Philadelphia, PA (The Sports Network) - National championship-winning football
coach Jim Tressel still keeps close ties to his roots.Those ties will bring
him back to The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.
Before he guided Ohio State to a perfect season and the BCS national title in
2002, Tressel led Youngstown State University to four national championship
victories on the Division I-AA (now FCS) level. He was named the 1994 Eddie
Robinson Award winner during one of the national championship seasons, and now
he will present the same national coach of the year honors to the 2013
recipient at The Sports Network banquet on Dec. 16 to be held at the Sheraton
Society Hill Hotel.
"I'm proud to be able to do it," Tressel said.
Tressel became the second Robinson Award recipient to lead his team to the FCS
national championship when Youngstown State completed a 14-0-1 campaign in
1994. His squad opened with a playoff win over Alcorn State and Walter Payton
Award winner Steve McNair, then followed the triumph with victories over
Eastern Kentucky, Montana and Boise State.
Tressel departed Youngstown State with a 135-57-2 (.701) record, including 23-6
in the playoffs, to take the Ohio State head coaching reigns after the 2000
season. He compiled a 94-22 mark with the Buckeyes, with 10 bowl appearances
and the 14-0 perfect season in 2002.
He currently serves as the vice president of school engagement at the
University of Akron, where he began his coaching career as an assistant coach
The Eddie Robinson Award, in its 27th year, will be voted on by a national
panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters,
writers and other dignitaries following the FCS regular season.
In addition to the Robinson Award, The Sports Network will present the Walter
Payton, Buck Buchanan and Jerry Rice player awards on Dec. 16. The Payton Award
honors the outstanding player in the FCS, the Buchanan Award is given to the
outstanding defensive player in the FCS and the Rice Trophy goes to the FCS
freshman of the year.
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