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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(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

So YSU gets Akron's hand me downs.

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(565 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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3Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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4Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Welcome back Jim!

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5Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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6YSU2(17 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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7YSU2(17 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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8YSU2(17 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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9BlueSteel(44 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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10Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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11walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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12BlueSteel(44 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

A sad and embarrassing day to be a YSU grad.

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13Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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14YSU2(17 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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15billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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16Westsider(253 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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17redeye1(5355 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

A Mistake, NO A giant MISTAKE !!!!! Sounds like the BOT got their checks in the mail yesterday. Mistake!!!!!!!!!

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18walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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19gulfcoast(3 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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20Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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21Millerh113(200 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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22valleyred(1102 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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23JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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24republicanRick(1542 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I see by the above that billdog and YSU2 did not get their way so like little brats they are throwing temper tantrums. Looks like they learned nothing about life and working together with others while at YSU. Go ahead sulk like losers, winners adapt and move on to better futures.

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25billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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26Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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27badeepster(123 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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28badeepster(123 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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29billdog1(4073 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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30highimpactfootball(1 comment)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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31valleyred(1102 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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32Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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33badeepster(123 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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34Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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35Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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36DwightK(1458 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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37valleyred(1102 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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38Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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39walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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40DSquared(1566 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank God he accepted. That's the best news this Valley has had in a looooooong time! I'm sure the "Gloom and Doom" Liberals have their panties in a wad over this!

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41lovethiscity(163 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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42Attis(1031 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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43patrickhm(26 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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44Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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45OhioCop(3 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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46valleyred(1102 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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47CountryGirl51(221 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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48YSUguins(19 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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49Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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50Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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51Seriouslee(146 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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52HSG(178 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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53GuinsFootball4Life(4 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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54JollyGood(2 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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55BlueSteel(44 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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56Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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57pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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58uptowngirl(132 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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59Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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60southsidedave(5161 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

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

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61Chessiedad(348 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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62kurtw(1538 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months 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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