Colts Won't Allow Jim Tressel To Join Team Until Week 7

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts as a gameday consultant, according to a report.

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Jim Tressel Effectively Suspended, Will Not Work For Colts Until Week 7

It turns out Jim Tressel won't escape punishment for his role in an Ohio State scandal involving impermissible benefits while making the transition to NFL coaching. CBS Sports' Mike Freeman reports that the Indianapolis Colts have decided to begin Tressel's employment in Week 7 of the 2011 NFL season, effectively suspending the former Buckeyes head coach from his new position as the Colts' game-day consultant for six weeks.

The Colts made their reasoning clear in a statement:

"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.

"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."

Tressel's six-game "suspension" is comparable to the five-game suspension handed down by the NFL to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but it's possible that the NFLPA will still use the discrepancy between the league and a team handing down suspensions in appealing Pryor's suspension.

Tressel was expected to primarily serve as an assistant to Jim Caldwell and help the Colts head coach make judgments on replay challenges.

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Jim Tressel Hire Being Reviewed By NFL, Was Not Cleared By League Office

The Indianapolis Colts' hiring of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is currently under review by the National Football League, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports.

Tressel was hired by Colts head coach Jim Caldwell to serve as a "game-day consultant", assisting on such decisions such as replay challenges. Florio reports that the league must approve such hires, and that it had not received notification of the Tressel hire before the announcement.

The 58-year old Tressel had been suspended five games after admitting that he had failed to disclose information regarding the activities of several of his players, including Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. After 11 seasons as the Buckeyes head coach, Tressel resigned in May and had visited multiple NFL training camps this summer.

An unfettered entry into the NFL coaching ranks presents a problem for the league office, which suspended Pryor for the first five weeks of the 2011 regular season upon his entry into the league via last month's Supplement Draft.While the league insists that the Pryor suspension is not related to the activities in college, it matches the five-game suspension Tressel imposed upon Pryor in order for the quarterback to play in Sugar Bowl in January.

As Florio notes, allowing Tressel to coach in the NFL, while Pryor must sit for five games, would feed the perception that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a double standard when it comes to doling out discipline.

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Jim Tressel Hire Being Watched By NFLPA, But Does It Even Matter?

Within minutes, the questions about the Indianapolis Colts' decision to hire Jim Tressel came rolling in. After all, just a few weeks ago the NFL decided to suspend former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor as a condition of his inclusion into the NFL Supplemental Draft. So, naturally, many began asking when Tressel would suffer the same fate, and be forced to sit-out the first five weeks of the season without pay.

It's a question that's drawn the eyes of the NFLPA. George Atallah had this to say.

The NFLPA will be watching the Jim Tressell situation with interest.

It's not unexpected that the NFLPA will be watching the situation closely, but will it matter? Perhaps what the NFL does or, more importantly, doesn't do will influence the players' union going forward. But will it matter for Pryor? Probably not.

Even if the NFL allows Jim Tressel into its ranks without repercussions, there's little the NFLPA can do. The ruling used to suspend Pryor had to do with supplemental draft eligibility, we were told, and has no bearing on a coach or consultant coming into the league. This isn't a draft with an entrance requirement, it's a free market.

Does that make it right? Absolutely not. Not in the least bit. Pryor was suspended under the guise of protecting the integrity of the supplement draft -- reasoning that is, in my own opinion, a load of crap. Theoretically, it would have set a precedent, allowing the NFL to prevent players from fleeing the college ranks after breaking NCAA rules. But precedent doesn't matter here and decisions are made based upon the wishes of Roger Goodell.

Pryor shouldn't have been suspended, just as Tressel shouldn't be, either. Their transgressions violated the rules of amateurism, which clearly doesn't apply to the NFL. But the NFL will take the backlash when Tressel walks, and the stupidity of the decision to suspend Pryor will be even more evident than it was before.

Now can we all get back to real football?

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Jim Tressel Hired By Indianapolis Colts As Gameday Consultant

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts as a gameday consultant, according to a report.

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