What's Next For Jim Tressel And The Buckeyes He's Leaving Behind?

With Jim Tressel's career at Ohio State finished thanks to investigationinvestigation, and resignation, and his career in major-college football likely over by association, what's a middle-aged unemployed multimillionaire to do? In-house NFL blogger Gil Brandt says not to expect the Senator to be spotted strolling a pro sideline any time soon. It's a guess, but it's a guess that makes sense: If this maelstrom of scandal upon scandal has demonstrated anything, it's Tressel's nature as a players' coach. Nefariously or no, mentoring players is a clear passion of Tressel's, and there's got to be an upstart program somewhere deep enough in the "any publicity is good publicity" game to accept his help.

Meanwhile, for the implicated players: The specter of the NFL's supplemental draft would be a tempting escape point for Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, and the rest of the Buckeyes who promised Tressel to return in 2011 in exchange for the privilege of suiting up for the Sugar Bowl, but whether there will even be a supplemental draft, with the lockout looming, is up in the air. According to the NFL, no players have applied for this year's summer roundup. After Terrelle Pryor showed up in top-gun fashion to last night's team meeting, it's a little tricky to imagine him playing out an entire season under a cloud of ignominy, but anything's possible.

The one guy sure to be standing in Columbus next season is incoming interim head coach Luke Fickell, and SB Nation's Ohio State blog has an unorthodox suggestion for him: Lean on Lloyd Carr.

For more Ohio State athletics news, visit SB Nation Cleveland and Along The Olentangy.

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