Ex-Ohio State Coach Tressel Hired as a Vice President at Akron

Jim Tressel
Former Ohio State Unversity football head coach Jim Tressel laughs following Terrelle Pryor's pro day at a practice facility on Aug. 20, 2011 in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania. Photographer: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

University of Akron hired former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel as an administrator, less than one year after he resigned from the Buckeyes amid an investigation into rules violations.

Tressel, 59, fills the school’s new job as vice president of strategic engagement, Akron said on its website. He will be responsible for managing relations between the Akron student body and its alumni and local community.

The job has a base salary of $200,000, according to the school. Tressel was scheduled to make almost $3.6 million in total compensation last year at Ohio State, based on a 2010 addendum to his contract.

A native of northeast Ohio, Tressel received his master’s degree in education from Akron in 1977. He served as a Zips assistant coach from 1975 to 1978.

He resigned from Ohio State in May, after a National Collegiate Athletic Association investigation revealed he knew about rules infractions by some of his players, who had sold or traded memorabilia to the owner of a tattoo parlor. The school vacated all 12 of its wins in the 2010 season, including a Sugar Bowl victory, following the NCAA investigation.

In September, Tressel was hired by the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts as a game-day adviser. Last month, after the ouster of coach Jim Caldwell, Tressel interviewed twice for the position, according to WBNS-TV in Columbus. The team later hired Chuck Pagano to replace Caldwell.

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