Jim Tressel Given Five Game De Facto Suspension By Indianapolis Colts

How would you feel if you were punished by a former employer and then took a new job where that new employer continued your punishment? That’s exactly what happened to Indianapolis Colts game-day consultant Jim Tressel when the team decided to suspend his position based off his Ohio State University investigation.

The announcement comes after Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was suspended from the Raiders for five-games in place of the suspension he would have served had he stayed with Ohio State for his senior year.

Colts president Bill Polian released the following statement regarding Tressel’s suspension:

After the announcement of Coach Jim Tressel’s agreement to join the Colts as a game day consultant, questions were raised with respect to the equity of his appointment as opposed to suspensions being served this season by present and former Ohio State players.

Over the weekend Coach Tressel, Mr. Irsay (team ownerJim Irsay), Coach (Jim) Caldwell and I had a discussion of the issue. In addition, we had a conversation with league officials to apprise them of the details of Coach Tressel’s employment and the issues we were reviewing.

At Coach Tressel’s suggestion, and with Mr. Irsay’s concurrence and support, we have decided to begin Coach Tressel’s employment effective with our seventh regular season game. We have informed the league office of our decision and expect that they will be supportive of it.

We are very happy Coach Tressel will be joining us.

Tressel and his players were ordered to serve a five game suspension after admitting they failed to notify the NCAA that several Buckeyes had received improper benefits in 2010.

When he returns to the team Tressel will play the role of a video replay analyst for the Colts, a position that will now start on Week 7.

Given the NFL’s need for college football the move is a smart decision by the Colts and should help their relationship with the NCAA moving forward.

Do you think it’s right for the Indianapolis Colts to punish Tressel with his college league suspension?