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Jim Tressel Will Serve As 'Vice President For Strategic Engagement' At University Of Akron

News broke last night that Jim Tressel, former head football coach at Ohio State, was closing in on an administrative position at the University of Akron. Now we have definitive word, as Akron introduced Tressel as "vice president for strategic engagement" in a news conference this morning.

"It's always important where you are and to come back to the place that gave you your first chance," Tressel said, according to NewsChannel 5 in Akron.

Tressel landed his first coaching job at Akron, working there as a graduate assistant from 1975 to '78.

The former coach will begin in his new administrative role on May 1. He is expected to make approximately $200,000 per year.

The 59-year-old Tressel spent 15 years as a head coach at Youngstown State followed by 10 more at Ohio State. He resigned as the Buckeyes' coach in May amid allegations of numerous NCAA rule violations. He leaves behind a 229-79-2 career record as a college head coach.

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