One Year Later, Tressel Remains Open to Coaching
By Brandon Castel
It has been nearly one full year since Jim Tressel’s last day as the head football coach at The Ohio State University.
The 59-year old Cleveland native was forced to resign last Memorial Day after six months of turmoil surrounding the Buckeyes, and a cover-up that led to multi-game suspensions for a number of Ohio State’s most high-profile players.
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The NCAA hit Tressel with a five-year ‘show-cause’ penalty, but that doesn’t mean he has given up the idea of coaching again one day. On Tuesday, Tressel joined ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland on the Really Big Show with Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer.
He was asked about his current job at the University of Akron, his interaction with current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and even OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith.
Tressel was also asked if getting back into coaching is something he would like to do at some point.
“I wouldn’t sit here today and say it’s something that I want to do but you never know what lies out there,” Tressel said.
“I didn’t know for sure I’d be sitting here today. Three years ago, if I was on my tip-toes looking into the future I would’ve I’m sure been surprised that this would’ve been the future so you never know.”
Three years ago, Tressel was in the prime of his coaching career at Ohio State. After 15 years as the head coach at Youngstown State University, Tressel helped the Buckeyes win their first National Championship in more than three decades in just his second year at the helm.
He was 94-22 overall and 59-14 in 10 seasons at Ohio State, and that doesn’t include the 2010 season, which has since been vacated. Tressel went 9-1 against Michigan and the Buckeyes won or shared six-straight Big Ten titles under his watch, but Tressel seems to be enjoying his new job on the academic side of things.
“The old Athletic Director at Akron taught me years ago when I came as a grad assistant, he said ‘keep your mind and your rear-end in the same place,’ ” Tressel added.
“He didn’t exactly say it that way, but you know what I’m saying. My mind is here, I’m loving every day and what the future holds who knows? But I know this; I will give everything I’ve got here so this place will never get short sold and I’m enjoying the heck out of it.”
It was back in February that Tressel accepted a non-athletic-department position with Akron, where he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant back in 1975. He is still working with kids, while helping the Zips raise money and expand the scope of their influence in the state of Ohio.
Tressel has always been good at those things.
That doesn’t mean he can’t tell the difference between being a college administrator and coaching the game he was taught to love by his father, Lee Tressel, a Hall of Fame coach at Baldwin-Wallace College.
“The part away from the field obviously I miss,” Tressel said.
“The good news is though the best part of coaching is working with youngsters, watching them grow up and helping them get ready for life. Of course I miss the chess game and the smell of the grass and all the rest but I would say that probably 75 percent of our time was spent just working with kids and trying to recruit kids which we will be doing here for different reasons.”
For guys like Tressel, there is nothing like the excitement of a football game on Saturday’s in the fall. That part of the game is something he will always miss, no matter how many seminars he gets to speak at or how many kids he has a chance to impact in his new role.
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