Former Ohio State HC Jim Tressel Says He Has No Desire to Coach Again

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who is a finalist in the search for a new president at two Ohio universities, has re-affirmed that he does not plan on returning to the sideline at any point, according to Karen Farkas of The Plain Dealer.

“I did it for 38 years and enjoyed every minute of it,” said Tressel, “…(but) I do not wake up in the morning and say I wish I was coaching. Sometimes I read the paper and say I am glad I am not coaching.”

Tressel resigned as OSU’s head coach in 2011 with the school and program facing NCAA sanctions for a “lack of institutional control,” according to Doug Lesmerises of The Plain Dealer.

Specifically, Tressel did not report the impermissible benefits that he knew some of his Buckeyes—chief among them star quarterback Terrelle Pryor—had received.

The NCAA hit Tressel with a five-year “show-cause” penalty at the time, which would put the burden of proof on any school that hires him to avoid receiving sanctions—to “show cause” that they don’t deserve it.

According to Farkas, that penalty is set to expire Dec. 19, 2016.

Tressel is currently a finalist for the presidency at Youngstown State University—where he coached for 15 seasons and won four Division I-AA national titles before heading to Columbus—and the University of Akron. He has worked at Akron for the past two years as the executive vice president for student success, although he was also called in to consult with…

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