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In Columbus, a Mournful Mood

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"A lot of people are sad," said Brittany White, who works in the Ohio State memorabilia store College Traditions, within sight of The Horseshoe. "Just kind of a sad day in Columbus."

White said that in the hours after the iconic coach's resignation went public on Memorial Day, Buckeyes fans started showing up at College Traditions to buy Tressel gear. There is plenty still on the shelves to purchase, from his signature sweater vest ($55) to vest-style baby Onesies ($15.99). Copies of his books were sold Monday, as were wall hangings in his likeness.

A few blocks away, stacks of the Tuesday edition of The Lantern, the Ohio State student paper, were sitting in the lobby of Eddie George's Grille 27, the restaurant owned by the former Buckeyes running back who won the 1995 Heisman Trophy. The front page headline: "End of an era."

An end that had to come,...

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