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Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel applied to be the next President at Akron

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 16: Jim Tressel speaks during the Sports Network's 27th Annual FCS Awards Presentation at the Sheraton Society Hill on December 16, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

It has been almost three years since former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel resigned amid the infamous memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal among several of his Buckeye players.

Since then, Tressel worked with the Indianapolis Colts for a brief time and has recently been working within the athletic department of the University of Akron, but now he has his sights set on bigger things.

Tressel, who has been working as the school’s executive vice president for student success, is now one of 19 candidates to become the next president at Akron according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Current Akron president Luis Proenza will step down after 15 years on June 30, and on January 25 Tressel wrote that he should be named interim president. Then on February 25, he reportedly submitted an “enthusiastic application” for the presidency.

According to the Dealer:

He said the university is at a crossroads that an external candidate may not be able to "competitively navigate." He wrote the first phase of his presidency would involve ""tough, transparent decisions that would be disruptive to the status quo" to stabilize the university's fiscal health.

Tressel has also been linked to the presidential opening at Youngstown State where he was head coach from 1986-2000.

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