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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.

 


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1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years ago

WWJD?

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

Lie

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2mrblue(1061 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

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

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3mrblue(1061 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

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

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4northsideperson(365 comments)posted 1 year, 12 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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5niterider(5 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

You got to be kidding. even YSU can do better than Tressel and they could have done better than Anderson. Tressel is a loser and knows nothing about running an educational institution. YSU could become a good school with some GOOD leadership

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6Spiderlegs(144 comments)posted 1 year, 12 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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7sameolhub(56 comments)posted 1 year, 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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8papa1(696 comments)posted 1 year, 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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9palmer16121(116 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow...a football coach makes not a good university president. I'd rather somebody who's a Ph.D to take over the position, and to actually kick some sense into the board...and I don't know...actually lead by example.

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10kurtw(938 comments)posted 1 year, 11 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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