Mack Brown: Tressel 'a Hall of Famer'

Not disclosing possible violations to Ohio State's compliance department cost Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel his job, but Texas coach Mack Brown doesn't think it will cost him his legacy.

“He’s done a lot of great things in college football,” Brown told the Austin American-Statesman, “and I know he’ll be a Hall of Famer at some point.”

Brown has faced off against Tressel three times, with a 2-1 record. The last game was a Texas victory in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.

Though Tressel is done as the head Buckeye, Brown sees him coaching again.

“I think that’s totally up to him. He’s older, but he’ll have opportunities to coach again if he wants to. That’ll just be a personal decision," Brown said.

There's no doubting Tressel's excellence on the field. His .828 winning percentage is second-best in school history and bested even the legendary Woody Hayes. Brown, though, might have inadvertently started the discussion: Is there a place in the College Football Hall of Fame for Tressel, despite his tenure's ungracious end?