UPDATE: 'I am excited to be a Zip,' Tressel says

AKRON — “I am excited to be a Zip,” former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel told members of the news media today as the University of Akron today named him to a vice president’s position.

According to the Akron beacon Journal, Tressel will be in charge of “strategic engagement” for the university and will be paid a base salary of $200,000.

The newspaper reported Tressel played a key role in the search for a football coach that led to the hiring of Terry Bowden and since then has remained in touch with university officials, said UA President Luis Proenza.

It was after those discussions, Proenza said, that he began talking to Tressel about returning to UA.

Tressel, who earned his master’s degree in education at UA and was once part of the Zips football coaching staff, said it is nice to come home.

He said met with UA students before the press conference.

“It is great to come back to the place that gave me my first chance,” he said.

Tressel, according to media reports in Columbus, sold his Upper Arlington home recently. He recently was under consideration for a coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts.

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