Monday, January 3, 2011

And a ' Mentorite ' shall lead them

On January 4th, a famous former Lake County native will turn eighty-one.  Born in Grand River and educated at the former Thomas Harvey High School in downtown Painesville, Don Shula's football pedigree is known and celebrated by all.  On January 4th at 8:30pm in New Orleans, another not quite as well known former Lake County native will lead the OSU Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl.  James (Jim) Patrick Tressel was born on December 5, 1952 in Mentor, Ohio.  His scarlet and gray football pedigree began while his father Lee guided the Mentor High School Cardinal football program to a 34 game winning streak.  Lee left Mentor to coach briefly at Massillon before assuming the head coaching reigns at Baldwin Wallace College from 1958-1980.  Although Jim Tressel graduated from Berea High in '71 and played quarterback for his father in college, this former 'Mentorite' ( a term dubbed by James A. Garfield in 1880 ) is part of the only father-son tandem to win a NCAA football title.  Lee won his in 1978 at B-W.  Jim won his titles at Youngstown State in the '90s and in his second year at OSU in 2002.

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