Shortly after returning from a trip overseas to visit military installations in seven countries on four continents, the Ohio State head coach was carted to the annual Buckeye Boosters golf outing at the Ohio State University Golf Course via a two-seat IndyCar of Columbus native Graham Rahal on Monday morning.
More than just a photo opportunity, the event turned out to be a chance for Tressel to get reacquainted with the local media as well.
He touched on multiple topics, including the still-developing legal situation of recruit Jaamal Berry, a Miami native who faces drug charges in his hometown after his arrest early on the morning of June 11.
Prior to his arrest, Berry was set to enroll at Ohio State in time to begin classes June 22, and Tressel said Monday morning he hoped that would still be possible.
"We're waiting to see how the process unfolds, and I'm hoping something happens early this week that gives us a little direction so that we can go to our administration and say, ‘Hey, we've learned this and we suggest this step,' and then of course obviously we have to do what the whole group needs done," he said.
Because Berry is not yet enrolled, there is no written policy for how he must be dealt with from a university legal standpoint, a school spokesperson told BuckeyeSports.com.
A check of records on the Dade County Clerk of Courts website shows Berry is scheduled to appear in court July 2.
Though Tressel professed not knowing as many intricate details of the case as he would like to, he said he looks forward to getting a face-to-face meeting with Berry in the near future.
"It's hard on the phone," Tressel said. "All he could do was talk about how disappointed and embarrassed he was. He never meant to do anything but good things on behalf of Ohio State and he said, 'Here I am before I even get there making a mistake and not being where I should be,' and so I know how he feels about it. But now, no matter how you feel about it, we have to go through the process.
"We take a lot of pride in the fact that it's a great privilege to become (a Buckeye)," he added. "As soon as a guy commits, even before he signs, we always talk about everything that we do now reflects on them, and so when we error here, we're reflecting on him because people are going to bring that to attention, and any errors he might make, the opposite reflection is true, so unfortunately it is what it is. You can't ignore it. You can't not talk about it. You guys (the media) can't not talk about it. And now we have to go through the process."
Tressel also spoke about his trip overseas, saying he enjoyed another chance to catch up with old acquaintances Texas head coach Mack Brown and Jim Grobe of Wake Forest while also getting to know better the likes of Mississippi's Houston Nutt, UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and Air Force's Troy Calhoun.
The Ohio State head man revealed he was the subject of some playful ridicule as a result of Ohio State being so popular among the troops at the places visited.
"The other coaches on the tour were teasing me," he said. "They said everyone in the state of Ohio must be overseas because every place we went, it was Buckeyes three to one, and it was awesome."
Through 26,000 miles of travel, he said the most lasting image would be the resolve in the eyes of those young soldiers with whom he met.
"They're over there serving and they know we're doing good things. They're very proud of what they're doing. They're very proud that our country really takes care of the whole world. the things we do for the world are incredible. just to see the pride in the faces is what stands out to me the most," he said.
Next up, Tressel is set to continue the Ohio State summer camp schedule that began Sunday with the first of two one-day advanced camps.
Wednesday will bring a pair of two-day camps to be followed with another camp June 19-21, one the 24-25 and finally another one-day advanced camp June 26.
"I hope we're around 3,200 or 3,400 kids by the end of this 12 days so it will be fun," Tressel said before highlighting the importance of the camps for the game.
"It's critical for kids to enjoy football and to have an experience where they want to learn more and go back and help their teams and feel good about the game," he said. "So it's very important."