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Prep coaches will honor Tressel with coaching uniform

Cameron Smith
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If you thought that the general football community in the state of Ohio was going to just let the entire Jim Tressel-tattoogate debacle slide quietly into the night now that the honorable sweater vest has resigned from his post, think again.

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Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel

On Wednesday, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association announced a recommendation to all of its members to honor Tressel during their respective teams' first game of the forthcoming season.

If the plan (which was first reported by Ohio high school sports site J.J. Huddle) goes through, it will effectively give all high school coaches in the state of Ohio a dress code for their opening game of the 2011 season. The OHSFCA recommended that every coach wear a white shirt and tie -- an outfit befitting the sweater-vested coaching wonder -- for their teams' opening game.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the move is intended to serve as a thank you for the support Tressel gave to the OHSFCA during his Ohio State tenure. The measure, which was first proposed by Solon (Ohio) High coach Jim McQuaide, would provide a tip of the cap for Tressel, though it's somewhat questionable exactly what he did to help the OHSFCA.

Instead, the organization itself seems to have done plenty for Tressel over the years. First, the high school organization issued a stirring letter of support for Tressel in the midst of the Ohio State scandal. Then, on July 8, it inducted the Ohio State coach into its Hall of Fame, despite the fact that he never served as a high school coach at all.

Of course, none of that means that Tressel isn't worthy of a tribute from an organization devoted to Ohio high school football first and foremost. Ohio State's reign near the top of the college football world under Tressel's reign helped make a number of Ohio-bred recruits some of the most visible football players in college football.

Now, those players' early coaches appear set to honor the man who guided them in college in a quirky way which might even bring a wry smile to those who dislike Tressel as much as most in Ohio love him.

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