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Jim Tressel hopes time will heal wounds at Ohio State

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
It was one year ago, on May 30, 2011, that Jim Tressel lost his job at Ohio State. Now working at Akron, Tressel talked to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises and said he has no ill will toward the school about how his time came to an end in Columbus.

"I don't feel scarred or disappointed or mad," Tressel told Lesmerises. "I just don't feel that way. The people at Ohio State have always been great to me, and things end up the way they do, and you go on to the next play or the next day, and that's always been the way I look at things."

Tressel also said that he hopes to have a chance to "reconnect in some form" with the school he helped lead to six Big Ten titles and a national championship in 2002. He even laughed when he was asked about the possibility of returning to Columbus to dot "I" with the Ohio State band.

"Time has to take care of some things," Tressel said. "But I hope to live long enough to have a great career at the University of Akron and then enjoy that recognition of every place I've been."

Odds are that the quicker Ohio State can get past its 6-7 2011 season and get back to competing for Big Ten titles and national championships, any ill will directed his way from Columbus will dissipate.

After all, while the end of Tressel's time at Ohio State wasn't memorable for the right reasons, he did help provide some of the best years in the program's illustrious history.
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