In the wake of Jim Tressel's sudden resignation as Ohio State's football coach on Monday morning, the Buckeyes' athletics director, Gene Smith, released a video statement in which he provided a detailed timeline that led to this morning's announcement.
Smith said that he met with Tressel on Sunday evening when the football coach returned from vacation, and they discussed the "state of the program." At that point, according to Smith, Tressel decided to resign; the two met again on Monday morning in Tressel's office, where the coach handed in his official letter of resignation. Tressel also addressed the team, explaining how the transition would work.
As you all know, we are under NCAA investigation. We will not discuss any of the matters around that case, or any further accusation that may emerge. We will do what we always do: We will respond to them, collaborate with the NCAA and try to find the truth.
You can view the complete video statement from Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith below.