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Tressel eyeing a return to school — as an administrator?

Jim Tressel, Lloyd Carr AP

After reportedly interviewing twice for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching vacancy, Jim Tressel was passed over for the job in favor of Chuck Pagano.

With uncertainty swirling around his NFL prospects — the former Ohio State head coach spent last season as a game-day replay consultant for the Colts — and a five-year show-cause sanction from the NCAA still hanging over his head, Tressel’s future in coaching is very much uncertain at this point.  Reportedly, however, the Sweatervest is mulling a move back to the collegiate level in a capacity other than coaching.

In a tweet sent out by Adam Schefter Sunday morning, the ESPN NFL insider writes “[w]ord around league is that Jim Tressel is now interested in going back to school, at Ohio St. or somewhere, as a college administrator.”

The speculation makes sense on a couple of fronts.  Prior to his scandal-plagued departure from the Buckeyes, it was thought that, once his coaching career had come to an end, Tressel would move on and become an athletic director, perhaps even at his beloved OSU — provided he didn’t make a run for political office, of course.

Additionally, the scope of the show-cause penalty is limited to coaching, and would have no impact if he wanted to become an administrator.

The only part of the Schefter’s speculation that likely wouldn’t match reality?  Including Ohio State as a potential administrative destination.  Based on his tumultuous departure and how little distance there’s been since, it seems highly unlikely OSU would want to partake in a reunion for the foreseeable future.

Youngstown State, on the other hand, would jump at the opportunity to bring Tressel back home.  Whether Tressel would want to go back to the Div. I-A school where he won four national titles is another matter entirely.

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18 Responses to “Tressel eyeing a return to school — as an administrator?”
  1. supremeomega says: Jan 29, 2012 1:24 PM

    Threw his life away for Terelle freakin Pryor…sad

  2. lemmam says: Jan 29, 2012 1:55 PM

    @supremeomega – excellent comment. covering for terrel pryor has always baffled me. tressel did not have enough discipline on this team. it also amazes me that he’s been criticized more than paterno. paterno was the king at psu & anything paterno wanted was done

  3. irishking says: Jan 29, 2012 2:43 PM

    Tressel has been hammered hard enough and he surely is kicking himself every day about the foolish things he did. Hopefully he can move on to a gratifying position somewhere.

  4. grhopper says: Jan 29, 2012 4:30 PM

    Tressel as an AD…great, now he can cheat and lie at a higher level!

  5. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:45 PM

    To forgive is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza:-)

  6. southyank7 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    i pray now for the kids under his watch
    Once a cheater ALWAYS a cheater
    i wouldn’t trust my kids @ a school that employs him

  7. frank booth says: Jan 29, 2012 7:13 PM

    Why would someone want him at a higher level to infect their program and create the same culture at another school?

  8. polegojim says: Jan 29, 2012 9:38 PM

    I like Jim Tressel

    Best Wishes from this Michigan fan.

    Give it a rest folks.

  9. mrslay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:06 PM

    Agree Michigan fan… It was not all his fault as Ohio state has let way to much slide for a long time, and that is not the coach. He just had to take the hit for all the administration. He will do well again somewhere and should. He has done a lot of good as well!

  10. supremeomega says: Jan 29, 2012 11:09 PM

    I am a OSU fan and alum. I loved Tress but don’t feel sorry for him because all he had to do was report the violation and the players get 3 games and everyone goes on with the season. He didn’t want to risk his #1 rated team and a shot at a NC so he lied and cheated and threw his career away…

    He sold his soul to get Clarett and Pryor. Both burned him they got Clarett out of there before he could snitch…

    It’s sad because he would have coached OSU another 10 years and probably won another title then became AD…

  11. iplaybad says: Jan 30, 2012 6:11 AM

    I’M ON IT!

  12. showerswithsandusky says: Jan 30, 2012 8:03 AM

    Jim Tressel > Joe Paterno

  13. dkhhuey says: Jan 30, 2012 9:43 AM

    I would love to see Jimmy T back at work in college football but I agree with JT on this one – I don’t think OSU would be a good fit for him right now! There is just too much fresh blood still on the carpet and wounds need time to heal! Good Luck Jim!!!

  14. sprizzle2182 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:19 AM

    i feel bad for the Vest….i personally think the pros are the best fit for him so he wont be responsibible for what a bunch of 18-24 year old kids are doing in their free time…is he at fault for lying about what was going on? of course, but should he be kept from coaching for the rest of his life? no….i dont think college admin would be a good fit since its already been proven that he will be dishonest in order to win, but i do hope he can find something that fits him and his family…on the plus side, i think the horrible issues at Penn State have helped take some heat off OSU….

  15. rumorg says: Jan 30, 2012 12:02 PM

    Yes, Tressel definitely belongs in politics…..with his ability to stare into a camera and lie, he will fit right in. Fear the vest? I don’t think so.

  16. dalep526 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:29 PM

    I drank the Tressel koolaid when he was here at OSU and bought into his self proclaimed “man of integrity” declaration. He had to be held to a higher standard and he failed. The kids were wrong and he let it slide. We all lie and some may cheat on their taxes, but some things are just beyond cutting someone some slack. Adultry in marriage, cheating someone intentionally, and lying that hurts and affects so many. Tressel was paid millions of dollars for his coaching responsibilities and along with that his representation of the school. He shouldn’t be allowed to come back in the same capacity or in administration either. He did stare into the camera and lie to us all. I could forgive Woody Hayes for punching that kid from Clemson easier than I could for what Tressel has done to the Buckeye Nation.

  17. polegojim says: Jan 30, 2012 1:28 PM

    Now wouldn’t this be interesting….

  18. mogogo1 says: Jan 30, 2012 7:18 PM

    People are pretty forgiving and have very short attention spans. Tressel isn’t even the largest Big 10 scandal of the year…he’ll be hired by somebody as a head coach within a couple years. And that is why I doubt any school will be into hiring him as an administrator. Nobody wants an AD that will jump at the first opportunity to get back into coaching.

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