Jim Tressel wants to coach again; Jim Tressel is going to the Cleveland Browns; Jim Tressel is going to the Detroit Lions…we’ve heard them all. I guess he fooled everyone, as Tressel has reportedly applied to become the next president of the University of Akron.
According to Karen Farkas of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the former Ohio State Buckeyes coach is one of 19 candidates who have applied for the posting at Akron, where he is currently the school’s executive vice president for students.
The report states that Tressel first showed interest in the position back in January, after current university president Luis Proenza announced he would step down this summer. He sent a letter to the school to become interim president at that time.
In February, Tressel officially put his name in the hat as a candidate for the permanent position.
Tressel has been out of coaching since he resigned as Ohio State head football coach in 2011, after a string of NCAA violations was revealed. He has alluded on numerous occasions his desire to return to coaching, which has fueled the mostly NFL-related rumors.
Tressel is hampered in his coaching quest by two factors; obviously the NCAA violations are something that will haunt him for some time, but also his perceived inability to coach and motivate his teams in big games (at least not without “cheating”).
Beyond his administrative duties at Akron, Tressel has also taught a class entitled “Principles of Coaching”.
Insert your own joke here.