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Jim Tressel for United States Senate?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published May 30, 2011

Thus far, the speculation about Jim Tressel’s future centers on football, but the former Ohio State University head football coach would certainly be a formidable candidate if he chose to run next year in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Tressel, former football coach at Youngstown State University, has greater name recognition than either of the two prospective candidates for the GOP nomination, state Treasurer Josh Mandel and former Treasurer and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. Mandel won the treasurer’s job last November in the Republican sweep, but Blackwell was slaughtered in the 2006 general election for governor by Democrat Ted Strickland.

Tressel, who amassed an impressive record at Ohio State, just as he did at YSU, has left under a cloud, but beyond college football circles, what he did does not rise to political high crimes and misdemeanors. Most Ohioans probably would be willing to buy the excuse that he was just trying to protect his players by making sure their football careers weren’t short circuited because they sold their personal Ohio State football paraphernalia for tattoos. And most Ohioans aren’t surprised when the rules pertaining to college football, or any sport for that matter, are broken.

In politics, Tressel would be a natural. He’s a gifted speaker, he knows the state of Ohio well and would have little trouble raising money. And although Mandel and Blackwell have all but announced their candidacies, Republicans in Ohio have yet to get excited about the race next year in which the state’s leading Democratic officeholder, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, will be seeking reelection.

Having Jim Tressel on the campaign trail would certainly add a spark to the race.


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years ago


I like JT. Too much ill sentiment. Too much substrate for the Democratic-Socialists to smear/Palinize with. Likely unelectable.

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2AntiFascist(61 comments)posted 5 years ago

Tressel is a registered republican.

Why are you such a baby fascist? Politics too tough for you? Or are you so deep on the limbaugh/beck tip that you actually believe that D's are the only ones who smear people?

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3Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 5 years ago

I would love to experience the political race that involves Jim Tressel.

Bertram is right on all accounts, except mysteriously elusive in his "disclosure" on his reasons WHY he would want such a man in office, and here they are:

Jim Tressel has already committed legal, moral, ethical, "foibles" in his career. Many foibles that admittingly, most folks would overlook, however; given Jim Tressels' sense of winning "ego", etc., wouldn't it simply be a matter of time before Jim Tressel gives all of us more legal, moral, ethical, "foibles" in headlines?

Bertram doesn't care about the quality of politician, hell, neither do most folks, -Bertram simply wants to sell papers and there is nothing wrong with that.

Bertram, my friend, why not get another, vibrant politician that is "damn the torpedoes outspoken" that will work with the city of Youngstown and the Vindicator to get your headlines instead of "sharking the waters" for more of the same old politicos?

Great column for thought Bertie Baby :)

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4walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 5 years ago

Only the culture of corruption, money and power in Washington DC can make the NCAA leadership appear to be legitimate and honest!

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5jld2888(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

Good timing on this article, Bertram.

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6JimmyD(1 comment)posted 5 years ago

How ridiculous. This man lied twice in the most recent escapade. And you think this is Senatorial behavior? It seems you work too hard at trying to make yourself relevant as opposed to offering newsworthy, objective insights. How pathetic.

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7valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years ago

Tressel is a Republican and would definitely get my vote:

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8peacelover(838 comments)posted 5 years ago

Someone who professes to be a devout, God fearing Christian on the outside, then lies, cheats, and breaks the rules behind closed doors. Sounds like the perfect Republican.

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