Jim Tressel's departure from Ohio State and the subsequent show-cause penalty he received from the NCAA made his next career move somewhat of a mystery.
He spent the past football season as a replay consultant for the Indianapolis Colts. He assisted Akron in its coaching search and was even mentioned as a potential candidate, despite the show-cause penalty. Tressel then interviewed for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy and was the runner-up to Chuck Pagano.
In the end, Tressel next move won't be in coaching. It won't even be in athletics.
The former Ohio State boss has accepted an administrative position outside of athletics at Akron. A university spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the school and Tressel have been discussing the job since December after he helped with the coaching search. Tressel reportedly will make about $200,000 at the school -- obviously a significant drop from his salary at Ohio State.
Tressel, who grew up in the Cleveland area, recently sold his home in suburban Columbus. He taught a class on coaching at Ohio State, and his most recent contract with Ohio State included an athletics administrative post upon his retirement from coaching, provided he stepped down on good terms. The athletics administration post would have paid Tressel $150,000 annually -- his previous Ohio State deal included a faculty position when he left coaching.
Tressel's move to administration isn't a huge surprise, but the move outside of athletics seems to be. It'll be interesting to see what he and Akron say about the move later today.