OSU Football Coach’s Mother Dies
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The mother of new Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel died of pancreatic and liver cancer Saturday afternoon. Eloise Tressel was 76.
Mrs. Tressel died at the Arthur James Cancer Hospital on OSU’s campus.
Jim Tressel learned of his mother’s death shortly after completing his first full-squad practice as the Buckeyes’ coach, said Steve Snapp, athletic department spokesman.
Tressel released a statement on behalf of his family Saturday night, thanking doctors for taking care of his mother while she was sick.
``We want to thank, too, the many people who have kept us in their hearts and prayers,″ Tressel said.
When Eloise Tressel was hospitalized for dehydration last month, her son, Dave, said his mother’s goal was to make it to Ohio State’s season opener Sept. 8 against Akron in Columbus.
Mrs. Tressel is survived by sons Jim, Dave and Dick, who is Ohio State’s associate director of football operations; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Her husband, Lee Tressel, died of cancer in 1981, three years after winning the Division III national football championship at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.