Tressel among finalists for Akron presidency
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in Akrons search for a president.
FORMER OHIO STATE football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.
Tressel has been an administrator there for 2 years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
A campus email yesterday from Akron trustees said the finalists include provosts from two other schools: Scott Scarborough, of the University of Toledo, and Ronald Nykiel, of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The school's current president, Luis Proenza, is leaving his position in June.
Tressel also applied to be president at Youngstown State University, where he previously coached.
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* Tennessee hired Southern Mississippi's Donnie Tyndall as its men's basketball coach. Tyndall replaces Cuonzo Martin, who went 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee before California hired him on April 15. Tyndall has gone 56-17 with a pair of NIT appearances in two seasons at Southern Miss. Tyndall was 114-85 with two NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons at Morehead State.
* Ahmad Fields, a 6-5 shooting guard who played at the University of Utah, will be transferring to Drexel. A freshman, Fields will have 3 years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season. A Washington, D.C., native, the lefthand-shooting Fields played in 19 games for the Utes, scoring 3.3 points a game in 7.1 minutes.
* New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. A message seeking comment was left with Hill's agent. Fox Sports and the Star-Ledger of Newark were the first to report that the talented but troubled 24-year-old Hill failed another drug test. Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed.
* Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. "We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality."
* Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the verdicts of an American Arbitration Association panel against Bruyneel and two medical staff, completing its lengthy investigation that saw Armstrong banished from cycling in 2012.
* IndyCar put Helio Castroneves on probation through June because he violated the series' social-media policy. Castroneves was penalized for a tweet sent from his official account after the Long Beach, Calif., race on April 13 that criticized race control for not penalizing drivers during the race.
* Matt Belardine, a volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two Steubenville High School football players in 2012, pleaded no contest to two charges, the Ohio attorney general's office said. Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, 1 year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000. The players were convicted in March 2013 and sentenced to the state's juvenile detention system.