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Jim Tressel heads back to college, but not to coach

The Colts' Jim Tressel walks the field prior to an NFL football game in Indianapolis Reuters

Jim Tressel spent 2011 as a game day replay assistant with the Indianapolis Colts and was thought to be a candidate for their head coaching job before the team settled on Chuck Pagano.

Tressel won’t be sticking around for another year in the booth for the Colts. The former Ohio State head coach is headed back to the college ranks at the University of Akron. Tressel’s return to college is a but surprising since he was slapped with a show-cause penalty for the scandal that engulfed the Buckeyes before his departure. That means a school would need NCAA approval to hire him as a coach, but that’s not something Akron has to worry about.

Tressel announced at a press conference Thursday that he will be the vice president of strategic engagement at Akron. According to the school, the job responsibilities include interacting with alumni and the local community to help students succeed at the university. During the press conference, Tressel said that he thinks his on-field career is likely over and that he has no interest in coaching an NFL team.

“I cannot have day-to-day contact with the football team,” Tressel said, via the Columbus Dispatch. “But they don’t need another coach. I’ll have my hands full getting excited with the visions we have here.”

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5 Responses to “Jim Tressel heads back to college, but not to coach”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    How the might have fallen.

  2. dukemarc says: Feb 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    Who else here hates Terrelle Pryor?

  3. sambeall says: Feb 2, 2012 12:54 PM

    This is great for Tressel. He has always been a mentor and wanted to teach. Now he can help shape the University of Akron into a more respectable program. They have a great Sport Studies Department and top notch facilities not to mention the winning tradition in everything but football. Now with Bowden coaching and Jim Tressel’s vision and love for sports the University of Akron will be sky rocketing into the future. Go Zips!

  4. godofwine330 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    Anyway. I wish Tressel the best. I’d be nice if he could help turn the Zips into a winning program.

  5. aequitas83 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    Tressel has always been great at development. Perfect location for him, too. Cleveland and Youngstown love the man. I’d even say most of Columbus still respect him.

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