President Tressel?

By Kyle Rowland on August 8, 2013 at 9:46a
Tressel has long held senatorial qualities.

Luis Proenza has led the University of Akron for 14 years. But the 68-year-old is finally calling it quits next June. A rumored replacement: Jim Tressel

The former Ohio State head coach is Akron's vice president for strategic engagement, a position he took in February 2012. He earned the nickname "The Senator" for his conservative nature, wearing a sweatervest and a folksy, say-nothing attitude when it came to speaking with the media.

“He’s probably going to be a candidate, but that’s about all we can say at this point,” said Richard Pogue, chairman of the board of trustees. “We’re not in any rush.”

Trustees will hold a special meeting in September to outline the steps to finding a new president. 

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XUbuckeye's picture

I support the vest! I always held out hope that I'd see him roam the sidelines again, but that show-cause pretty much ruined that. Good luck Coach!

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

mh277907's picture

I think it would be a great hire but people affiliated with UofA better have thick skin because the haters will certainly be coming out of the woodwork.


Ohio1St81's picture

I still support Jim Tressel very much, but I think a university presidency would be out of his range of talents. Although Gordon Gee's most acknowledged strength has always been his excellent fundraising skills, which I would imagine Tressel also has, Gee is still extremely knowledgeable about the workings of academia and educational politics. I'm not sure how Tressel would have acquired those skills without ever being a professor, like Gee (law), Holbrook (biology and dermatology), Kirwan (math), etc. You need to know the inner workings of faculty, grants, research, funding, and politics, so unless Nick Sicilano was actually Tressel's mentor in disguise on those subjects I can't imagine how he'd know much about them. Just wait a couple more years and you can go back to coaching! 

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XUbuckeye's picture

Technically, Tressel did teach a class at Ohio State. I think it was principles of coaching, I heard it was a very hard class. I know it's not the same as what you were saying, just thought I'd throw it out there. He's a long shot for the job for sure, I don't know of any college president without a Ph.D. 

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

Gametime's picture

In the last decade M. Peter McPherson at Michigan State, Robert Gates at Texas A&M and David Boren at Oklahoma have all head success as university presidents while coming from backgrounds outside of education (mostly executive business & politics) without having doctorates.
Tressel already has a Master's in Education and I wouldn't imagine that it would take him much time to earn a Ph.D in the few years if he wanted to be come a real player for become the President here at Ohio State.

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The TresselMeyer's picture

Did you mean, "I heard it was a very hard class"? I can't imagine a principles of coaching class being too demanding....

Brady Hoke's reaction to the Urban Meyer hire: "Not good."

Goalscorer9's picture

The class was what you put into it.  Had to do high school game scouting reports, and I traveled all over the state trying to see teams that were actually really good, so that took some time.  Getting up for 7:00am class at the WHAC a few times a week wasn't always the most fun, but definitely worth it.  I think we had about 5 reports to do in 10 weeks, and a few quizes/exams (pretty easy).

I have heard it's kind of tough to get an A in the class, but I got one no probs.  It was a bigger time commitment than I was expecting, as I did have to pull an all nighter to finish up my final portfolio.  (Got kind of behind while working on my 5 actual engineering classes haha) My guess is 30%-40% of the class dropped pretty early on after they had gotten over the thrill of meeting coach, whether that was due to workload or the early class time, I don't know

Texas Buckeye's picture

I'm actually signed up to taking that same class this upcoming semester. I'm not sure how different it would be to take a class taught by Urban as opposed to one taught by Tressel. I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge though.

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CowCat's picture

You better not be late to class with Urban  :)

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Goalscorer9's picture

Is Urban teaching it?  I heard he doesn't teach the class (part of the "not taking on extra responsibilities" thing) and the class is taught by some random dude with no connection to the football team.  Granted that was last year I think, and things could have changed this year.  My old roommate tried to take it last year and was extremely disappointed.

I hope I'm wrong and you get to have class with Urban, that would be sweet!

Texas Buckeye's picture

I just had the first class today and to say that I'm pumped would be a major understament. Urban did come in and spoke to us for about half the class. Based on the syllabus that we were given, it definitely sounds like it's going to be a lot of work but motivation to do the work is not going to be an issue. Urban will be giving a couple of lectures form time to time, but it looks like most of the teaching will come from the rest of the staff. 

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buckskin's picture

You make good points, but I guarantee Tressel would make a good president for the OSU.

741's picture

Young people.

FROMTHE18's picture

be one hell of a 3-year comeback.

AJW_16's picture

The college football commentariat (Forde, Hayes, May, et al.) are licking their lips in anticipation of this happening; some of them have already begun to outline their sanctimonious columns if Akron tabs Tress for President.
In all seriousness, I think Tress would be great in this role.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

Cincinnati Mac's picture

So the Senator is going to upgrade to President.
Me likey.

Hovenaut's picture

Not sure I see him at the post, but I agree he's worthy of consideration.

SaltyD0gg's picture

Isn't OSU on the hunt for a new president? Now THAT would be a comeback. Gee could once again hope that Tress wouldn't fire him!

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

If and only if he does get the job at Akron, I could see him staying there for a few years and then trying to get into a bigger school.

ChazBuckeye's picture

This would be the best thing for him to be quite honest.  I just can't see him being a HC for a while and this would be a perfect job for him in the meanwhile (if he actually decides to coach again).  Glad to hear this story...good things.

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BuckGnome's picture

Akron???  I'd vote Tress for POTUS!

steensn's picture

Why not have him replace Gee?

BrewstersMillions's picture

Oh man, wouldn't that be a giant flip of the bird? The fake rage that hire would cause would be must see TV...

DefendYoungstown's picture

I was pulling for him to take the helm at YSU.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

buckskin's picture

Great story for the Vest.  Cut your teeth at Akron for 3 years, by that time there will be at least 50 more football scandals and Tatgate will be history.  Then come home.  Ohio, land of forgiveness and redemption.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

I like Happy Endings.............

rightfield's picture

I  would vote for Tress as the USA president let alone a university president. I think everyone has the right idea here, a few years as Akron president and then time for the double middle finger to the NCAA.... Tressel named president of The Ohio State University.  

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