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State legislators from the Mahoning Valley support Jim Tressel for president of Youngstown State University

Published: Tue, February 25, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick



The Mahoning Valley’s state legislative delegation is urging Youngstown State University’s Board of Trustees to hire Jim Tressel as the school’s next president.

The legislators made the announcement Monday at the conclusion of a press conference to criticize Gov. John Kasich before he gave his State of the State address in Medina.

“We are collectively endorsing Jim Tressel for Youngstown State University president,” said state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th. “He has the charisma, ability to raise money and the loyalty needed to be a great president.”

Others state legislators at the press conference were state Reps. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th; Tom Letson of Warren, D-64th; and Nick Barborak of Lisbon, D-5th.

The former YSU and Ohio State University football coach already has received support to be YSU president from U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland along with 31 business and union leaders who sent a letter to the university trustees on Wednesday.

Since then, Trumbull County and Mahoning County commissioners have urged the YSU trustees to hire Tressel as president.

Tressel, executive vice president of student success at the University of Akron, hasn’t said publicly if he’s interested in the YSU job.

Tressel resigned as OSU head football coach in May 2011 amid a scandal involving players’ receiving cash and tattoos for memorabilia. He was accused of withholding information from university officials and the National Collegiate Athletic Association investigators.

The NCAA prohibited Tressel from having direct involvement with a school’s athletic department until December 2016.

Letson questioned the integrity of the NCAA.

“Everyone deserves another chance,” Hagan said.

Hagan added that Tressel has successfully moved from athletics to academics at Akron.


1polhack(129 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Amen, Attis.
Congressman Ryan kicked off this idea and the rest of the hacks, after viewing Mr Ryan's success in the national boondoggle arena, piled on. It's an election year and they are currying favor with local voters by appearing to support a popular sports hero, qualifications and university goals be damned.

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2theotherside(333 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

That's right glb. All so those jocks can go to school for free while everyone else on campus pays through the nose for what is quickly becoming a joke of a degree.

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3natureman(66 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Very simply put, Jim Tressel does not have the qualifications to become a university president. His record is tarnished and would only add to the problems Youngstown is facing. It is time for real leadership in academics and not just sports. Perhaps there is someone at the university now who values all that Youngstown State has to offer and has a doctorate related to university education.
Here's hoping the right person is found this time who honors his/her three year contract. Dunn should leave now.

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4Seriouslee(101 comments)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Why isn't anyone outraged that elected officials are trying to influence a university search to hire someone with whom they have political, personal and or business connections? This seems to me a HUGE violation of ethics and misuse of influence given that these officeholders might be in a position to direct or deflect state and federal funds to or from the university.

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