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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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Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

I'm not excusing what Tressel did either. I was very disappointed in him. Yet, for any SEC fan to get on a blog and talk about cheating is pretty laughable. And if you think that Miles has dicarded only one player in his time coaching his "damn strong team", you truly are clueless. Sheer numbers of players signed compared to what the actual scholarship limit will tell you that discarding players from the SEC combine is a regular occurrence. And those are recruiting violations that result in an unfair competitive advantage, because they insure that the best players make the cut. And the others? They mysteriously fall off the map. Wonder where they all went? Oversigning is the only reason for the SEC's recent run. Miles, Saban and Petrino (the worst offenders) know it. Otherwise they would have stopped it years ago, or even more, never did it to begin with. But even Saban has been quoted in saying that oversigning has benefitted his program. Duh! I can be a helluva coach if I were able to draft 10 more players than teams in another conference.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

LSUSMC,

Do you mean cheating as in, "We sign 10 players extra a year, try 'em out in spring and keep the best and discard the rest" cheating like LSU does, or "I kept a secret from the NCAA that some of my players sold what they earned on the field of play without cheating" cheating like Tressel? Help me out there.

NO.  I mean cheating as in knowingly players ineligible players.  Nor do I mean lying to the NCAA when they asked if he knew of any wrongdoings.  He cheated and he lied.  Twist it any way you want, but he cheated and he lied.  I love saying that.

As far as Miles goes, he did "discard" one student during his time at LSU, and it was an absloute pathetic thing for him to do.  One kid, one time.  Still pathetic.  Notice how I don't try to twist or excuse my coach's wrongdoings.  I hope that helps.   





Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

LSUSMC,

Do you mean cheating as in, "We sign 10 players extra a year, try 'em out in spring and keep the best and discard the rest" cheating like LSU does, or "I kept a secret from the NCAA that some of my players sold what they earned on the field of play without cheating" cheating like Tressel? Help me out there.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

He will probably be coaching the Indianapolis Colts next year.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Are the folks at Akron not bright enough to realize that tressel will receive a show-cause order from the NCAA and he will not be eligible to coach anyway.  Of course, the folks in Ohio seem to have problems with eligibility issues anyway, so maybe they do not understand.  Asking a cheater and liar to coach your team is pretty pathetic anyway.  Keep throwing stones at the SEC if it makes you feel better, but it was tressel that was the liar and cheater. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

HAHAHAHA. THAT WAS GREAT BOXER3JIM.



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Sorry, Akron: Jim Tressel's not interested

Perhaps Tressel needs to go coach in the SEC, where Slive, Emmert, and the rest of the slime will teach him how to properly pay players and NOT get caught.  He will have access to unlimited payrolls, doesn't have to worry about graduation rates or if kids even GO to class, where felonies and crimes go unreported/covered up, and nonexistant entrance exams.  Heck, oh Jimmy would be unstoppable down there, look what he accomplshed at The Ohio State U!!!!


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