Tuesday, March 16, 2010


COLUMBUS — The University of Michigan football team was dealt some more devastating news on Tuesday, as Ohio State director of athletics, Gene Smith, extended the contract of head coach Jim Tressel, through the end of the 2014 season.

The Buckeyes mentor, who has led Ohio State to a national championship (2002), seven BCS bowl games and an 8-1 record against arch-rival Michigan, said that he feels blessed to remain a part of such a great university for at least the next five seasons.

"We are fortunate to have a wonderful university administration, athletics administration, coaching staff and players," Tressel said. "To be able to continue building the Ohio State tradition alongside these people, along with our band, cheerleaders, fans and university community, is an honor."

Smith stated that Tressel's dedication to the university is the reason they decided to extend the coach's contract.

"We wanted to reward Jim for his exemplary work with our football program and lock him in as our coach for an additional two years," Smith said. "Jim has never once come to me about compensation. Jim has indicated to me he is satisfied with his salary.

"He is aware of the financial situation we all face in athletics and I am thankful for his service and loyalty to the goals of the department."

The contract extension is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees in May.

The Buckeyes begin spring practice on April 1.