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Tressel Returns to Columbus to Talk Leadership, Career Prospects

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- The former Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel was back on Columbus turf Wednesday, serving as the featured speaker at the Ohio Turfgrass Convention.

Tressel is now vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron with a chance to serve as president in June.

While the former coach was invited to talk about leadership, many wanted to know about his next play.

He said he wants to focus on the moment he is in.

"Just like if the Buckeyes are thinking about the National Championship Game, the Big Ten Champ won't be as effective," Tressel said. "If I am thinking about something that might be six months from now, I am not going to be as effective today."

Tressel said his experience as a coach, recruiter and manager has prepared him for a lot of possible jobs -- including that of the university's president.

"I think I have had a lot of good training under pressure-cooker situations," he said. "It would equip me for nearly anything."

Speaking of pressure-cooker, ABC 6/FOX 28 asked Tressel about the fight last week at the Michigan game.

He called it a disappointing scuffle, and seemed equally unamused by the double-finger incident.

"Marcus Hall is a great kid. He had a tough moment that he wishes he could redo.  We can't do that in life," Tressel said. "From this point on he will do well. It's an emotion-filled time and we have to remind ourselves those are young people."

Tressel didn't make any predictions about the upcoming game, but said both teams are extremely talented and he is proud of both.

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