Tressel to talk: Former Youngstown State coach Jim Tressel, who will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame on Saturday, will talk to the team today. “That’s the rumor, yeah,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I’m going to get a chance to meet some alumni from way before my time, back in the 1960s and ‘70s and ‘80s. We’re going to have a get-together Friday evening and I told [athletic director] Ronnie Strollo that on my way in, I’d be more than happy to step in and talk to the team.” Tressel coached the Penguins from 1986-2000, going 135-57-2 while winning national titles in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997. YSU finished second in 1992 and 1999.
Other inductees: Joining Tressel in this year’s HOF class are: Darnell Clark (football), LeVar Greene (football), Tom Harder (football), Anthony Hunt (men’s basketball), Santi Nalluri (women’s tennis) and Mark Thomas (baseball).
Biggest game: At Tuesday’s press conference, Youngstown State coach Eric Wolford was asked if this is the biggest game of his coaching career. “I would say yeah. First time being a head coach, playing for a conference championship, I would say yes.” Wolford is 1-2 against the Bison, losing 34-29 at home in 2010, winning 27-24 on the road in 2011 and losing 48-7 last year at the Fargodome.
Next stop, FBS? While North Dakota State officials have said they’re committed to staying in the FCS, Wolford said he thinks the Bison could move up to the FBS within the next few years. “I wouldn’t be surprised in the near future if you see them make a move to the Mountain West Conference. There’s a lot of oil money in that area and they have the resources to do something like that.” North Dakota State moved up from Division II in 2004.
Impressive streak: NDSU has won 18 straight games, a Missouri Valley record. It is the longest active streak in the FCS and the second-longest in Division I behind Ohio State (21 games).