Though Jim Tressel has yet to express any interest, Ohio Republicans think the former Ohio State football coach would be a solid candidate to challenge Democrat Sherrod Brown in the state’s Senate race.
In a Washington Examiner story on Wednesday, several officials praised Tressel’s credentials in both team and university management — he currently serves as Youngstown State president — and voiced their wishes for him to run for the seat.
“Jim Tressel is welcome pretty much wherever he goes in Ohio,” Ohio Republican congressman David Joyce told The Examiner.
I honestly think this is how Jim Tressel's career ends, if he wants it. I bet he could easily win statewide office. https://t.co/rDlbYNEHXI
— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) January 11, 2018
Tressel has seemingly had success everywhere he’s been, starting with his first head coaching gig at Youngstown State. From 1986–2000, he built the Penguins into a powerhouse that won four Division I-AA championships.
Ohio State fans know Tressel best for leading the Buckeyes to a 106-22 record, eight BCS bowl games, five conference titles, three runner-up finishes and a 2002 national championship in 10 seasons.
His tenure came to an abrupt end in 2011 amid possible NCAA violations. Still, officials reportedly don’t expect that situation to tarnish his resume should he run for office.
Should he enter the race, he won’t be the only former Buckeye running for office. Former Ohio State standout wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is running in the state’s 16th Congressional District.