Ex-OSU coach Jim Tressel applies to lead Akron

Associated Press Published:

AKRON -- Former Ohio State Universityfootball coach Jim Tressel has applied to become president at the University of Akron.

The university says Tressel is among 19 applicants.

Current President Luis Proenza is leaving his position in June. The university says it will accept applications until it fills the job.

Tressel has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He is currently the vice president for student success at the University of Akron.

He took the Akron job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions.

Tressel sent Akron trustees two letters a month apart. In the first, he suggests himself as an interim leader who knows the school's challenges and could help in the transition. The second is his application to be president.

Tressel says he has 35 years of experience in higher education, including as Youngstown State's football coach.

Last month U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and 30 other community and business leaders wrote a letter to the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees, urging members to hire Tressel to lead that university.

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