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Jim “The Senator” Tressel thinking about presidency at Akron

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Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel picked up the nickname The Senator somewhere along the line. Now an administrator at Akron following his surprising exit in Columbus, Tressel may have his sights set on a new nickname. How about Mr. President?

The Associated Press is reporting Tressel has filed his application for consideration to become the next university president at Akron. He is one of 19 applicants for the position that will become vacant in June. Akron’s current president, Luis Proenza, is leaving the position at that time. Tressel has previously built up the momentum for his candidacy by writing to trustees selling himself as a valuable candidate as an interim leader due to his familiarity with the university’s operations, goals and challenges. Tressel has been working as an administrator for the past two years at Akron.

There is little question Tressel is a college guy. He has been in the college coaching or administrative game for the past three and a half decades dating back to his time with Youngstown State and Ohio State. Tressel always seemed like the kind of character who could be placed in a higher role than head coach, perhaps as an athletics director. Shooting for president at Akron should not be a surprise.

Some still had a feeling that one day Tressel would be involved with a college football program again in some capacity, myself included. Perhaps this is a sign that the man in the sweater vest has put football behind him.

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7 Responses to “Jim “The Senator” Tressel thinking about presidency at Akron”
  1. dumbpollack says: Mar 21, 2014 7:43 PM

    I am and will always be in that man’s corner.

  2. mtheparrothead says: Mar 22, 2014 8:35 AM

    Tressel has previously built up the momentum for his candidacy by writing to trustees selling himself…

    So this time he’s selling himself instead of covering up selling issues? Class act indeed.

  3. denn2345 says: Mar 22, 2014 10:46 AM

    I don’t see how anyone would trust this man with a football program. And now he thinks he is justified enough to run a pretty prestigious University. The fact he has written to trustees selling his self when presidents are usually chosen says enough !

  4. steeler1nation says: Mar 22, 2014 1:17 PM

    Tressel is a great, great man. Love the guy. Class act all the way.

  5. tominma says: Mar 23, 2014 7:33 AM

    Given his past, I wouldn’t let this guy anywhere near a college campus in any position!

  6. ninerfan81 says: Mar 23, 2014 10:08 AM

    most college Presidents dedicated their lives to education, research, scholarship, and classroom excellence, and most have PhD’s…this guy is not a college president, he’s a football coach, those are two very different things…I understand AD but not Prez

  7. billlittle09 says: Mar 23, 2014 12:19 PM

    He will so a good job until he decides to lie and cheat again. The guy did harm to OSU that will take decades to undo. He has shown himself to be weak and of poor judgement. Why would you want to defile your university’s reputation?

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