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Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:03 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

You can't really blame Akron fans for getting their hopes up, can you? 

Jim Tressel was once a graduate assistant for the Zips, and he is more-or-less available, and he may have even been at an Akron basketball game recently. (Possibly. Maybe. Though probably not.) Given the hopeless mess the Akron program finds itself in after the recently dimissed Rob Ianello's two-year, 2-22 tenure, if we were Zips fans, we'd start a Facebook page asking the Vest to come coach our team, too.

But alas, it's not to be. Zips athletic director Tom Wistrcill said in a statement released Tuesday evening that while he had at least spoken to the former wildly successful Ohio State head coach, Tressel had told him thanks-but-no-thanks.

“While Coach Tressel has shared with us that he is not interested in coaching at Akron," Wistrcill said, "he has graciously volunteered to help his alma mater however he can during the search for our next football coach."

As reported by the Akron Beacon-JournalWistrcill had originally stated he would not be making any public statements following Ianello's firing, but that the widespread nature of the Tressel-to-Akron rumors within the Zips community had demanded a response.

Even if Tressel had been interested, however, the odds the Zips could have actually hired him were awfully long to begin with. Though not yet official, it remains highly likely that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions will punish Tressel for his role in the recent Buckeye scandals and cover-ups with a show-cause order, one that would make him all but unemployable at the NCAA level. Tressel will not be hired by anyone, Akron or otherwise, this 2011 offseason.

So where will the Zips turn instead? Paul Winters, former Zip and Akron assistant and current head coach at Division II Wayne State, is currently considered the most likely choice. Another name floated has been Toledo offensive coordinator Matt Campbell.

Photoshop of Tressel in Akron regalia via "We Want Jim Tressel for Akron Zips Football" Facebook page. Your optimism is sincerely saluted and admired, gentlemen.

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:31 am

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

"LSUSMC, that answer is only acceptable in SEC land."

Is that because lying is so acceptable is Big 10 country?  Everything I said was true.  If you can't handle the truth or simply do not want to accept it, that is your issue.  If you have proof of any wrongdoing, point it out.  If you don't understand the difference between speculation and fact, I cannot help you.  Nor do I want to. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:08 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

LSUSMC, that answer is only acceptable in SEC land.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:27 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Sorry, but this is just too good to pass up.  There are many web sites (not ESPN, CBS, etc. who have a money stake in the SEC) that are tracking a disgraced booster at Alabama who has pictures with every Alabama player he has given a free suit.  The NCAA alleges that the average tOSU player accepted $247, this would be >$1000.00 to EVERY STARTING PLAYER AT ALABAMA.  It will be interesting to see if the NCAA follows up, especially since every member of the infraction committee has ties to the SEC.  Alabama is aware of this but has not reported it to the SEC of the NCAA.

As for Scam Netwon, it is my understanding that the money was delivered to the the father's church as an anonymous donation.  The money could not be traced back to a pay-to-play transaction, but the fact that the dad's church was about to be condemned by the city and then suddenly had the money to complete the required rehab would suggest that the money was paid.

But when it comes to the SEC, the truth doesn't matter. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:30 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

There is a big difference in what someone may think, and what we all know.  We all know Tressel lied and cheated.  Not even up for debate.  We all know that Miles discarded one player, and that player ended up on scholarship at Tennessee.  Those things are not up for debate, they are facts. 

Now, if you want to add up numbers from national signing day and say they add up to more than the total allowed, so be it.  But just because the signees add up to more than 85 does not mean that a coach has discarded kids.  Some of those signees do not qualify academically or others transfer every year due to a lack of playing time.  Happens every year.  If you want to say that SEC coaches are cheating, then find real proof, and not just throw your opinion out there.  If kids are being discarded, why are they so quiet about it.  When the ONE kid had it happen to him at LSU, everyone in the country knew about it.  Why only one if it happens so often? 

As far as Cam Newtown goes, what proof does anyone have that Cam knew.  Common sense would say he did, but common sense is not proof. 

There are things we know and things we think.  Some should learn the difference. 

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:13 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

I guess those tattoos those kids got helped them beat UM down so many times

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:36 am

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

I was a former player at Akron U.  I loved the school, but hated the program.  I experienced some of the worst coaching in my entire football career.  My little league coaches were better than them.  Coach Lee Owens was the worst.  Now he's coaching at Division II Ashland where he should be.  Paul Winters was an assistant coach at the time and he was just as bad.  If the Zips hire Paul Winters, affectionately known as "P-Dubb", their program will continue to suck!!!
Money mouth

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:48 am

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

His lies would fit in at Penn State very well.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:38 am

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Tressel won't ever coach anyplace that he can't cheat to obtain a personnel advantage over the rest of his conference.  It isn't going to happen for him at Akron.  Besides, he can make a comfortable living touring Ohio and having everyone tell him how he got "railroaded" and "victimized" by the NCAA.  

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:35 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

LSUSMC, fine Tressel was a liar and a cheater.

So to was Cam Newton and the commissioner of the SEC who publically said he believes that Cam Newton had no knowledge of what his father Cecil was doing. Please. 

Also, I find it funny that the SEC cash cow, the Sugar Bowl pleaded with Ohio State to keep Terrell Pryor eligible for the Sugar Bowl game. 

Who needs rules when money trumps all?  Right SEC faithtful?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:53 pm

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Go for it Tress!!! You're an awesome coach and it will get your foot in the door for another shot down the road and be good for Akron.  Of course, with all the firing you could find yourself at a big-name school this year even.  Good luck!  Sure you should have reported that trivial offense by your players, but at least you didn't buy them a house, pay them $200k, or take them on boatrides with hos!!!!

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