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Jim Tressel- YSU president?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published December 21, 2012

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Shortly after Youngstown State University President Cynthia Anderson announced she was retiring July 1, an e-mail message touting the candidacy of Jim Tressel was sent by a well-known retired professor of the institution. Tessel is one of the most popular and successful ex-football coaches of YSU.

It’s not surprising that his name should be high on the list of successors to Dr. Anderson, who has spent more than four decades serving in various capacities. Before she was hired as president in July 2010, she was the popular vice president of student affairs.

Tressel led YSU to four national championships and then went on to lead Ohio State University to a national championship for the first time in 34 years.

He resigned last year in the midst of the player-tattoo scandal, but it wasn’t long before Akron University hired him to head its development office. His job: Raise money.

And that, in fact, is what supporters of Tressel for YSU president are touting: his national connections with individuals who have lots of money and are strong supporters of YSU and OSU.

But before Tressel’s bid for the presidency of YSU takes on a life of its own, what about his involvement in the Ohio State athletic scandal? It has deprived the university’s football team, which is unbeaten this season, of going to a bowl game, let alone pursuing a national championship. Tressel was never directly implicated, but there's a cloud hanging over his head.

From all indications, Tressel is doing a great job at Akron. There are rumblings that he could be in line for the presidency of the university when the current president retires.

Finally, there’s the idea that the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, frustrated with the team’s failure, could turn to Tressel if  the current coach were cut loose.

If nothing else, Dr, Anderson’s decision to retire in July has made the search for her successor quite interesting.



1saddad(647 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

You must be nuts if you think Tressel will ever get a Presidents job. I dont expect that YSU would hire him for any job.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago


"What would Jimmy do" in the OSU Tatoo scandal?


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3mrblue(1158 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

What is Tressel's experience other than being a coach? Get serious already!

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4mrblue(1158 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Hey Sparky, please don't confuse me with being a Michigan fan-----I am not.

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5northsideperson(366 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I expected Dr Anderson to stay perhaps five-six years, but her sudden departure surprised me.
I'm ambivalent about Jim Tressel - I would hope that there are other candidates with at least the same qualifications and less baggage.

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6Spiderlegs(159 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Fund raising is now the primary job of many university presidents. However, they need to respect the core function of the university (which is academics) and have a leadership team behind them that can run the university. I think Tressel might be able to pull this off if he respected academics more, but I doubt that he does.

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7BlueSteel(44 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

St. Tressel for president? Well, if lying and cheating required for the job - he's a good fit.

Let's review Tressel’s highlights, while at THEE Ohio State University:

- 34 player arrests
- At least 13 players, if not more, being ruled ineligible by the NCAA for various reasons
- Numerous off the field incidents and violations that were questionable or show tOSU in a bad light
- Choking QB
- $500 handshakes
- 3 full blown NCAA investigations, two of which led to the program being put on probation for 3 years each, March 2006 - March 2009 and Dec 2011 – Dec 2014.
- A convicted felon allowed to walk on the team
- A pedophile allowed on the team
- Moreese
- The Tat-5 scandal
- Postseason ban for the 2012 football season
- Vacation of all wins for the 2010 football regular season, including the 2010 Big Ten Conference co-championship and participation in the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
- Being forced to “retire” and banned from coaching for 5 years.

This isn't anything new for St. Tressel.

Let's go back to Tressel's days at YSU and Ray Isaac. YSU was cited by the NCAA for lack of institutional control after Ray Isaac, who quarterbacked the 1991 team to a Division I-AA championship, was later found to have accepted $10,000 and access to cars provided by the former chairman of Youngstown State’s board of trustees.

There were a number of NCAA violations while Tressel was at Youngstown State. Both he and YSU were sanctioned for violating the NCAA CONSTITUTION 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.8.1 and 6.4.2, known as Lack of Institutional Control. Youngstown State would accept minor scholarship cuts. But avoiding the truth for so long served the team and city well. With the NCAA's statute of limitations on violations having expired in 1996 -- five years after Isaac left college -- the NCAA declined to strip Youngstown State of its beloved '91 national championship.

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8DSquared(1564 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow! Someone has a baaaad obsession! Yikes!

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9sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

How many millions has Jim Tressel and his family donated to YSU? You jealous idiots in this city, who better to be YSU president than Jim Tressel? "His baggage", are you kidding me? A punk kid from Pa getting tattoo's was his down fall, ewww I can live with that more than child molestation from a coaching staff. Living in Youngstown one thing is for sure, you are surrounded by idiots.

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10papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

tressels book was all about honor, integrity, morality, faith. are you kidding me? this man's a phony and has none of these qualities. find someone more deserving.

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11kurtw(1538 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The Internet has done for higher education what it has done for newspapers- made them secondary and unnecessary. Any high school graduate who wants further training can easily do so without having to sponsor the elitist life styles of University Profs and Presidents. Same with newspapers- they're a luxury, not a necessity because all the information we want is freely available elsewhere.

It's a completely different ball game and my only suggestion to people like Jim Tressel and Cindy Anderson is "cash in" while you can because, as Bob Dylan said: "The Times They are a-changing".

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