Could Jim Tressel be the next president of Akron?

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Jim Tressel could be the next president of the University of Akron
Jim Tressel could be the next president of the University of Akron. (USATSI)

On Wednesday the Akron Beacon-Journal reported that University of Akron president, Luis Proenza, would be stepping down from his position next June. Which is news that currently has you wondering why in the hell Eye On College Football would be writing about it. I mean, it's not the Eye On University Presidents.

Well, there's a reason we bring it up, and it's got nothing to do with Proenza but rather one of the rumored candidates to replace him. When you keep reading the Akron Beacon-Journal's story you find this.

Many rumors suggest that Jim Tressel, the former Ohio State football coach who is UA vice president for strategic engagement, would be named interim president or president when Proenza departs.

"He's probably going to be a candidate, but that's about all we can say at this point," Pogue said in an interview Monday. "We're not in any rush."

And now you know why we bring it up.

Now, Tressel has been working at Akron as the vice president for strategic engagement since February 2012, and he also got his master's degree from the school back in 1977. Still, school presidents are generally the academic types, not the former football coach type. But one of the functions of a school president is to help raise money for the school, and you have to think it wouldn't be all that hard for Jim Tressel to do that in the state of Ohio.

So even if it sounds strange, it could certainly happen.

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