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Akron hires Tressel for nonathletic job

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will be Akron’s first vice president of strategic engagement.

Associated Press

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will be Akron’s first vice president of strategic engagement.

AKRON, Ohio — Jim Tressel is getting a second chance at the school where he started.

Tressel, who in May resigned as Ohio State coach amid a cash-for-tattoos scandal, was hired by Akron on Thursday as vice president of strategic engagement, a position created for him.

Tressel, who starts May 1, will earn a base salary of $200,000 per year, about $3 million less than he made during the last of his 10 years at Ohio State.

"I feel fortunate that I got this opportunity," said Tressel, an undergraduate assistant for the Zips in 1975 and who earned his master's degree in education from the school in 1977. "It's going to be a fun one."

Tressel, 59, who spent this season as a consultant with the Indianapolis Colts, will work with Akron's students, alumni and community organizations on a variety of issues. He will not be involved with the athletic department, one of the conditions of the five-year show-cause sanction he was given by the NCAA for the scandal.

Akron president Luis Proenza said he had no misgiving about hiring Tressel.

"Look at the man. Look at what he has done," he said. "Look at the thousands of lives he has impacted. We knew that was the asset; the opportunity. There was no question in my mind that for the university, for the community, for northeast Ohio, for the 30,000 students at Akron, this will make a difference."

USF might lose key recruiter to NFL

TAMPA — USF receivers coach Phil McGeoghan interviewed with the Dolphins to become assistant receivers coach.

McGeoghan, 32, with USF since 2009, was the primary recruiter for four-star tight end Sean Price and three-star recruits Chris Bivins (cornerback) and Tashon Whitehurst (linebacker).

There is no timetable for a decision by the Dolphins.

Tepper back: Former Illinois coach Lou Tepper was hired as Buffalo's defensive coordinator. Tepper, 66, most recently was defensive coordinator for the U.S. team that competed in the International Federation of American Football's World Cup.

Georgia: Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons sent his letter of intent. The nation's 17th-best recruit, according to ESPNU, announced his decision Wednesday but did not disclose why he held off making it official. He also was recruited by, among others, Florida and Florida State.

Houston: Students voted to impose a $45-per-semester fee on themselves to help pay for a new stadium and renovations to the basketball arena. Regents will vote on the $160 million project Feb. 15. Houston's current home, Robertson Stadium, was built in 1941 and seats only 32,000.

La. Tech: Running back Tyronne Duplessis, recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for 2010 and most of 2011, was found dead at his apartment. An autopsy is pending.

LSU: Coach Les Miles criticized Gunner Kiel, a touted quarterback out of Indiana, for decommitting from the school and enrolling at Notre Dame. "There was a gentleman from Indiana that thought about coming to the Bayou state," Miles said at a booster club meeting. "He did not necessarily have the chest and the ability to lead a program, so you know." Kiel orally committed to LSU after first doing so with Indiana.

Utah: Brian Johnson, who replaced Alex Smith at quarterback at the school and turns 25 next month, was named offensive coordinator. He also will remain quarterbacks coach. Johnson replaces Norm Chow, who became coach at Hawaii.

West Virginia: Defensive assistant Mike Smith returned to the Jets two weeks after being hired. Smith's title had not been determined. He will coach outside linebackers for the Jets.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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