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Tressel makes first comment after accepting YSU job

Published: Fri, May 9, 2014 @ 9:59 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Jim Tressel has tweeted his first comment after being named Youngstown State University’s ninth president.

"Excited about the opportunity at YSU! It’s all about student success. Going to miss all the wonderful Zips at UA," he wrote via Twitter.

Tressel was named president following a unanimous vote this morning by university trustees.

Tressel has accepted the offer in principal, said Dr. Sudershan Garg, trustees chairman, and contract terms must be negotiated.

“The future is bright for YSU if all of us work together,” he said.

Dr. Garg said the university’s attorneys looked into the show cause violation imposed on Tressel by the NCAA when he was head coach at Ohio State University and that shouldn’t have any bearing on his ability to perform as YSU president.

Nobody is perfect, the board chairman said.

“As long as you acknowledge it and move forward, you have to look at the positive aspects of the individual,” he said.

Tressel, the executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, was a finalist for president at both YSU and UA. UA Thursday opted for another candidate, clearing the way for YSU.

Trustees voted unanimously for the former coach, who led both OSU and YSU to national championships in their respective divisions, to become the next president.

Dr. Garg said trustees believe Tressel is the best candidate for the job.

“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,” he said.

Shortly after Randy J. Dunn, YSU’s short-term eighth president announced that he was leaving for another job, community, business and political leaders, led by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, of Howland, launched a campaign supporting Tressel for YSU president.

“This is a great day for the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio,” Ryan said in a news release this morning. “I am happy to congratulate Jim Tressel on his selection as president of Youngstown State University. He is the right leader to guide YSU through the challenging times ahead. I couldn’t be more proud of the YSU Board of Trustees for their leadership. They have conducted themselves with professionalism, integrity and the boldness that this situation required.”

Following meetings with the three presidential finalists, the leadership of three YSU unions also endorsed Tressel’s candidacy.

The presidents of the unions representing the faculty, police and administrative and professional staff issued a statement this morning:

“The union presidents would like to welcome Mr. Tressel to YSU as our next university president,” it says. “We expect that he will be an excellent ambassador and an effective fundraiser for the University. We believe he has an understanding of the past, is in a position to evaluate the present, and will strive to create a future that brings us together as a well functioning, nationally recognized urban research institution. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Mr. Tressel in what we hope will be an exciting new beginning for YSU.”


1billdog1(1158 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

So YSU gets Akron's hand me downs.

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2HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I certainly hope the community leaders who supported Tressel now support the university's academic endeavors, and not just athletics. We'll see.....

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(360 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

billdog1 you can say that about any candidate that is chosen. Just because another university does not select an individual does not mean they are a hand me down. Give this man a chance before you claim his failure.

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4Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Abe, Here is a huge bright side to this. It's going to be very difficult for the BOT to bully and micromanage Tressel, and he may prove to be their worst nightmare.

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5HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, let's hope. Maybe he can teach the Board how to google while he's at it.

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6Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

He's got a lot to prove and that could actually be a good thing. I wonder if they will try to make him live in their $4.5 million debacle? Should be interesting since he just finished building a new home in Medina...

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7YSU2(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Only in Youngstown can a liar and a cheat can become a president of a university. A black eye day for higher education.

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8YSU2(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Only in Youngstown can a liar and a cheat become a president of a university. A black eye day for higher education.

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9123goz(558 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Before proclaiming this decision a mistake, perhaps you should think about what it takes to be a successful head coach at a major college, delegating, recruiting, etc., or what it takes to run a major corporation. I don't see a lot of English professors running Fortune 500's. It's about vision and decision. As so many of you proclaim, run (pick a public entity) like a business. So here we go, a non traditional choice. Let's hope it works out.

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10YSU2(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It was a mistake....no...it is a mistake

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11BlueSteel(31 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's see...

- Well documented history of lying and cheating - CHECK
- Sanctioned for Lack of Institutional Control while at YSU - CHECK
- 3 NCAA investigations while at tOSU, two of which led to the program being put on probation - CHECK
- Currently banned from coaching division 1-A football - CHECK
- Absolutely ZERO experience at being a university president - CHECK

Meet your new president - St Tressel

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12Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Well it's beside the point, but 123 you might actually do some research on what majors many Fortune 500 CEOs come from--yes, English, French Lit, Political Science. And, no, public education and public universities are not like businesses--that's just an oversimplification put forth by politicians and the media.

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13cycler(32 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Excellent News !

Jim is uniquely qualified for a unique opportunity in Youngtown where he has the solid backing of a the emerging heavy weights of the business community; i.e. manufacturing, AND the very wealthy.

This means great potential to fund the important growth and developement YSUs STEM college and partner and THAT will attract good quality students.

YSU is at a very interesting juncture given the Additive manufacturing initiatives, the local leadership of this nationally important technology, the recent influx of money at unprecedented levels due to shale gas and oil and now, in my opinion and obviously some very smart guys who are the YSU BODs, the one uniquely qualified individual who can paulo all of it together under the colleges umbrella.

Next step is to hire a very good provost with deep interest in all the above. Very good news indeed.

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14walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Say all you want about JT and what transpired at tOSU and the fact that he doesn't have a doctorate degree. He is a motivated winner with excellent leadership skills. You manage budgets, supplies, and curricula but you lead people. At this point in time, I don't believe YSU could have asked for a president that would be more loyal to the institution. He will raise the profile of YSU.

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15BlueSteel(31 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A sad and embarrassing day to be a YSU grad.

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16Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

He will certainly raise the profile. But Walter, seriously, you think the coach manages curricula? No. And is it difficult to manage budgets and supplies within OSU's enormously funded football program?

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17YSU2(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A sad and embarrassing day to be a YSU grad...EXACTLY

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18billdog1(1158 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I truly believe that this is what many expect for YSU. I think the message sent to youth of the valley is it is okay to deceive, break rules and ruin a programs reputation (OSU football) and go on to be rewarded later. My hope is that all that wanted this stand behind Mr. Tressell and back this move by the BOT based all his ability to raise money. All those that signed that petition, we will be watching for Mr. Tressell's entire tenure. As said before, I don't believe Mr. Tressell is a bad person, but believe this could be a bad move on the BOT part. It's okay, they leave when their obligation is up and the university is left to pick up the pieces every time.

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19Westsider(222 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't envy him one bit. He will owe every single person who signed the original letter supporting his appointment as well as the unions who backed his candidacy. Getting a non-politically connected position at YSU will be impossible for at least the next five years or so. He indeed is a proven successful fundraiser for athletics - I hope that he will be able to do the same for academics. The decision is made - now we will wait and see.

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20walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

NO, you misunderstand. My point is that "things" need to be managed; "people" need to be led. I have stated many times that it will be the Provost that will guide curricula while the President is the figurehead that will guide and lead the institution. My only concern is that the "football coach mentality" must be tempered by sound reasoning. He always impressed me that he was not the typical coach. Those of us that played football know the type of personality of which I speak. I believe his time spent at Akron prepared him well for this endeavor.

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21gulfcoast(3 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Ditto - a very sad and EMBARRASSING day to be a YSU grad. Trust me, all of the mailings I receive from the alumni association are going to be marked "return to sender". Don't waste your time sending anything else in the mail. And for heaven's sake, don't be so stupid as to ask me for alumni dollars. Just ain't gonna happen.

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22Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

walter, I'm keeping an open mind--I was a college athlete as well, but objectively, it's hard to not to honestly admit that the only reason this man was a finalist anywhere is because he won football games. Let's just admit that and move on.

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23Millerh113(122 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Once Youngstown's super rich promoted Tessel's candidacy, his appoint to the YSU presidency was a foregone conclusion. The other two candidates should have stayed home; their presentations were ghoulish given the were already dead on arrival....Perhaps Tressel can be YSU head football coach too. He's certainly qualified for that position.

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24valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago


"@FootballScoop: Per source, Tressel chose the YSU job…was offered the same position at Akron. http://FootballScoop.com/the-scoop"

"@FootballScoop: @NiuHuskieJohn @HustleBelt “Job was his if he wanted it” is how source worded it. Same source who told us yesterday that today he’d get YSU"

This is the same website that announced yesterday afternoon that YSU hired Tressel.

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25JoeFromHubbard(1028 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

One of the biggest problems to be faced by Jim Tressel will be fulfilling the expectations placed upon him. He is good but not God.

I would not be too concerned about some of his past "indiscretions." I think most people who have risen to the heights have committed a few venial sins along the way but are forgiven.

Good luck, Jim.

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26ysuforever(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

This is great news for our beloved school and the entire Valley.Thank goodness the Trustees had the wisdom to listen to the entire University community and our areas movers and shakers and not the negative wingnuts who post anything to put our Valley in a negative light.As a proud grad of this wonderful school,this is the best day since we won our last National championship.I am so proud of our board that they went for the only person of the three who wont be out looking for another job.Hopefully our new president will lean on the advice of the Valley legends who first floated the plan to bring him here,and of course that of our areas most iconic citizen David Betras who can help bring the same success to YSU that he brings to the Democratic party ,not only locally but state wide..

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27JRBYoungstown(44 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Way to be positive commenters. some people always see the glass half empty. I feel sorry for you people.

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28billdog1(1158 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

JRB, sometimes you have to be realistic. Regardless of the circumstance.

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29123goz(558 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I didn't have a strong position either way on his application, but I thought if he's hired, hope it works out.
I have re-thought my position. I think we should hope for the utter, catastrophic failure of this man. After all, what's more important, the success of the school and area, or the hopes and wishes of some of the people here that want to be able to say 'I told you so' no matter what the cost?

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30Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey, ysuforever, at first I thought your post was rife with sarcasm, but then I read your past posts, and now I'm praying that you write those with "tongue-in-cheek"! Dave Betras is the Valleys "most iconic citizen"? There's no way you are serious....and if you are, I think it's awesome that the staff at the institution allow you internet access! Oh, and by the way, put that access to use and search what political party Tressel donates to. Either way, congrats to UA for recognizing the importance of selecting someone without a tarnished background to lead their young people. As for the Mahoning Valley, well why not have Tressel? What the Heck, we've also chose people like Traficant, Antonini, Philomena, Cronin, Kerrigan, and most recently Belinky, not to mention a host of others! Typical and nothing more than sad.

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31Erplane(482 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Well said 123goz.

Its done. He is YSU's president. I believe he will be a very good one.

For the sake of the Valley, its time to no longer think of him as a football coach. Its doing his ability to be effective a disservce.

YSU needs a new STEM/engineering building (the future of the Valley is dependent on an ultra-modern facility, and the academic and R&D tools to make the most of it). There are budget issues, workforce development issues, cohesion with Eastern Gateway issues. All incredibly important. Jim Tressel has great leadership capabilities. Its time for everybody in the Valley to rally and pray for his succces.

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32Not_Gilligans_Ginger(128 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm a YSU Grad and optimistic about Jim Tressel. I don't condemn people on their past. People learn from their mistakes and change. Dr. Garg is no dummy. He knows people. Lighten up, people.

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33123goz(558 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

'...congrats to UA for recognizing the importance of selecting someone without a tarnished background to lead their young people.'
Yes they selected another, but he was a finalist there too.

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34badeepster(111 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

To billdog and all of the other typical negative miserable morons who worship at the smelly feet of Bertie deSouza--Tressel WAS offered the Akron job and chose YSU. So there. It's a great day to be a YSU grad. School gets a needed shot in the arm.

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35HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

bad...please tell me where you got that information. he was NOT offered the akron job! why are you spreading misinformation? (aka lying)

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36badeepster(111 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

footballscoop.com and per Bob Hannon on WKBN radio this morning. He was to be offered the job and withdrew his name to take the YSU job. That's a fact. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Abe.

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37billdog1(1158 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope your right badeepster. I hope Jim does a great job. I hope he pulls the university out of the mire it has been drug into. Godspeed.

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38highimpactfootball(1 comment)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Congrats to Coach! He will be FANTASTIC and we love him. God Bless him!
~Ray and Staci Isaac

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39valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago


I can attest to that. I heard late last night as well from another source. FootballScoop.com and Bob Hannon know more than you and know they know Jim Tressel. He said no thanks to Akron and wanted the YSU job.

That simple fact implodes the argument by so many in the anti-Tressel crowd that "he wasn't good enough for Akron." He was good enough for Akron, but Tressel will take the job that pays less and has more obstacles.

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40ysuforever(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey Chessiedad You need to lighten up.I am a close personal friend of Daves.All of this is an inside joke because people like yourself spend hours wondering what poster is really Dave.After all the cruel personal attacks by posters about him Dave deserves a few laughs.And trust me I know our new president is a Republican donor and all that matters to me is that he has been a YSU donor.Best thing to happen to our great school and the entire Valley since we hired him as Football coach-you win with people and he is a winner .Now we are back not only Statewide but getting National attention.The truth is the news is even World-wide,and look for a huge amount of international students to enroll.We will grow by leaps and bouds because we hired the best man for the job.Bravo Board of Trustees

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41Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

ysuforever Please tell me you are still being sarcastic. You can't actually believe international students will flock to YSU for Jim Tressel. Doubt most of them have even heard of him. International students choose universities based on academic reputation, degree of selectivity and campus environment. Oh and the national attention we are getting is not entirely positive either. And while we are at it in the big world beyond Youngstown and Ohio, the fact that the new president is a former big donor would be looked at with some suspicion. Tressel may in fact do great things and I wish him well but he will not bring national or international prominence--if anything the selection seals YSUs fate as totally parochial and local because we conduct sham searches driven by the good ol' boys (your icons) and there is a whole big world beyond Youngstown that will see this as just that.

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42badeepster(111 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Where ya at Abe?????? Guess I wasn't lying, was I?? Go put your head back in the sand.

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43ysuforever(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

When I was YSU we had many international students because of the quality of our programs.Our new President is a great and proven recruiter and whats wrong to think he wont do the same thing in bringing exceptional students here just like he did with athletes.This was not a sham search but one that totally raises our profile and gives us a leader who will not use our school as a stepping stone.Its really sad that so many posters here hate the Valley so much,they just cant stand hearing anything positive.This is one of the best places to live and raise a family in the nation as evidenced in the recent Forbes article.What other city has received two shouts from our great President during his State of the Union speeches.YTOWN PRIDE-is back with this great hire

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44Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

There is a difference between acknowledging challenges and "hating" just as there is a big difference between cheer leading and ignoring the facts. The search was indeed a sham. BOT selected solely on its own with no input, two candidates with troubled reputations at their institutions, solicited "feedback" via a survey monkey that contained no mechanism for actually ranking the candidates and was all open ended narrative. Let's do the math--hundreds of survey responses with a deadline of midnight Wednesday and a meeting to choose a candidate Thursday at 8 a.m. Again, I wish the man well and I don't hate him or the valley. But if you honestly believe there isn't a lot that needs to be changed around here, well good for you. I'm simply pointing out that its unlikely international students or academic all stars will choose a school based on the fact that a champion football coach is running it.

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45Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yeah, ysuforever, I guess Ytown can be considered a "great'" place to live....especially when there have been fewer homicides than say...hmmmm...maybe Chicago? Oops...I forgot...that city is now run by the former "right-hand" man of that guy who thinks he is the President. And, ever since Emanual has been the leader there, violent crimes, shootings and homicides have skyrocketed!! And, I certainly wouldn't be bragging about getting any "shout outs" from an incompetent President who has a track record that includes scandals like the I.R.S., Bengahzi, the great "you can keep your doctor" lie, and overall lousy foreign policy. Now that I think about it, maybe Tressel does have a redeeming quality....at least he has sense enough to align, politically, to the right.

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46DwightK(1251 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I think Jim Tressel is a fine president for YSU. He's a good speaker, a good leader and knows the institution. I have a feeling that at the end of his term the bar for leading the university will have been set very high.

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47HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You can't seriously think I'd believe anything based on information from "unnamed sources" on football websites. Try again. Tressel barely made the application deadline for the YSU job. That's a fact. Tressel's letter of application to Akron looks like it actually took some thought...his application letter to YSU was thrown together in less than half an hour. Tell me his first choice was YSU....because I have some great property in Florida to sell you....And for the record, although I still maintain he was not the most qualified candidate, I wish him well. He's got a tough job ahead of him....faculty and staff negotiations, budget shortfalls, etc. For those of you mouthing off about your beloved YSU and how Tressel is going to make YSU great again...I'd say that YSU is already a great institution and offers tremendous educational value for students. Lets hope some of you put your money where you mouth is. I do....

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48ysuforever(56 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Chessiedad Yikes I didn't know there were any teabaggers left in the Valley.Sounds like you need to be in a compound in Idaho with your like-minded friends.Boy,I sure didn't think that Forbes was such a left-wing radical publication that it would dare have such great things to say about Youngstown and the Valley .Although I am a Blue Dog Democrat I have supported Mr.Tressel from the start despite him being a GOP donor ,because I know the time,hard work,and dedication it takes to be one of the nations best Football coaches,and I truly believe he will bring that same work ethic to the Presidents office.

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49valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago


Bob Hannon and Joe Cassese are not anonymous. They talk to Jim Tressel frequently. Both have come out in the media and repeated what FootballScoop has said.

If you don't believe the most trusted football coaching scoop website on the web, then call/email Bob or Joe. They are visible in the community and will not shy away from the facts.

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50topsailwatch(64 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I would be willing to bet that the most vocal of Jim Tressel's critics are born losers themselves and would love to see him fail.

All youse guys from Yunkstown that are without original sin cast the first stone. Hmmmmm.....I don't see any stones coming this way.

I hope that there is a lot of crow eaten in the next few years.

Go Jim....we love you !!

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51Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think anyone really wants to see him fail. Here are the pluses: He is a great public speaker, hopefully the BOT will be afraid to try to bully him, he probably will be a hit in Columbus because so many lawmakers are OSU alums and YSU really needs a presence in Columbus. That said, this whole process was a sham and YSUs reputation beyond N.E. Ohio could actually be diminished, clearly the reason he even made finalist is because he won football games, not because of his understanding of higher ed, and just as easily, the influence of the cronies could be greater--there you go--the good and the bad, only time will tell.

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52mreslnha(9 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I am a YSU grad and I am NOT embarrassed at all! I don't know what qualifies someone to be a university president but I am sure the YSU trustees are well aware of those qualifications. The trustees themselves are knowledgable and capable of hiring the right person for the position. Unless you sat through their board meetings, in on the interviews and reviewed all the documentation please move past this and accept it.

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53walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Published reports and Harry Meshel both state that Akron never had the opportunity to offer the President's position to Tressel because, once YSU offered it to him on Thursday, JT withdrew his name from consideration. But, when you see how rushed the meeting of the two boards were, it seems obvious that both institutions wanted him as their leader. I don't think Akron created a position just for him and then let him go. As everyone knew, it was Tressel's choice and he chose to come home. This is good for YSU and our community.

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54ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm most upset that he is not a liberal. That's all this valley needs is another god fearing highly moraled family man disagreeing with the 1% liberal population here. I thought it was the law that only liberals could teach or run universities. I think this must be a racially motivated hiring. How many minorities were interviewed. Foul. Foul. Foul. Maybe Obama can step in and use executive privilege to stop this before it's too late.

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55lovethiscity(146 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Excuse me...can all you Trolls with access go night night.? The rest of us want to re-build a great city...and your white noise is distracting. The choice was perfect, even if by the default of a completely incapable BoT.

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56Attis(873 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Second Coming of Jim gonna be heaven on earth for YSU? Get a life folks.

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57patrickhm(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I have some concerns as for the future of this university. First off, the appointment of Tressel to lead YSU sets a rather frightening precedent: other schools of higher learning will likely follow suit and water down the prerequisites in an effort to bring big money and recognition while, sadly, sacrificing quality academics and esteemed faculty. Does anyone in their right mind really think that we will continue to attract the Martin Bergers and Saul Freidmans, and other top notch faculty who defined YSU's philosophy of high academics? Second, although Tressel had a high success rate of winning football championships, he will be in for a rude awakening if he thinks he's going to employ the same approach to winning the legislature's nod in Columbus of much needed funding for YSU. As far as declining enrollment goes, it's not about how many students one can attract (quantity); it's about retaining those students, as well as cultivating their minds while undergrads (quality) so that they can hold their heads up proud and say " YSU is one hell of a great university!"

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58Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Amen to you, patrickhm! Your post was the most "spot-on" take I've read since this Tressel debacle started! As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal, Tressels background was deemed "unacceptable" by the UA Prof's Association and nothing was reported about the "fairy tale" that Tressel was offered the UA job, but turned it down, in favor of YSU. Just more misinformation being spread in hopes of trying to put a "shine" back on a bad penny.

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59OhioCop(3 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I worked with Coach Tressel at YSU in the 80's, he was a class guy. He will be a great choice for YSU.

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60valleyred(1097 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Chessie, WKBN 27 at 11pm repeated that Tressel was the top pick of Akron, but withdrew his name in favor of YSU.

Cleveland.com has a big article on it as well. Not hard to find this stuff my friend.

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61CountryGirl51(196 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

So we picked someone on his name and personality ! What a shame ! He was NOT the one most qualified for the job ! Everyone is talking about what a great coach he was. Yes he was. BUT he isnt here to be a coach ! This was plain politics nothing more !

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62YSUguins(17 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Some of the posts on this stream are unbelievable.

Billdog1 claims that YSU gets Akron's hand-me-downs and that JT accepted YSU's offer only after Akron turned him down for their position. I know with certainty that Akron never got the chance to offer him the position, as YSU offered first and he saw the opportunity to work at a university where he will enjoy tremendous support at both the school and community level. Akron flat out blew it again (anyone remember someone named Jerry Faust in 1986?).

How about BlueSteel's comment that it is a sad and embarrassing day to be a YSU grad? Are you kidding me. I am a YSU grad and proud of it. Have you read the comments on all of the national websites? The vast majority of people around this country get it. Tressel was the fall guy for Ohio State when the NCAA got on their high horse and tried to make a huge deal out of some kids trading what is rightfully theirs for some tattoos and a small amount of cash. The key word here is kids. All Tressel did was try to protect those kids from their childish mistake (a mistake only considering the NCAA's simplistic rules). He fell on his sword and had too much class to ever defend himself.

And how about all of the people claiming that he is not qualified to be president because he doesn't have a PHD? I would love to know who made up that insane rule. Maybe the ego inflated PHD's themselves. They don't want to answer to a football coach. A coach who ran a football program that has a budget as big as our whole university. And to success levels higher than anyone else in OSU's history.

I am overjoyed that Tressel is back. We need to get on board and support him and our university. I believe that the time is perfect for all of this to take place. We are lucky that it is happening in Youngstown at our school.

Welcome home Tressel family. Please block out the negative people as they are certainly not the majority. I truly believe that you will bring our university back to where we all want it to be.

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63Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually mrsinha I did review all of the documents and attended every meeting they allowed the public to attend--everyone (including you I suspect) knows it was rigged and if the community and local media are all fine with it, well there you go. On the whole PHD/non PHD that everyone seems to thing is the big issue, Here is what UA faculty had to say from today's Vindy:

"Weeks said faculty were worried not that Tressel didn’t have a doctorate or that he had left Ohio State for lying to the NCAA about player infractions. It was his lack of experience."

- See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/may/10...

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64ytown37(11 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Seriouslee -- That's ONE faculty member. Our Union endorsed him. Why don't you spend more time on campus talking to professors before you form your absurd opinion? I can tell you first hand several faculty members have remarked their approval of the hiring and been quite happy with it. You wouldn't know that, though.. would you?

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65HonestAbe(270 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

No, the union PRESIDENTS endorsed Tressel...not the membership. You should know that. And I don't know who you were speaking to ytown35 because there were a number of faculty and staff who had the same reservations as the faculty, students, and staff at Akron. I, too, attended every public meeting and Tressel did not answer the tough questions from the Jambar and other members in the audience. And...like seriouslee states, this entire dog and pony show was rigged from the beginning. Does that mean I won't support him now that he is president? Absolutely not. YSU is a great institution. I think we can all agree on that.

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66Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Actually, you are wrong. The faculty union did NOT endorse any candidate. The president of the faculty union, along with the presidents of the other unions, issued personal endorsements as individuals NOT speaking for the membership. Now, if you read further, you would find that Akron's union conducted a survey of faculty union members that overwhelmingly disapproved of Tressel. This is not the case at YSU--no survey of faculty union members was done by the union heads, and if you do talk to many professors on campus, they will confirm that the individuals were not speaking for the groups. So, you kind of have it backwards there.

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67Seriouslee(97 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Abe, I agree. The truth about and the significance of this whole process is simply lost and this is in in large part due to the lack of misinformation out there. Good luck to Tress and YSU, I'm done.

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68HSG(122 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Perfect fit, no doubt about it.

Anyway, could someone explain, in plain English, why Tressel left Ohio state?

I have found it difficult to understand why such a successful coach would suddenly find himself without a coaching job, and besides, unable to accept such a job for five years.

Is it too late to try to get Gordon gee?

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69123goz(558 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

YSU not the first, not the last, to hire non doctorate. This is a little long and edited for space.

Acadia today announced that it has named Ray Ivany as its new president. Ivany has a long record as an academic administrator: he served as a vice-president at what was then the University College of Cape Breton ....As an administrator of large organizations, Ivany has a distinguished track record. But one thing he doesn’t have is a Ph.D. Ivany is not an academic.

This makes Ivany part of an growing trend in academia. The position of university president—which used to be given to a distinguished professor—is now often going to someone who has made a career as a manager, not a researcher. Most other sectors of the economy long ago moved to this model: to become CEO of an airline, you don’t have to spend 20 years piloting 747s; to run a telecom company, you don’t have to spend a lifetime becoming your company’s most experienced telephone line installer; to run a TV network, you don’t have be a professional camera operator or have hosted your own TV show. What’s more, a university president is not only the manager of a large organization, he or she is managing an organization more decentralized than almost any other. Employees (professors) have an extremely high degree of autonomy (not to mention tenure), as do the various departments and schools within the university. The job requires managerial talents that are often more akin to politics than traditional, private-sector management. And a large and growing part of the president’s job is fund-raising: another unusual skill that combines elements of politics, salesmanship, vision and innate charm. None of these attributes is likely to be developed by spending most of one’s life conducting experiments and writing papers.

Hence the growing trend to look outside the academy. Ottawa last year chose as president former lawyer and politician Allan Rock....( more edited out)

On the other hand, to be a university president, you need to have an intimate understanding of what a university is, and what its employees do. You have to be able to relate to them, and they have to be able to relate to you. Unlike private sector managers, university presidents are not really the boss of their organizations. But as a university president, you have a number of bosses, including, to some extent, the professors.

Acadia is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected small liberal arts universities, but the last few years have brought serious challenges. It has spent ambitiously, but enrolment has not kept up with those ambitions. It is located in a part of the country that is facing a precipitous drop in its university-aged population. Like its peers, it has no choice but to market itself more aggressively.

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70GuinsFootball4Life(4 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

123goz, your post indicates that Acadia hired a candidate with "a long record as an academic administrator."

While my hope is that Tressel's coaching career gave him "an intimate understanding of what a university is, and what its employees do," and that he is ultimately a success at YSU, your post about Acadia's hire is nowhere near apples-to-apples.

Mr. Ivany, prior to the appointment at Acadia, ran a community college for seven years. One assumes Acadia saw that experience as a factor that strongly mitigated against Ivany's non-traditional pedigree.

As an alum, I wish Tressel and YSU the best, but people are entitled to temper their optimism with a little caution.

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71123goz(558 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, optimism can be tempered. I guess my feeling is, he got the job, support him. The last guy had that all important degree and a track record of teaching everything from 4th grade on up. He also had a track record of job hopping. That didn't work out for us.
The crux of the article is times are changing.

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72JollyGood(2 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Akron's loss is Youngstown's gain. Akron hires yet another ivory tower snob. Youngstown gets the out front people person who loves to help students succeed. Congratulations Youngstown. Sorry for my alma mater Akron.

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73BlueSteel(31 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

@YSUguins - I'd ask you what degree you earned at YSU, but it's obvious that it was journalism and this is your attempt to re-write history. Fell on the sword? Please. He only 'confessed' after the evidence was undisputable that he lied more than once to protect the kids. And really, who was he trying to protect at this stage of the game, the kids or his own back? My #11 post in this thread speaks for my reasons to be an embarassed YSU grad.

Billdog1 hit the nail on the head. What message does this send, other than it's OK to win at all costs, wheter you need to lie and a cheat, as long as you win on the playing field, then all is forgiven?

If anyone else needs to refresh their memories of St Tressel, as many tO$U fans seem to have their own edited versions of history, check out these gems:


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74Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

BlueSteel....thanks for posting those links to the ESPN and SI stories. After re-reading them, it finally dawned on me why Y-towners are so endeared to Tressel......the way he ran his programs at YSU and OSU probably made the Lennie Strollos and Carlos Gambinos of the world "green with envy". Just like the "mob" mentality...why conduct yourself honorably when you can get more by cheating, and when you get caught, just use the old adage..."I ain't seen nut tin' ".

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75ytown37(11 comments)posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I forgot that some of you are perfect people who have never made a single mistake in their lives before.

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76pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

He was hired for president for the same reason he was hired as OSU football coach....He's a very successful administrator.

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77uptowngirl(110 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It is rare that any major university escapes NCAA violations. It seems that the NCAA is very arbitrary in it's rules enforcement. If you have a losing program, the NCAA is going to leave you alone. Universities hire highly educated staffs to work in the compliance departments and things do not go perfectly. If the Penn State pedophilia story had broken first Tressel and OSU would have been a non-issue. Get over it and give the guy a chance.

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78Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

uptowngirl.....so let me see if I get your logic, here.....if the Joe Paterno scandal had made news first, then it wouldn't have mattered that Tressel lied and cheated? I agree that Tressels transgressions pale in comparison to what Sandusky and Paterno were involved in, but I don't think he deserves a "pass" because there was a "bigger story" at PSU. And once again, here is that "get over it" comment....and once again I say the people of this Valley are so used to "getting over" all of the corruption, that the corruption continues to perpetuate itself, and corrupt officials keep getting hired, promoted and elected. This cycle will never be broken if you are willing to accept and "get over" people without integrity and honesty to lead and help this Valley lose it's tarnished reputation.

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79southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It will be interesting to watch if problems arise in the new administration and how the public will react

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80ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It kills me to hear all this whining from Youngstown people. This city was built by tough guys, not paper mice. Tressel was protecting his players, his fans and yes, his own record. So what? If you don't think coaches and players cheat in football, you've never walked on a field, ever. Players are taught to cheat (and not get caught). Players in all sports (except maybe golf) cheat constantly. Larry Bird was called the biggest cheater in basketball, yet was beloved. Go Jim. Go YSU. Go Buckeyes. And whiners go back to picking your noses and typing. You probably get no audience face to face so this is your world.

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81Chessiedad(194 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

So Tressel was protecting his players.....from whom? And providing his fans with a record of "ill-gotten gains". Now there's something to be proud of. I'll teach my children that cheating at anything only proves that they are less than the next person who tries his best by playing by the rules, and if they don't come in "first place", instead of walking away with the shiny trophy, they walk away with their honor and integrity, intact. Ytowntomg, with your attitude, it's no wonder Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has the reputation it has.....corruption run amok!

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82Guin96(40 comments)posted 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I am supporting Mr. Tressel because he is now our next president. However, it is NOT ok that he lied and cheated and that we should look the other way because "everybody does it". I agree with Chessiedad that this type of attitude contributes to corruption. But we all make mistakes and I believe in second chances. I just hope that he has learned from these past mistakes and will prove to be a good leader for YSU.

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83kurtw(846 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

If Tressel had been honest, he'd have "tweeted"- "Great to be making a half millions bucks a year telling the Schmucks in Y-town what they like to hear. Easy money, I say, and it's also great to have a local newspaper, the Vindy (best in the State!) supporting me all the way (legalized Larceny?). I can't imagine a better deal than this one- except being stuck on a desert island with Phyllis Diller (joke!)"

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84ytowntomg(26 comments)posted 3 months, 1 week ago

I just hope Tressel doesn't trade his YSU president's sweater for a tattoo. The NCAA might make Trafficant interim YSU president.

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