Jim Tressel Embraces Second Career

By DJ Byrnes on November 29, 2013 at 10:54a

From ESPN:

Tressel is no longer coaching, at least not directly, after a 36-year career. Nearly three full seasons have passed since he last led the Ohio State Buckeyes onto the field. The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, which Tressel dominated during a decade as Buckeyes coach, resumes Saturday at Michigan Stadium, but Tressel won't be there.

His coaching career, which featured national championships at two levels of college football, ended on a sour note on Memorial Day of 2011, when he resigned at Ohio State amid an NCAA investigation. His career is at least on pause and perhaps over for good. But Tressel, Akron's vice president for student success, is still teaching and impacting young people, perhaps now more than ever.

"Coaching is teaching," he said. "My division of student success is just the effort for us to be successful with 26, 27 thousand students, as opposed to student success for 100 [players]. Recruiting is recruiting; it's just a larger group of prospects. Advising is advising. Financial aid, not much different than where are we going to spend our scholarships when we had X number in football.

This goes to show how good people will always rise to the top. Hard to believe it's been over two years since Tressel resigned, and even harder to picture him in Akron colors as the Vice President of Student Success.

Still, class is forever. 


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toledo_buckeye's picture

Still a class act and I will always be grateful for the decade he brought to us.

Hovenaut's picture

It's great to read that Coach Tressel has continued to do good things in a leadership role, this time in an acade_ic setting.

Always a Buckeye.

rightfield's picture

He is All star Class all day everyday. He doesn't have to work at it, it is who he is. I am grateful for the great years he gave us Buckeye fans and hope he gets to come back to OSU as school president or some similar manner.

Its good to be the king

captain obvious's picture

For the record Akron's colors are Navy and Gold nothing like _aize and blue  
 co_pletely different.
He's a Buckeye for life.

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

gwalther's picture

Tressel til I die.

Class of 2008

aabuckeye's picture

I'd like to see him back coaching somewhere. He's too good not to.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Will always be my favorite coach in sports.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Young_Turk's picture

Wish I had Tress as a coach, teacher, mentor, father.  Best wishes to you Coach Tress!