A surprising new job for Jim Tressel

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A surprising new job for Jim Tressel

From Comcast SportsNetAKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is going back to school -- in a newly created position at the University of Akron. The school announced Thursday that Tressel has been hired as vice president for strategic engagement and will earn a base salary of 200,000 per year. The job starts May. 1. University officials say he will work with alumni, community organizations and friends of the school to develop strategies and efforts to help students succeed. Akron President Luis Proenza says in a statement that Tressel will bring his energy, leadership, passion and compassion to the university. Tressel was forced to resign last May amid a scandal at Ohio State. He met with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay about the team's head coaching position but didn't get the job.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.