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By Matt McCoy
Other than his weekly "Moment with Jim Tressel" with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Jim Tressel hasn't spoken in the media much since his departure from Ohio State. Friday was an exception.
Tressel, now Vice President for Strategic Engagement at the University of Akron, visited with Wills and Snyder on our sister station WTAM in Cleveland Friday morning. He talked mostly about academics, the first day of classes at Akron and the new coaching class he will teach there.
He also went on national radio, joining the Dan Patrick show on our sister station AM 1230, Fox Sports Radio. With Patrick, Tressel spoke more about his departure from Ohio State, this Buckeye team, Braxton Miller and more.
Here are some of the headlines from his visit with Dan Patrick.
On whether he wants to coach again and if he thinks he ever will:
"I can't tell you that I wake up in the morning thinking that I do. I've told people all along that I can't say that I won't (coach again) but it's not something that I'm calling up and hiring an agent and putting a resume together and trying to convince someone that they need me so I would say probably not."
He was asked by Patrick if he's still bothered by his departure from Ohio State:
"You miss those players and you miss the staff and obviously a great institution but I don't spend a whole bunch of time thinking about what bothers me. It's just like we didn't do that if we lost a big game or if we won a big game we tried not to spend much time thinking about yesterday, but you do miss the players and coaches and it's a great place."
On whether he watches and roots for Ohio State:
"Oh absolutely. You look at that lineup and gosh, I was in all those living rooms so those are like your own children."
On whether it's hard to watch someone else coach the players he recruited:
"I don't think you ever recruit a kid for yourself...you recruit a kid for the school and you recruit a kid because you hope that's the best thing for that kid. When our guys go out there and play well and then go on and go to the NFL or get their diploma or whatever, you're excited for them. It's not hard to watch them because those are really good kids."
On Braxton Miller:
"It would be fun to coach number five...old Braxton is pretty good. We recruited him starting when he was in ninth grade and he's a special kid...He was at our summer youth camp (in ninth grade) and he was a special dude at that point."
On whether his job at Akron and the coaching class is to 'recharge his batteries' to coach again:
"If this is recharging, I need to figure out a different plug because it is a lot of time and effort and it's a lot of fun. Every job I've ever had I've said to myself 'I'm going to work at this think like I'm going to be here the rest of my life.' I didn't jump around to too many spots in my career so I go day by day."
On whether college athletes should be paid:
"The difficult thing is if you try to pay the student-athletes and you have 36 sports at Ohio State or you have 19 here at the University of Akron, in either case it would be hard to afford...It may end up happening, I think there is going to be changes...it's just a difficult time now for kids but I think there will be some change."
To listen to Tressel's Dan Patrick show interview click HERE: