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Jim Tressel might return to Ohio Stadium for Michigan game

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
Jim Tressel celebrates Ohio State's 2002 national championship. (Getty Images)

Ohio State's last game of the 2012 season might be the first game former coach Jim Tressel makes an appearance at since resigning from his job in May 2011.

Ohio State's 2002 national championship team is planning a 10-year reunion in Columbus during the Buckeyes season finale against Michigan. The team will be honored at Ohio Stadium during the game. Former Buckeyes defensive back Dustin Fox told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he'd like to see his head coach there.

"Obviously, the big question everyone has is will Tress be involved?" Fox said. "I don't know. I would like to think so. It wouldn't feel the same without him."

Former safety Mike Doss, who is helping to organize the reunion, shared similar sentiments.

"We would love to see Tress there," Doss said. "But the university has stepped up and said we want to recognize that team, and if one person walks out on the field, we'll still be recognized, and if 100 guys are there, we'll get recognized. We know what we did as a team and a family unit."

Athletic director Gene Smith told the Plan Dealer that the school would allow "anyone associated with the team to be honored." So if Tressel is interested in making an appearance, it appears he'll be welcomed.

The "Vest" could not be reached for comment.

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