Jim Tressel among 3 finalists to lead Akron

The Associated Press
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel address members of the media during a news conference Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel apologized for letting people down by violating NCAA rules, calling it "a difficult past couple of months." (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Jim Tressel among 3 finalists to lead Akron

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel address members of the media during a news conference Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel apologized for letting people down by violating NCAA rules, calling it "a difficult past couple of months." (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.

Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

A campus email Tuesday from Akron trustees says the finalists include provosts from two other schools - Scott Scarborough of the University of Toledo and Ronald Nykiel (neye-KEEL') of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Trustees say each finalist will spend one day next week interviewing with advisory groups. The school's current president, Luis Proenza (proh-EN'-zah), is leaving his position in June.

Tressel also applied to be president at Youngstown State University, where he previously coached.

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