Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who is a finalist in the search for a new president at two Ohio universities, has re-affirmed that he does not plan on returning to the sideline at any point, according to Karen Farkas of The Plain Dealer.
"I did it for 38 years and enjoyed every minute of it," said Tressel, "...(but) I do not wake up in the morning and say I wish I was coaching. Sometimes I read the paper and say I am glad I am not coaching."
Specifically, Tressel did not report the impermissible benefits that he knew some of his Buckeyes—chief among them star quarterback Terrelle Pryor—had received.
The NCAA hit Tressel with a five-year "show-cause" penalty at the time, which would put the burden of proof on any school that hires him to avoid receiving sanctions—to "show cause" that they don't deserve it.
According to Farkas, that penalty is set to expire Dec. 19, 2016.
Tressel is currently a finalist for the presidency at Youngstown State University—where he coached for 15 seasons and won four Division I-AA national titles before heading to Columbus—and the University of Akron. He has worked at Akron for the past two years as the executive vice president for student success, although he was also called in to consult with the Indianapolis Colts after his suspension in 2011.
Before leaving the sidelines, Tressel was one of the most storied coaches in program and college football history, coaching Ohio State to a 106-22 record, three BCS National Championship Game appearances and one national title in 10 seasons with the team.
His return to the coaching ranks always seemed like a pipe dream, but now it is an even longer shot than that. Especially if he wins the presidency at either school, his career is now fixed on administration.
To which it is hard not to share the concise-but-perfect sentiment of Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer:
Amen to that.
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