The purpose of an NCAA show-cause penalty is pretty straightforward: the Association assumes that you want to keep coaching, and it is punishing you by preventing you from doing something you want to do. On an individual level, it's one of the more powerful weapons the NCAA wields; cross them, and they can kill your career.
But what if you're fine with leaving the game? What if you're so fine with it that you don't even think about coming back once your show-cause expires? That is some cold manipulation, Jim Tressel. You are the person who got dumped and, when your ex saw you at a party and hoped that you'd be miserable and lost and contrite for having fucked things up, said ex was shocked and dismayed when it turned out you're doing just GREAT. You've robbed the NCAA of its power, Tress - it's like they banned you from your least favorite restaurant.
It's just...did you mean it? Are you really happy watching all these other coaches flail and stumble where you could be making moves? You could be crowning yourself King of MAC Mountain, or taking Wyoming to some bowl game nobody sees coming. Hell, you could maybe get the Illinois job. SUP HATERS TRESSELBALL'S BACK.
Just think about it. That vest would look fly as hell at Virginia.