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Tressel selected as Youngstown State president

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 09 2014 11:16:51 AM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 11:58:59 AM CDT

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was offered the president's job at Youngstown State University after a vote by trustees on Friday, according to USA Today.

School spokesman Ron Cole said Tressel's appointment will not be official until the contract is signed. The board chairman and vice chairman were allowed to start negotiations.

"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, 61, was recently a finalist for president at the University of Akron, where he was an administrator for two years. He took that job after being let go as Ohio State's coach. His dismissal was linked to a scandal in which Buckeyes players sold memorabilia for money and tattoos. An investigation led to sanctions against the program and Tressel.

Tressel started his coaching career at Youngstown State from 1986-2000. He won four Division I-AA national titles and served as athletic director for part of the time.

When Tressel publicly revealed his interest in becoming Youngstown State's president, he said he had no plans to return to coaching and he expected his next job to be a long-term position.

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.