Jim Tressel Named President of Youngstown State

By Kyle Rowland on May 9, 2014 at 8:45a
72 Comments

Jim Tressel has been selected as the next president of Youngstown State University.

The school’s board of trustees voted unanimously Friday morning to offer the position of president to Tressel, who was head football coach at Youngstown State from 1986-2000, winning four Division I-AA national championships.

Tressel, currently executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, was a finalist for the top jobs at Youngstown State and Akron. Akron announced the hiring of Scott L. Scarborough Thursday.

“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,” Youngstown State trustee chairman Sudershan Garg said in a press release. “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.”

The former Ohio State head coach said earlier this week he would never coach again before revising his thinking saying, “Never is a long time, but I don’t foresee it right now.”

Tressel is viewed by many inside and outside academia as a questionable pick due to his ouster from Ohio State for lying to the NCAA and the absence of a Ph. D. from his degrees. His highest degree is a master's in education from the University of Akron. But fundraising is a major part of being a university president and Tressel is among the best in the country at raising money.

Speaking at a charity event in Toledo Wednesday with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, Tressel said, “I think working with kids is the most important thing. That’s why Mark works with the kids he does, that’s why all those years I coached the kids I coached and, now, I’m coaching 26,000. That’s why I said it’s more important, because it’s more kids.”

Mary Cullinan
, president of Southern Oregon University and Gary Miller, chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington were the other two finalists for the Youngstown State presidency. 

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Normal Buck's picture

Congrats to Coach Tress!

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moopdawg's picture

Congratulations, Coach Tressel!! And congrats to the good people of Youngstown, Ohio.  Coach Tress, always down to serve his community....

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SilverState's picture

Wow, congrats to him. Kind of wish he'd found something in the NFL.So much coaching talent. Will sure make an impact at YSU.

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Hovenaut's picture

Amazing - looking back to three years ago, I could have never imagined this.

Congratulations, President Tressel!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

The Senator has now been elected President. 

Pretty cool. 

Also, I would not be surprised if he found/created a job for Maurice Clarett somewhere at YSU. 

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Think how outrageous it would have sounded: "Tressel is going to be a University president, in Ohio, and not at OSU, and oh ya, here's the good part, Urban Meyer will be your new head coach and lead the team to 24-0 in his first two years". If someone would have told you that then, they'd be laughed out of the room....

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Hovenaut's picture

It's great to be a Buckeye.

mr.green's picture

President Tressel! Congrats, sir. They have a winner. 

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Jim's picture

No, they have a two time liar.

It's not bad enough that Tressel helped screw OSU for his lies, but he had character issues at Youngstown State.

I guess "integrity" isn't a word that will be used often during commencement addresses.

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German Buckeye's picture

You live in a glass house?  And what are all those rocks for....

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

@ Jim - you smell like hot dog water. You still mad Tressel owned your skunk weasels for a decade

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Jim's picture

Yeah, I;m not thrilled about losing to Tressel and now to Meyer, but that isn't and never was the point.  I might not have liked OSU and Tressel, but I always respected him until he turned into someone whose need to win became more important than honesty and integrity.  I'd like to think that my engineering degree from Michigan and those of you who have a piece of paper from OSU have something with meaning, something that you earned that reflects well upon you and hundreds of thousands of alumni.  When someone in Tressel's position does what he did, it reflects poorly on the entire university and those that attended OSU, past and present, and that's a shame.   

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KE's picture

Jim - You have a good point and you don't deserve the down votes. By far the most troubling part of Tatgate was Coach Tressel's ham-fisted attempts to cover it up. The cover-up was way worse than the crime. But on balance I think Coach Tressel did fine work at OSU and he did a good job at Akron. His treatment of Maurice Clarett has been first class, to say the least. I studied carefully the claims about character issues at YSU, and I am not convinced. So while I understand your position, I think you're wrong.

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Jim's picture

That's fine, we can disagree. I can forgive and forget when someone makes a mistake, owns up to it, does their penance and moves on, but that isn't what happened here.  Tressel got caught in a lie and tried to cover it up. For me, there is a line in the sand that was crossed. If you allow people to do bad things and forgive them because of W's and L's, which is very common in sports and in life, and most obvious with OSU fans and Tressel,you end up with something that really doesn't have much meaning.

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Waltbuck's picture

Hopefully just a pit stop on his way to coaching again.  Good luck Tress!

Earle's picture

Akron will Roo the day they didn't hire him.

Italics are for emphasis.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

They did hire him. They didn't promote him.

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DoubleB's picture

I see whatcha did there...

I was tired of trying to work my way around the back, so I just ran him over.
-Joey Bosa

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

Here's another example of God closing a door and opening a window.

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

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Michael Citro's picture

Today - YSU.

Tomorrow - the White House.

The day after tomorrow - Supreme Ruler of the World.

Go Tress.

albinomosquito's picture

I could get behind that..  Tressel 2016

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TheTeam16's picture

Our country could certainly use someone in office with half of the moral fiber he exemplifies. 

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Oyster's picture

As the president, it will be his job to oversee all the employees of the university.  I can see him spending a lot of time on the football field in that capacity, giving advice to his employees.  There is more than one way to get around that show cause ruling.

brandonbauer87's picture

As long as he replies to all e-mails.....

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BoFuquel's picture

Just another step in the gang rape of Buckeye Nation, that this whole stinkin' mess was and is. Somethin' is rotten in C-Bus. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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Urban Nation Army's picture

 

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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ToledoMan's picture

The man made a mistake, paid for it, and has new opportunities.  I like this.  Best of luck Tress.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

OUTSTANDING!!!  Big time congrats to Jimmy T! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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AngryWoody's picture

-"How do ya like me now?" #QuietTime

(If you follow JT on twitter you will get this.)

Our Honor Defend!

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acBuckeye's picture

I was just thinking...... "Man it would've been great if JT would've announced this with a 2Pac lyric."

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osubuck57's picture

Has to be bitter-sweet going back to Youngstown!! Congratulations and best of luck Coach Tress!!

SCOTTC.

TMac's picture

Sweater Vests- the new dress code at YSU!!

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SilverBullet-98's picture

I still feel bad for Tressel.

The only way he should have left Ohio St was as a conquering hero instead of a matyr.

He loved Thee Ohio State University.

"The Past Builds the Future"

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mh277907's picture

Youngstown St. vs TTUN. Make. It. Happen.

buckeyebobcat

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BroJim's picture

Awesome job Tress! He has done and continues to do so much for the State of Ohio.

I season my simple food with hunger

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AndyVance's picture

I'm really happy to hear that Youngstown State made the right choice - President Tressel is going to do an outstanding job, as he's done everywhere he's been up to this point. Here's one thing I want to point out though, because we've done this to Gordon Gee as well: these men are more than walking shakedown artists. People play up the fundraising and it takes away from the rest of their value to the university - Tressel is a proven leader, and I think he will take that part of his role to heart. Will he be a great fundraiser? No doubt. Is that all he is? No way.

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Oyster's picture

His biggest problem will be when a donor is asking him a question and he will have to actually answer it.  That is uncharted territory for The Senator and it may take a while for him to get to it.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Naw - he likes donors. He just never trusted giving any useful football related information to the media. Not saying I liked that approach, as I much prefer Urban's candor, but it was his way of doing things, and I respect that.

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Oyster's picture

I absolutely loved his answers.  The Dispatch even had a special section on Sundays about it.  What He Said/What He Meant.  It was pure gold.

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klfeck's picture

Let's see if he can work his way back to tOSU as President some day.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

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OSUmuFAN's picture

Congrats to Tress and welcome home!

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mh277907's picture
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causeicouldntgo43's picture

That any of our ass-hat friends from North of the Ohio border have even the most infinitesimal amount of angnst over the Tressel appointment makes it just that much more sweet.

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IH8UOFM's picture

Is it really that hard for them to admit and accept defeat? For God's sake, there wasn't a single post on there that omitted "cheating, liar, scum, bad role model"

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Hovenaut's picture

Decided to click over and visit our "friends" on their "turf" - first time in many a moon.

What a sad, sad little group they are.

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D-Day0043's picture

It always is! ;-) I love hearing them whine!

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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FROMTHE18's picture

man…its like watching a bunch of midgets laugh at tall people…mgoblog is a ventilation system from the amount of bullshit that comes out of their football program…I would include their student body but its laughable about how their think their degrees mean anything…"We went to Michigan." Ive studied abroad multiple times and all anyone says about the state of Michigan is how it declared bankruptcy...

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gbdawg's picture

Congrats Coach T

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Damonbuckeye's picture

I said it before and I'll say it again I love JT to death and wish him and his family nothing but the best on this new journey. .

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doodah_man's picture

Congrats Coach.

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

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OSUStu's picture

Go Tress!  Continuing to lead young men, and now young women.  Thank you for your service to our community and State coach.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Go1Bucks's picture

The P.hD issue is only outraged by those who have one and lost out the job to him.  It has been proven time and again that a degree does not necessarily make you more qualified for a job.  He made a mistake and in believing what his superiors told him, became a martyr for some self centered OSU bastards that threw him under the (C-) bus.  He deserves this job and will excel at it, and I only wish he could still be here coaching.  

Good Luck President Tressel.

Go Bucks!

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D-Day0043's picture

Exactly. I know people with PhD's that aren't smart enough to change a car tire, and some that are extremely intelligent. Many are snobbish in academia and look down at people who do not have their PhD.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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BuckToAsT's picture

PhD = Piled Higher and Deeper!

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Crimson's picture

Congratulations to President Tressel!  Akron opted to hire a hack from UT . . . good for them.

Also, it's good to know that when Urban F. Meyer gets fired, he'll be lined up to be a president at some university within the next 5 years.  :-D

crusher's picture

Akron didn't pass. Tress passed on the job. Some of us in Youngstown knew he had the job a week ago. He contacted Akron on Wednesday and let them know.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

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zacisone's picture

Congratulations to JT! Youngtown State got a Great one!

Zacisone

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MAVBuck's picture

BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD ALL WEEK!

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TheTeam16's picture

I was crucified for writing this on MGoBlog earlier today, but I actually really like Jim Tressel as a human being and have great respect for him. We all make bad decisions in life, he made one and got caught. His players put him in a place that he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't.

Living in Columbus, I have seen first hand some of the things he did for this city outside of ohio state. I can say without a doubt in my mind he truly cares about his fellow man, and strives to make a difference in his community.

He actually reminds me a lot of Hoke (although tresses is obviously the better coach...no denying), hearing both speak. I am not saying Hoke would cover up player scandal, but I feel like they both are invested in the young men on their football team first and positioning them to be great citizens of their communities post graduation.

I hated losing to him just as much as every other UM fan, but I cant set aside my respect for what he has done for this community due to one irrational mistake pertaining to a simple game. I will be pulling for him to turn YSU around.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Thanks for the honest insight.  Many on Mgoblog are far from the rationality wagon.  It seems interesting that players are often given the second chance benefit while coaches are not, especially in an irrelevant instance such as JTs.

Go Bucks!

THEOSUfan's picture

YSU is the big winner here.  We all know that they have a great man that will be leading them.

"Great" and "man" are the key words.  He is great because he cares about people and is trying to do the right thing.  But he is also a man - subject to missteps, errors, and sins of the venial and cardinal variety.  The only way people (read scUM creatures) can revile him is if they take the few examples of his imperfection and do not put it alongside and in the context of the large amount of examples of his goodness and high character.

The only person I will tolerate character and ethical criticism of Jim Tressel from is that person who has accomplished as much and helped as many people with less missteps.  I'll wait....

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Art Harrell's picture

You Rock " JT " You Rock-

 

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BHT's picture

Congratulations, Mr. Tressel. You deserve it.

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Crumb's picture

The Senator got promoted to President. Tress Forever!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

From the Senator to the President...congratulations Tress

Class of 2010.

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Congratulations, Coach Tressel! Tress is the best. He is the epitome of what a Buckeye should be.

Rocket Man's picture

Awesome news!  Very happy to hear that.

". . . It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"