August 23, 2014

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Youngstown State offers president’s job to Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel

Jim Tressel

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Trustees at Youngstown State University voted Friday to offer the president’s job to former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who started his college coaching career there.

Tressel, who has been an administrator at the University of Akron for two years, could not immediately be reached for comment. The Youngstown State appointment won’t be official until a contract is signed, school spokesman Ron Cole said. The board chairman and vice chairman were authorized to begin negotiations.

Tressel became a popular figure in the area while coaching Youngstown State’s football team from 1986 to 2000, a run that included four Division I-AA national titles, and serving as the Penguins’ athletic director for part of that time.

In picking the school’s next leader, trustees chose the 61-year-old Tressel over the president of Southern Oregon University and the chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

“After fully examining each and every candidate and reviewing the input from hundreds of individuals across the campus and the community, the Board of Trustees believes Mr. Tressel is the right individual at the right time to lead Youngstown State University,” board chairman Sudershan Garg said in a statement. “Mr. Tressel has the personality and leadership skills, in addition to widespread community support, to dramatically raise YSU’s profile and prominence across Ohio and the nation.”

Tressel recently was a finalist for but was not chosen to be president at the University of Akron, where he currently is executive vice president for student success. He went to Akron after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos, leading to an investigation that resulted in sanctions against the team and Tressel.

While making his pitch for the president’s job to faculty, staff and students at Youngstown State, he told reporters he was not planning to return to coaching and would accept his next position with the understanding that it would be long-term.

The faculty union at Youngstown State supported his bid to be president. The 13,500-student school launched its search for a new leader after President Randy Dunn accepted a job leading the Southern Illinois University system.

Tressel received a bachelor’s degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1975 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Akron in 1977.

He did not immediately return phone or email messages left for him Friday at his Akron office, and a working home or cellphone number for him could not be found.

  • stop ur whining part deux

    Glad he has found happiness after OSU hung him out to dry.

    • Peter Aldrich

      He got better than what he deserved at OSU….should have been criminal charges

      • It has to stop

        Your dumber then I thought Pete.

        • Peter Aldrich

          He broke the law. And who are you, COWARD. Show your name loser….. Or don’t make accusatoria/false statements. Back it up with spine….don’t hide wuss

          • jj

            You are a pretty good name caller, but you might want to re-think that using your real name….you do realize any one on here could find out a lot of personal information about you?

          • Sean MacNair

            If we write a letter to the paper we have to use our real name; it should be the same here.

          • Sis Delish

            That’s a big “If”, Bono.

          • jj

            True, they also ask for your email,home address, and phone number, but I personally wouldn’t want that information made public. (not that I think they would, but stuff happens)
            The difference here is that Disqus is used by (from their page) millions of web sites, and a simple Google search could lead any one to your front door, not something I am comfortable with, but if you are then go ahead and use your real name.

    • Simon Jester

      Like…. after his lousy coaching resulted in two lost National Championships?

    • Oneday67

      The guy is a liar. He will be right at home in Youngstown.

    • Nick Noneya

      I’m with you. I think he got a raw deal. He was made a scapegoat. A lot didn’t come out.

  • Pablo Jones

    He is in it for the long term? Seriously? He is in it for the retirement package. He made millions coaching football. He needs to hold out till he has 30 years as a State Employee so he can collect his pension. He is looking to collect over a million a year, that is why he has stayed in Ohio and taking jobs paying so little. It doesn’t matter because he 3 highest years were coaching at Ohio State.