Jim Tressel Applies For Akron Presidency

By Johnny Ginter on March 22, 2014 at 10:31a

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Sorry Browns, Colts, Toledo, Bulls, Nuggets, Longhorns, Crew, Kings, Reds, Banana Slugs, Manchester United, and various little league tee ball fans, it looks like Jim Tressel is gunning for higher academia rather than heading back into coaching.

The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier today that former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is gunning for the job of President at the University of Akron, rather than looking for a head coaching job in football (as his show-cause penalty is starting to fade away like a fart in a crowded room).

Tressel sent Akron trustees two letters a month apart. In the first, he suggests himself as an interim leader who knows the school’s challenges and could help in the transition. The second is his application to be president. Tressel says he has 35 years of experience in higher education, including as Youngstown State’s coach.

You can check out his application in our Buckshot here. Best of luck to Tressel, and given his personality and background, this would be a great fit.

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VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

I hate that he's not getting back into coaching, of course I wouldn't want to have to play against teams he was coaching.  However, I'm glad he has found something he is interested in and feels he can make a difference, so all the power to him becoming the president at Akron, and hopefully someday he becomes the president of our great university.  I truly believe Tress has a heart for people, especially college kids, and will be a perfect fit to help guide and lead them.  I expect him to be an excellent, hands-on president.

+8 HS
Chief B1G Dump's picture

He is coaching...just at an expanded role.
Tressel is applying to coach an entire university. Not just X's and O's, but teaching them all about the game of life.
When you remove the cheese from those comments, in all honesty, I think Tressel would/will be very good in a Presidents role. His name alone will help garner attention and fundraising to a university, and thats half the game. Akron is a great proving ground for his next phase of life.

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VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

Agree!  Hadn't thought about it that way, but well said.  This is my +1 since I can't vote yet.

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sgehrich's picture

Good luck Tress! I've always hoped he'd get back into coaching, but if this makes him happy, I actually prefer it to him coaching (college at least...). This way I never have to worry about us playing a game with Tress on the other team's bench.

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Looks like a potential promotion from The Senator to The President!

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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gwalther's picture

I love Tressel. He'll be great for them....and maybe Ohio State in 5-10 years....!?!?!?!?

Class of 2008

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Seattle Linga's picture

Can you imagine what it would look like if UFM and JT worked together????????????

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hetuck's picture

There is much more to being a university president than having gone through the doctorate ritual. Name recognition and a willingness to raise money far outweighs a phd. I don't have a child, but if I did, I would be pushing them toward the corrosion studies program at Akron. Very few other college graduates get a six-figure salary out of college and there will be no shortage of pipelines in our future. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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BROSEPH's picture

Akron's engineering/materials program is fantastic.  Unless you get bad grades, there's almost certainty that you'll have a job in waiting before graduation and most have multiple offers they can choose from.  

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CowCat's picture

He will kick ass at whatever he chooses to do.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good for him.  Hope he gets it. 

Class of 2010.

+2 HS
OSUGoBucks414's picture

Hope he can get the job! He would certainly ZIP up the program! (puns definitely intended)

I'm not trying to win popularity poles, I'm trying to win football games. -Woody Hayes

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PittBuckeye's picture

I wouldn't have liked him at another big school coaching. This seems perfect for him. And you dont get much better name recognition in ohio than jimmy t

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buckfan38's picture

I go to Akron and I would be rather excited if he became our next president but I can tell you that many of the faculty would not be

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Seattle Linga's picture

I am sure some people don't like him but what do you know about the situation?

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sb97's picture

I imagine some people would feel like he was getting the job due to his celebrity and not his qualifications. 

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pamemake's picture

Integrity. Without it, you cannot be sitting in a Pres. chair.....unless the chair is in Ohio. No other place would take this man.

-10 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Hey!  The funny loser troll is back!  

Came out of your hole again.  Guess we should treat you like Whack a Mole.  

Useless except for a shot to the head.

Go Bucks!

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

The butthurt is strong with this one.

PameMike: awww buddy you need some Kleenex? Forever butthurt because Tressel owned Michigan for a decade. You'll never get over that, will you?

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Ericgobucks's picture

I am not sure if he can even reply to you because he's like -40 helmet stickers. Ha ha. 

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I always liked the ol' senator. He had me at "you'll be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan..." 

I'm torn on him not returning to coaching. On the one hand, he's pretty much made for it, but on the other hand I could see him drawing some pretty good in-state talent even if he were coaching for a smaller school. 

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Hope Tress didn't have to change phone numbers after deadspin posted his entire application. There were a couple ttun fans joking about harassing him in the comments.

Football is complicated...

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Ericgobucks's picture

Are you kidding me? That's such a Bush League stunt to publish his phone number. Way to go Deadspin. 

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Wish I was kidding about it. 

Football is complicated...

+2 HS
Ericgobucks's picture

Coach Tressel, I wish you well in any endeavor you choose. 

+2 HS