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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel speaks after being introduced as the new vice president for strategic engagement at the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. Tressel has applied to become president at Youngstown State University less than a month after he applied for the same position at the University of Akron. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

It has been almost three years since Jim Tressel resigned as Ohio State head coach, and despite being away from football for so long, Tressel told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he doesn’t plan to ever return to the sidelines.

“I did it for 38 years and enjoyed every minute of it,” said Tressel, whose NCAA-imposed show-cause penalty ends on Dec. 19, 2016. “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. But on Saturdays or Sunday afternoons during playoff games it is exciting and I may yell ‘Call a time out!’ But I do not foresee any interest in coaching. I have got more important things to do. Not that it (coaching) is unimportant.”

Tressel is currently the executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron and is currently a finalist to be the school’s next president. Tressel, 61, is also a candidate for president at Youngstown State University, where he was head coach from 1986-2000.

Tressel served as head coach of the Buckeyes from 2000-2011 and accumulated a 106-22 record before he resigned amid NCAA violations. The violations resulted in scholarship losses and a bowl ban for the Buckeyes.

Besides a one-season stint as a consultant with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, Tressel has not coached since leaving Ohio State.

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