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.