Tressel among Akron presidential applicants

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes former coach Jim Tressel is held by players from his 2002 National Championship team in a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium.

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The University of Akron has released a list of 19 applicants for the school’s soon to be open president’s job, and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is among them.

Tressel, 61, was promoted to executive vice president at the University of Akron in December, his third promotion in 19 months since starting work there.

The university release about the presidency said the search process is going "as anticipated." Tressel is one of four candidates who does not hold a doctoral degree.

In a January radio interview in Columbus, Tressel said he was at a moment in his life "Where there are a lot of things swirling around," with University of Akron president Luis Proenza retiring and the football coaching carousel then in full swing.

Tressel did not end up accepting a football job. Proenza officially exits Akron on June 15.

Tressel also has had his name linked to the open presidency at Youngstown State University, where he coached before taking the Ohio State job. He has made no public comment about his level of interest in either position.

He was the Ohio State coach for 10 years, winning a national championship in 2002, before he was forced out in May 2011 in the aftermath of a memorabilia scandal.

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