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By Matt McCoy
One of the storylines of 'The Game' Saturday will be the return, to Ohio Stadium, of Jim Tressel. He will be on the field with members of the 2002 national champion Buckeyes who are celebrating their 10 year anniversary.
It's an unusual situation, as Tressel returns while a team, penalized by the NCAA partly due to his transgressions, trys to finish off an unbeaten season. The seniors on this Buckeye team, however, are publically showing no ill will toward their former coach.
"I just think it's a blessing to have Coach Meyer and Coach Tressel there on my senior day," safety Orhian Johnson said. "I couldn't really have it any other way...it'll be a real blessing for me."
Tressel and as many as 65 members of the 2002 team are expected this weekend for a dinner Friday night, and a pregame tailgate. They will also be part of the Tunnel of Pride before the game and will be recognized between the first and second quarters.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Coach Tressel. He's a great person who I admire very much," right tackle Reid Fragel said. "I don't think it will be awkward. I think everybody is looking forward to seeing him. We haven't seen him in a while. I don't think there's any bad blood with him and any of the guys on the team. What's done is done...Everybody's kind of moved on."
Tressel's weekly "A Moment with Jim Tressel" on Channel 3 in Cleveland dealt with the Michigan game, his return to the stadium and the reunion. It's posted below.
While there are some Buckeye fans who have not, and will not forgive Jim Tressel, my suspicion is any boos Saturday will be overwhelmed by a warm reception for Ohio State's most successful coach in the OSU/Michigan rivalry.