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Ex-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel named president at Youngstown State

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Jim Tressel is on his way back to Youngstown State — where he got his first head coaching gig — to be the school’s president, the school announced Friday.

A day after being passed over for the same job at the University of Akron, Tressel was unanimously chosen by Youngstown State’s board of trustees to be the school’s next president.

“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 Chair Sudershan Garg said, via the Columbus Dispatch. “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, a native of northwest Ohio, coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 before leaving for Ohio State. His tenure in Columbus came to an ignominious end over knowledge of a memorabilia-for-tattoos system that Sports Illustrated reported dated back to 2002, the year in which Ohio State won its last national championship.

Evidently, Youngstown State was willing to look past that whole mess and bring Tressel aboard. Prior to his gig with Youngstown State, Tressel worked as the vice president for strategic engagement at Akron and as a consultant for the Indianapolis Colts.

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13 Responses to “Ex-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel named president at Youngstown State”
  1. tdub821 says: May 9, 2014 9:22 AM

    Let me guess…he will also be teaching a class on “ethics?”…lol

  2. dkhhuey says: May 9, 2014 9:23 AM

    BIG time congrats to Jimmy T! I don’t think there could be a more perfect place for him to begin his tenure as a college president! I will wear my sweater vest in celebration!

  3. friarjack61 says: May 9, 2014 9:47 AM

    What academic/business background does he have ? A jock coach as a college president !!

    This is a disgrace to all colleges and universities.

    An act of stupidity by the Youngstown Board.

  4. michiganstillsucks says: May 9, 2014 10:09 AM

    Glad to see he is back on his feet after the ridiculous NCAA witch hunt. Bravo to Youngstown State. You got yourselves a great man.

  5. 65impala says: May 9, 2014 11:10 AM

    Free tats and cars for everyone who enrolles

  6. ipskipskyblue says: May 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    Tha tis like hiring James Franklin the dean of women’s studies.

  7. sparky151 says: May 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    Probably worth noting he lead YSU to 4 national championships in Division 1-AA when he was coach before going to OSU. This is a good hire. Tressel is a pretty well organized big picture guy. For what it’s worth, the lawyer who leaked his confidential client info to Tressel that the NCAA punished OSU for not acting on has been disbarred by the Ohio Supreme Court.

  8. 10kmp says: May 9, 2014 11:32 AM

    “Evidently, Youngstown State was willing to look past that whole mess and bring Tressel aboard”

    Yeah, what a huge mess that was. Kids trading a pair of gold pants (awarded after victories over TTUN) or a rose bowl watch for a tattoo. Man, that was the crime of the century to be certain. The NCAA is a farce and Ohio State was made an example of. That’s it. Nothing more. Neither Jim Tressel’s nor Ohio State’s punishment fit the “crime”… Tressel especially got screwed. Deride and attack it all you want, but it’s the truth.

  9. Deb says: May 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    Congratulations and best of luck to Coach Tressel.

  10. coachbeck says: May 9, 2014 12:48 PM

    Congrats YSU on your new car program

  11. coachbeck says: May 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    Also gotta give it to the Ohio peeps. They take care of their own. That championship was worth a lot to them.

  12. nickswishersneck says: May 9, 2014 1:45 PM

    And now he can rig the raffles for incoming freshmen. What a sterling example of ethics and leadership. Did no one else apply for the job?

  13. dmvtransplant says: May 9, 2014 6:10 PM

    He won 4 National Championships there, that has to count for something?

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