Jim Tressel To Attend ATΩ Casino Night At Ohio State, Will Fund Cancer Research

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From The Lantern:

Alpha Tau Omega is hosting Casino Night 2013, held in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union on Friday, and proceeds will be donated to the Tressel Family Fund for Cancer Prevention Research at The James Cancer Research Hospital.

“It’s a way for us to give back to the community, to provide a venue for college students and parents and university staff, alumni, (ATO’s) alumni and university alumni the ability to come back and see the greatness that Greek life can bring, what fraternities and sororities can contribute to the Ohio State community,” said Joshua Glocer, Casino Night co-chair and fourth-year in political science.

This not only sounds like a great damn time — bumping shoulders with The Sweater Vest and Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith, posing for photo ops with the Stiff Arm, chumming it up and tossing back some cold soda pops (this is a non-alcoholic event) with your pals — but it’s also time well spent in the name of cancer research. A worthy endeavor, no doubt, and one that so many people can relate to.

For Jim Tressel to support this cause and mix it up with his ATΩ brothers is a show of good character, something ole Jimbo needs to replenish considering his unpleasant resignation from the head coaching spot at OSU.

More on the event:

The event will feature a wide variety of casino-style games, including poker, blackjack, roulette and craps, Glocer said.

Each participant in the event will receive a yet-to-be-determined number of chips to bet on the games with the goal of earning more chips, Glocer said. Once participants are done betting, they will cash in their chips for raffle tickets.

The prizes include free haircuts, golf passes, sporting events tickets, purses and more, Glocer said.

Considering what we learned about The Vest in the OSU fallout, where it was discovered he was covering up multiple egregious NCAA infractions, I now picture him taking this casino by storm, alcohol-free tag be damned. Tressel, a head football coach who once carried the public perception of a squeaky clean, straight-laced, father figure type, now has a little bit of an edge to him.

An environment like a casino, even a makeshift casino like this one, is a place where I can see him coming alive — just tossing the vest aside, rolling up his sleeves, pounding club sodas while clinking his glass together with his table mates and spilling all over the craps table, then throwing bones until early hours of the morning and stuffing tips in the cleavage of the servers. Just having a great time.

Maybe I’m getting carried away here. Well done, gentlemen.

The event is expected to bring in $30,000 from ticket sales, all going to The James Cancer Hospital.

[via The Lantern]

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