Published October 24, 2009
About a week after "Stirfry" had an entry titled "Jim Tressel for Youngstown State president?" a columnist for the Columbus Dispatch, Bob Hunter, had the following piece in Friday's edition:
How does Tressel feel about being nominated? When he was asked yesterday, the normally eloquent Tressel was momentarily speechless."There's no good answer to that question, is there?" he said.
He eventually said that he was honored by the nomination, but he seemed uncomfortable with the topic, as one might expect.
Tressel, who could help with the school's fundraising even though he might lack academic credentials, said he has received some mail about the nomination. But he seemed to weigh his words carefully when asked whether he had ever thought about being a college president or whether this is a position he would ever consider.
"I love that place," Tressel said. "But I wouldn't want to say anything at all that would indicate that I don't love what I'm doing right now."
Shortly after the letter of nomination was revealed in "Stirfry," there was chatter that Tressel, whose success as head football coach at Youngstown State is still feted by long-time supporters, would be issuing a response that said, in effect, "thanks, but no thanks."
However, based on Hunter's reporting, it appears that Tressel was at least weighing the pros and cons of such a dramatic move.
By the same token, reaction to the Oct. 17 "Stirfry" blog makes it clear that support for the football coach becoming YSU president is by no means unanimous.