The interview (which you can see here) is, according to the magazine, the first interview ever granted by a Division I football coach to a gay-themed publication. And in it Tressel says that he'd welcome a gay football player at Ohio State, noting that he wants nothing more from his players than for them to feel comfortable being who they are.
"We try to tell our guys that an authentic you is the best you," Tressel told the magazine. "That's truly what freedom means, and the beauty of living in America. People can live their beliefs."
Tressel's comments could go a long way toward changing that. Every gay high school football player now knows there's at least one big-time college program where he could be himself. That's progress, and something for which Tressel deserves a great deal of credit.