After the announcement that Jim Tressel is returning to the University of Akron as vice president of strategic engagement, questions follow surrounding the duties he will hold in his new position.
UA President Luis Proenza says the focus will be on what he calls the "student experience." He says Tressel will be recruiting students and linking them back to the university as alumni.
"His career has consisted of, not so much of the hours on the field, but the countless days, months and years of working with students to elevate their aspirations, to create the opportunity for success and to build their character," said Proenza.
In 1977, Tressel graduated from the University of Akron with a master's degree in education. Prior to hiring Tressel, Proenza contacted the NCAA and made a decision to follow through with plans to bring Tressel to the university.
Many are questioning whether Tressel will have any impact on athletic programs, but Proenza says Tressel will not have any direct involvement.
Before closing out 2011, UA introduced Terry Bowden as the new UA head football coach.
"We have a new coach and they know each other, and they very much respect each other. We don't need two coaches. Mr. Tressel will be focused on helping us build the Akron experience for our students," said Proenza.
Proenza says Tressel's long history working with students will help create a new atmosphere at the university.