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Jim Tressel suspended for six games by Colts

September 5, 2011 |  9:59 am

The Indianapolis Colts have suspended game-day consultant Jim Tressel for the first six games of the season.

The status of Tressel, who was the head coach at Ohio State through last season, became an issue because his last Ohio State quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, was forced to serve a suspension before being allowed to play in the NFL. Pryor was suspended by the NFL for the first five games as a condition of his inclusion in the supplemental draft.

After meeting with Tressel, team owner Jim Irsay and Coach Jim Caldwell, Colts vice chairman Bill Polian released a statement Monday stating the team's intentions.

"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 suggestions, 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."

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Jim Tressel with Ohio State. Credit: Associated Press