Buckeyes buy Tressel's special teams message

Updated: January 7, 2007, 2:36 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- You don't have to spend much time around the Ohio State Buckeyes to learn of the importance that coach Jim Tressel places on special teams. If Ohio State had a yard for every Buckeye player or coach who solemnly, straight-facedly said, "The punt is the most important play in football," they'd never have to punt again.

Whether it is true or not is a subject for debate -- and the Buckeyes make a compelling case for it -- but the overriding point is that no coach ...

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