Report: OSU fans don't regret name game
Parents who named their children after former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said they had no regrets at the choice following his resignation in disgrace from the football program, The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday.
Twenty newborns in Ohio have been named after Tressel since January 2003, when the coach guided the Buckeyes to the national championship, the newspaper said.
In more than four decades before the triumph, only two babies were given the first name, according to birth records dating back to 1959.
Tressel Webb led the revival in April 23, 2003, followed by Tressel Cochran, Tressel McCoy, Tressel Miller and 16 more -- even including a girl, Tressel Calee, in 2007.
Her mother, Kati Bockover, explained, "We have an older daughter named Fredericka, so I didn't want a name too girly, or it would be cruel. I wanted something on the masculine side."
Her husband, Shad Bockover, suggested Tressel. "Right away, I loved it. It was a perfect match," Kati Bockover said.
But the recent scandal at the university, which saw Tressel step down from his post last month amid an NCAA investigation into rules violations during the 2010 season, threatened to take the sheen off the name.
Four years later, and with the coach awaiting the terms of his departure from OSU, Kati Bockover said that there was no doubt her daughter would remain a Tressel.
"We love [Jim Tressel]. We're proud of him," she added. "People are asking if she's changing her name. Absolutely not. No remorse, no regrets, no way."
Father Brent Huffines, 31, was equally defiant at his choice of name for his son, which he had to persuade his wife, Kattie Huffines, to adopt.
"Do I have any regrets? No," he said. "I think [Jim Tressel] got a raw deal, and she thinks he got a raw deal. Tressel was 9-1 against Michigan, and I still respect him off the field."