Should Akron have hired Jim Tressel?

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AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron has named Jim Tressel as its vice president for strategic engagement.

UofA President Luis Proenza delivered the announcement at a news conference this morning. The former Ohio State head football coach followed his new boss to the podium.

Tressel, who grew up in Berea, was helpful to the university during its search for a head coach.

A university source on Wednesday night indicated Tressel had goals outside of athletics, and that the university was exploring those avenues.

UofA spokesperson Eileen Korey said in a prepared statement, “We share a common interest in innovative programs for student success. Our discussions continue.”

Sources have told this reporter of interest from Baldwin-Wallace, where he played college football under his late father, Lee Tressel.

Wittenberg University has also inquired about the ex-coach becoming an administrator.

In the past month, Tressel has interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts about their head coaching position.

Media reports in Columbus indicate that Tressel has sold his Upper Arlington home, preparing for a move to begin the next chapter of his career.

Tressel is also scheduled to appear today at his alma mater, Berea High School, for a fundraiser.