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Tressel returns to YSU to speak Monday; reception to follow

Published: Sun, May 11, 2014 @ 5:57 p.m.

Tressel will become the university's ninth president in its 106-year history.


The newly chosen ninth president of Youngstown State University will be on campus Monday.

Jim Tressel will have a press conference at 7 p.m. in the Ohio Room on the second floor of Kilcawley Center.

A special YSU Board of Trustees’ meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Kilcawley Center. Tressel and his wife, Ellen, are expected to attend that meeting.

A reception for Tressel in the student center will follow the press conference.

Tressel was selected by the trustees in a unanimous vote on Friday morning and he accepted. The terms of his contract must still be negotiated.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


1Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Question: I have a family member who's graduating next week, from YSU. If Tressels signature is on his diploma, can he sell it to any of the "Tresselmania" gang, as memorabilia of their "dream-come-true" debacle? Tim, Bob, Bruce..c'mon, any takers? Yes, it's not the "golden pants" or whatever the hell those kids were selling, but hey, it might have his majesty's name on it! Nah, now that I think about it, if it has Tressels name on it, for those of us who prefer to associate our accomplishments with men of honor and integrity, it means less than the worth of the paper it's printed on (I was thinking of using a different type of "paper" reference, but I thought I'd cut JT a break).

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2northsideperson(366 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

My informal poll of friends, neighbors, and family shows more disapproval than approval.

Netatives include that he's not expected to be a friend to non-teaching bargaining units, that local business people will expect him to "owe" them, that he's not an academic, and that his failure at Ohio State should have disqualified him.
Positives were that he can (potentially) rally the university and community and that he has support of local business.

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3samIam(242 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Hey Youngstown naysayers do you all prefer that we stick with the same type of under-achievers that previously held the presidency? At least Tressel don't NEED the money.
He has more moxie that the previous 6 presidents combined!

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4YSUguins(19 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Why do all of you negative people still live in Youngstown and discuss YSU? You obviously don't want to be here. Every one of you needs professional mental help in dealing with your tortured mental states. I can't imagine going through every day of my existence being so unhappy and dissatisfied. Please find a new place to call home. And take Bertram with you!

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5Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

SoupCity85.....trust me, my family member is relieved to be graduating before the "Tressel Regime" begins. And yes, to your surprise, I agree that it will be a "stinking" signature. Everything the new "Prez" does will carry the stench of his shameful actions at OSU. It's his legacy and he should have thought about living under it's shadow, no matter where he goes or what he does, before he perpetrated his lies and cover-ups. Lastly, it's obvious that you can't defend his discretions so all you have left is silly name-calling....typical of those who choose to pretend that Tressel did nothing wrong at OSU.

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6Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, and by the way, SoupCity85, I read through your previous posts, and I paid particular attention to one from March, 2010, you know, the one where you had nothing but contempt for YSU because they were not giving you credit for your military service and experience (and once again, strangely enough, I agree with you because I stand by our military veterans and believe that if honorably discharged, they should be automatically moved to the "front of the line" for whatever endeavor they may undertake). What puzzles me is, as you claim, that you served in the military for as long as you did, then you certainly were taught the meanings of the words "honor" and "integrity". Therefore you must know that those are two character qualities that cannot be applied to Tressels history at OSU. Just a tip, but try and remember what you write in your past posts, and review them periodically, so you don't come off as some kind of irrational, ranting lunatic.

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7republicanRick(1742 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I love losers like Chessiedad who have never accomplished anything in life and when they do not get their way they cry and whine and throw a tantrum.

The choice has been made, the vast majority support the choice, so get on board or get the heck out of the way. Work to make our area a better place, not be some loser whiner.

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8lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

SoupCity...well said. There is a whole lot of "first stone" casting here.

And the "casters", who shield themselves behind the anonymity of their screen names, are duplicitous cowards. Jim, at least, puts it all out there for both his fans and his critics alike.

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9Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

SoupCity85......you are correct, sir, I cannot claim that I am without sin, however, it is not my character or background that is in question, here. As you and others try to deflect and redirect the focus of Tressels sordid past, making claims that what he did can be excused as "human nature"' well, I for one, am not buying in to that. He did what he did for his own personal gratification and "human nature" or not, those are the facts and they can't be disputed. And for him to be rewarded for that is the height of hypocrisy, especially when that reward involves leading the youth of our community.

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10frinightlights(10 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Simply put. Every president and presidential applicant in the history of the school accepted or wanted the job to better themselves, personally, until now. Tressel accepts the job to make the school better, and for those of you that don't know, it's not about him in everything he does. He was the scapegoat in Columbus and if that is hard to understand then you can't begin to understand how the real world works. For those of you cheering for him to fail. It's too bad that you will be so wrong and will never admit it.

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11Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

frinightlights.....take a second and read the articles from ESPN and SI, in the shortcuts below. Then, please tell me, without putting any kind of crazy "spin" on it, how anyone can conclude that Tressel was a "scapegoat" for anyone or anything related to the OSU incidents.


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12papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

for those who think tressel will turn ysu into the ohio state, you are delusional. be honest, it's all about football. you couldn't care less about student enrollment or how deeply in debt ysu is. will he immediately cut tuition? no. I heard jim Campbell tell dan rivers this morning, " we'll have to talk about this again, closer to football season." hey Campbell, they didn't rehire a football coach. what does football season have to do with it? will they talk about whether attendance has increased since hiring of "THE GREAT ONE."

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13Chessiedad(380 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, frinightlights, didn't get the second shortcut in. Here it is:


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