything be done about recent past situations (for instance, Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush)?