Jim Tressel interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts for their head coaching position roughly a week and a half ago. Now it looks like Tressel may be headed back to college with the University of Akron in an administrative role.
Pat Galbincea of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the story and says that an announcement could come as early as Thursday.
According to a Sports Illustrated article, Tressel has been surrounded by his fair share of violations, and the more recent sanctions against Ohio State and himself are still fresh in everyone's mind. I don't know how having these black marks against a coach qualifies him for an administrative role.
The penalty handed down to Tressel from the NCAA was a five-year, show-cause penalty, meaning a school would have to present its case and receive special permission to hire Tressel as coach.
I'm a Youngstown State alum, and I grew up in Jim Tressel country. I met him when I was a young boy at a basketball game, and he was honestly one of the kindest people I've ever met. I've been a fan of his since before I can remember, but now might not be the right time for a university to hire him in any role.
I understand The University of Akron football team has been bad lately, really bad. Back to back 1-11 finishes are never a good thing, and the last winning season was in 2005 (a 7-6 finish). Getting your university, your alumni and your students excited about Akron football again is important, and hiring Tressel, even in a non-athletic administrative role, would create buzz. But you risk creating the wrong kind of buzz for the university.
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