(NEW YORK) — Former Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel spent this past year as a game-day replay assistant for the Indianapolis Colts, and was even a candidate for the team’s recent head coaching vacancy. Now, he’s heading back to the state of Ohio.
Tressel has agreed to join the University of Akron, but not as a coach. Tressel has announced at a press conference that he will be the vice president of strategic engagement at the university. Tressel will interact with alumni as well as interact with the Akron community to help students succeed at the university. Tressel also said that he believes his on-the field career is over and has no plans to coach at the NFL level.
“I cannot have day-to-day contact with the football team,” Tressel said via the Columbus Dispatch. “But they don’t need another coach. I’ll have my hands full getting excited with the visions we have here.”
Tressel coached at Ohio State from 2001-2010 but left the school after reports of alleged NCAA violations.
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