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.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.
Well here’s a bit of a shocker for you this morning. UCLA running back Myles Jack has reportedly withdrawn from UCLA and will prepare to enter the NFL Draft in 2016. The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.
Jack has played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, and his decision to turn pro now comes off feeling a bit strange. Head coach Jim Mora certainly questions the decision by Jack.
“I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to ….where he fits,” Mora explained, via Thamel. “I’ve been in 25 Draft rooms. I’ve never seen a guys taken off (two games of junior tape)… Myles’ talent is without question. I hope he’s put enough out there where they can get a true evaluation.”
Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury last month in a practice. The injury led USC Athletics Director Pat Haden to send him a letter wishing him well in a sign of good sportsmanship between conference and crosstown rivals. Perhaps the season-ending injury led Jack to consider the consequences of returning in 2016 in a UCLA uniform, with players not being compensated for their play. The question then becomes if Jack is a good enough talent to go in round one, or even round two, considering the latest injury situation for him.
Well, here is the instant opinion of our friend Josh Norris of Rotoworld and an NFL Draft analyst…
Jack was a two-time second team All-Pac-12 selection and Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.