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James, Nicklaus both weigh in on Tressel departure

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 12:23 a.m. MDT

FILE - In a March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, sits next to E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, during a news conference, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State announced Monday, May 30, 2011 that football coach Jim Tressel has resigned as the NCAA investigates the Buckeyes for possible rules violations. The school says Luke Fickell, an assistant head coach under Tressel, will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 season.  (Terry Gilliam, File, Associated Press) FILE - In a March 8, 2011 file photo, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, left, sits next to E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, during a news conference, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State announced Monday, May 30, 2011 that football coach Jim Tressel has resigned as the NCAA investigates the Buckeyes for possible rules violations. The school says Luke Fickell, an assistant head coach under Tressel, will serve as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 season. (Terry Gilliam, File, Associated Press)

MIAMI — LeBron James was preparing to play Game 1 of the NBA finals. Jack Nicklaus was preparing to host this week's Memorial golf tournament.

So on Tuesday morning, what were they doing nearly simultaneously?

Talking about Jim Tressel's resignation from Ohio State, of course.

James is a longtime Buckeyes fan, and Nicklaus played his college golf for Ohio State. On Tuesday, both met with the media before their respective events, and among the very first things each had to discuss was his reaction to Tressel's scandalous departure from the Buckeyes.

James says it's "unfortunate," and Nicklaus notes that even after the cover-up that played a role in Tressel's downfall, he still believes "he's a good man."

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