Tressel benched until seventh game

The Indianapolis Colts have reacted to criticism of their hiring of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who resigned after violating NCAA rules by not informing school administrators about his knowledge of his players committing NCAA rule violations

So, with former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games, the Colts announced that Tressel will essentially be suspended for the first six games and then can begin his employement as an instant-replay review consultant.

It also looks like the Colts hired Tressel without first getting it signed off on by powers-that-be at the league office.

Here's the Colts' entire statement on the Tressel matter:

"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, Coach 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."

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