Barely three months after being forced out at Ohio State, Jim Tressel is back in the saddle, for at least one day a week: The ousted Buckeye head coach is heading to the NFL to serve as "a game-day consultant" for the Indianapolis Colts. His job will be "primarily as a consultant on replays," according to Colts head coach Jim Caldwell,"which will allow the other coaches to focus on their individual jobs" without being distracted by replay decisions. Well, everybody's gotta start somewhere.
Tressel has never coached in the NFL in any capacity, but he has known Caldwell for years and spent some time at Cleveland Browns camp earlier this summer. He also posted an infinitely better winning percentage at Ohio State and Youngstown State than his new boss managed in eight miserable years at Wake Forest, but it would probably be wise not to bring that up when things get heated over whether Pierre Garcon had complete control of the ball before stepping out of bounds.
No word on whether the NFL intends to follow recent precedent by forcing Tressel to serve the five-game suspension he faced for intentionally covering up major NCAA violations before he was kicked to the curb by Ohio State. But at least no one's going to get in trouble if Peyton Manning trades any autographs for a giant forearm tattoo.