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Jim Tressel hired at University of Akron

6:59 PM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON --  Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is going back to school - in a newly created position at the University of Akron.

The school announced Thursday that Tressel has been hired as vice president for strategic engagement and will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year. The job starts May. 1.

University officials say he will work with alumni, community organizations and friends of the school to develop strategies and efforts to help students succeed.

Akron President Luis Proenza says in a statement that Tressel will bring his energy, leadership, passion and compassion to the university.

Tressel was forced to resign last May amid a scandal at Ohio State. He met with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay about the team's head coaching position but didn't get the job. 

Spokesperson Eileen Korey said Tressel and school officials had been in discussions since December, when he assisted Akron in its search for a new football coach. Akron hired former Auburn coach Terry Bowden.

Jim's father, Lee Tressel, was the head football coach at Baldwin Wallace.  He guided BW to a Division III National Championship in 1978.



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