Jim Tressel held his first press conference of spring ball today, putting to rest many hilarious reports that Ohio State was planning on firing him hours before the onset of the Buckeyes' first practice, and two remarkable things happened. First, he apologized, for real this time, but not without a dig:
"The largest regrets I've had in my life have been when I've disappointed people, when I've let people down," Tressel said while facing the media for the first time since March 8, when the violations were revealed. "The mistakes I've made are very disappointing. I'm sorry for that, as I've mentioned many times."
Those many, many mentions must have come while belting Phil Collins' "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" while driving to the football complex, or whispered tersely in the general direction of concerned alumni while signing memorabilia and refusing to look at them. Because unless Tressel's referring to an unknown press event besides his only other media encounter during this episode, he's lying (again! haha!) if he says he apologized.
The second bit of news is the appointment of linebackers coach Luke Fickell to the position of interim head coach while Tressel is serving his five-game suspension. A school press release calls Fickell "a Buckeye to the core," which we assume means he is poisonous when eaten.