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Tressel applies for YSU presidency

Published: Fri, April 11, 2014 @ 4:08 p.m.


It’s official. Jim Tressel has applied to become Youngstown State University’s ninth president.

Tressel, former YSU and Ohio State University football coach, applied Friday for the job, confirmed Jamie Ferrare, president of AGB Search, the firm leading the search for YSU’s next president. Monday is the application deadline.

Tressel of Medina, who has worked since 2012 as executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, also applied last month to be president at that university.


1walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Done deal! Now the big money people that signed the letter to get him here now have to get out their checkbooks to support the institution. Tressel will then need to get to Columbus and publicly get in the ear of Kasich to quit giving everything to tOSU and help the smaller state schools. This is good hopeful news for the area and my alma mater.

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2HenryTheBear(23 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Outstanding!!! He applies and the Valley is already buzzing!! This is exactly what we need. Loving it. Might have to apply to grad school at ysu if we get him

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3badeepster(111 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Boy I hope billdog doesn't have a YSU degree. Reading his post is like one of those Sunday Parade magazine "how many grammar errors can you spot." Tressel is exactly what YSU needs. In today's world a university president must be a fundraiser first and everything else second. None better than him. And ALL of the big money people are behind him. He's the only one that can save YSU now.....

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4yonko(27 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

I must agree with billdog1, he apparently did not get the UA job and is now trying for 2nd best thing out there. No way can this be a good thing. Way to many issues for the highest level position of a University. He may have leadership qualities that an athlete may buy into, but this same leadership also cost him is job at OSU. No one is perfect and he served his time, but this should definitely not be forgotten.

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5nabby(2 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

billdog may not have the best spelling/grammar, but he definitely has BRAINS! Love your posts, billdog--keep 'em comin'!

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6Attis(879 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

So, since all applicants are treated equally (according to the Board of Trustees Prez), we can expect a similar article for every other applicant. Yeah, right. If a football coach with no academic credentials can become a University Prez, can a scholar with no athletic experience become a varsity football coach? Or are the standards for a football coach higher at YSU than for a Prez?

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7papa1(662 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

in my opinion they want tressel in order to raise a lot of money to enable ysu to get into the mid-american conference..maybe by applying tressel is trying to force akrons hand.

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8joemamma(61 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

thank god we are all saved! rejoice and sing his praises! TRESS TRESS TRESS TRESS!!!!!! STROLLO WARM UP YOUR LIPS! LET THE BUTT KISSIN START!

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9bmanresident(597 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

When he becomes president will he officially endorse that Sammarone crony as Probate Judge. Afterall football in this Valley gives you all the credentials no matter the job. Football for life in this joke of an area!

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10James_S(268 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

If he's hired as President of YSU will Head Football coach Eric Wolford will ultimately be answerable to him?
I can see it now...
Jim Tressel- the nation's 1st President/ Head Football Coach at an Institute of Higher Learning.

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11ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Finally we will have a president who loves our Valley not some carpetbagger.Mr Tressels hire will certainly put an end to Kasichs evil plan to close our university as Kasich is a nothing but a jock sniffing tool who wouldn't mess with Mr Tressel.I am sure that Mr Tressel was greatly impressed by the outpouring of support he received from so many Valley movers and shakers.I think that it was probably the support and blessing of our beloved David Betras that was instrumental in Mr Tressels decision since the Trustees know that Mr Betras always has the best interests of the entire Valley at heart.

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12westcomm11(23 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

I never seen as many Ass kissers as I do in this valley ,Screw Tressel and all his crony's.

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13janellen(1 comment)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

The YSU board needs to do their homework on the probability of longevity in the presidency of their candidates. Dun leaving after just 7 months did more damage to the YSU image than what hiring a non-qualified candidate would ever do. The board should have had a better sense that Dunn was not going to last long based upon his roots. Tressel is an alumni of Akron, his wife an alumni of YSU. Either institution will at least find longevity/stability by hiring Jim. You cannot be an attractive choice to students/parents as a college that's known to change Presidency every year or two. The town of Youngstown, while trying to make progress and succeeding in some areas, is declining and has a black mark against it--it needs to pull out all the stops to get back to where it deserves to be.

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14papa1(662 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

me thinks if tressel is hired will wolford be a quarter of a million dollar figurehead. veeerry intawesting.

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15glbtactivist(250 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

What a shame. This will be the final piece in the destruction of the city of Youngstown. An unqualified crook in charge of YSU. That must be making the crooks so happy. All they have on Tressel will guarantee that they can get their hands on YSU and bleed it dry just like they did the city. The final nail in the coffin for the area is about to be hammered into place.

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16lemmingsfollowblindly(33 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Or perhaps he hopes to be more attractive to Akron if he puts his bid in at YSU...

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17Mugabe(3 comments)posted 5 months ago

Calling Tressel a crook is a bit strong, but he did bend, blink at, twist and otherwise ignore rules at OSU and was fired for it. Anywhere else this would disqualify you for such a position. But, in Youngstown..... maybe not.

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18HSG(123 comments)posted 5 months ago

It will be very interesting to see if Y S U's leadership team is willing to hire a person who lacks a PhD or earned doctorate to be an 'academic' leader.

It's also interesting that coach tressel isnt interested in politics, as in running for congress. Some former coaches and athletes have done so with some success (see: Tom Osborne-Jack Kemp-Dave Bing etc.)

YSU's enrollment numbers are down due largely to the emergence of EGCC. Like to the tune of 2,500 students. We'll see how he does, should the trustees decide to give (some of) the public what it wants.

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