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Ohio State ex-coach Tressel applies to lead Akron

Published: March 21, 2014 12:10 PM

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has applied to become interim president at the University of Akron.

The school says he's among 19 applicants.

Current President Luis Proenza (proh-EN'-zah) is leaving his position in June. The school says it's accepting applications until it fills the job.

Tressel has worked as an administrator at Akron for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal that led to NCAA sanctions.

In his cover letter to Akron trustees, Tressel says he understands they're seeking a permanent president but suggests himself as an interim leader who knows the school and its challenges and could help in the transition.

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

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